ABB launches cyber security solution to simplify and improve protection of industrial infrastructure

  • ABB Ability™ Cyber Security Workplace consolidates security tools into a single-view digital platform, streamlining the display of complex information and reducing exposure to risk
  • New solution aims to address the current skills gap in cyber security literacy and protect critical industry assets
  • Simplified security control information makes it easier for operational teams to make better decisions and improve industrial automation security

ABB has launched ABB Ability Cyber Security Workplace (CSWP) which enhances the protection of critical industrial infrastructure by consolidating both ABB and third-party security solutions into one simple, all-encompassing digital platform. By making cyber security information more accessible and easier to manage, engineers and operators can quickly identify and remediate issues, reducing exposure to risk.

According to research provider Cybersecurity Ventures, global cybercrime costs from theft of intellectual property, disrupted operations and damage to physical assets are expected to grow by 15 percent annually over the next five years.1 This could represent an approximate annual cost to commerce of $10.5 trillion by 2025, equivalent to 50 percent of US GDP2.

ABB’s new solution helps address this growing threat and more efficiently protect operational assets by making the maintenance of security controls a key part of daily operations and summarizing information into a single view. Many of the existing cyber security tools in the industry are siloed, forcing operators to pivot from one system to another to understand basic status information, perform maintenance tasks or respond to an incident. Information is also often presented in a way that is too complex for those who are not cyber security specialists or familiar with a specific application, which can result in security gaps and risk to the asset environment.

“ABB’s CSWP solution overcomes these challenges by simplifying security control status information and enabling remote access, making it possible for ABB’s technical domain experts to connect directly to their environment when additional support is needed,” said Matthew Virostek, product owner for CSWP at ABB. “Operational technology and information technology networks are also isolated so that elements of risk are identified faster, leading to more informed, data-led decisions that help optimize performance and resource use, and hence contribute to driving sustainability goals.”

According to the latest report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the global economy is facing a cyber security workforce gap of more than 2.7 million professionals,3 which although steadily decreasing, is still too large. According to the 2021 (ISC)3 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, the ranks of cyber security professionals need to grow by 65 percent to effectively defend critical industrial assets against the rising number of ransomware attacks.

By simplifying the management of cyber security information, ABB’s CSWP aims to encourage and recruit a new generation of specialists into the industry. With a $7 trillion projected global spend on digital transformation from 2020 to 2023,4 maintaining a robust pipeline of cyber security talent is essential to protect both critical infrastructures and the livelihoods of people around the world.

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ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our # 1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations. go.abb/processautomation

                                                       

1 https://cybersecurityventures.com/cybercrime-damages-6-trillion-by-2021/

2 https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.CD?locations=US

3 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/03/closing-the-cybersecurity-skills-gap

4 https://telecoms.com/507803/digital-transformation-spending-forecast-to-skyrocket-to-6-8-trillion/

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