Siemens Industry has unveiled its Managed Security Service in the U.S., which is designed to offer continuous protection to production environments. The offering includes assessment of security posture, implementation of recommended security measures, and transitions into ongoing defense against rapidly evolving cybersecurity threats in Industrial Control System environments.

The new offering will first be introduced in the U.S. followed by Europe and Asia.

The Industrial Security Services group expands on the existing Siemens security portfolio by providing holistic protection to manufacturing sites.

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Siemens’ approach is to partner with customers to help them build sustainable industrial security programs by leveraging expertise in automation and industrial cybersecurity.

“Global cyber threats are rapidly evolving, and it also takes continuous and comprehensive action to protect production environments,” says Jagannath Rao, president of Industry Customer Services. “This new managed service will allow customers to stay focused on their core business while entrusting the implementation of their security program to Siemens as a knowledgeable partner.”

The specific requirements for security of an Industrial Control System (ICS) environment differ from the enterprise requirements of corporate IT. In a production environment, availability is a key security goal. To ensure uninterrupted production and maximized uptime requires comprehensive protection of the people, processes and equipment.  

The impacts of a successful attack can be serious, and include health, safety, and ICS environmental impacts along with manipulation of data, IP theft, sabotage of production and plant downtime.

The new offering is designed to help customers move away from point solutions for security to a comprehensive security program delivered through a managed security service, making security an ongoing life cycle.