Chemical Cybersecurity Challenges

Loss of revenue
Reputation damage
Loss of competitive edge
Regulatory intervention

Chemical manufacturing companies have invested heavily in automation and information technology to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency in their production environments. For example, the industrial (ICS/SCADA) networks responsible for the manufacture of chemical products’ are now connected to new management systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES). This is in addition to continued adoption of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)/Industrie 4.0 technologies that enhance productivity. The downside is that improved connectivity and the adoption of new technologies introduce new risks to operational and business continuity.

A major threat to companies in the chemical industry is adversaries aiming to affect operational continuity by sabotaging industrial networks and processes. As seen in the attack against the German iron plant, hackers now leverage the connectivity between the IT and OT environments to penetrate production networks. Once they gain access to the production network, they aim to disrupt operations and cause operational downtime. Besides losing availability, a cyber-attack can target the chemical product’s ingredients and manipulate them. This can lead to loss of revenue and can even prove deadly if defective products are released to the market.

SCADAfence for the Chemical Industry

Most of the existing IT security solutions available today are unfit for industrial networks. IT solutions, which are usually designed either for intrusive integration or with active components, can jeopardize operational continuity by adding unnecessary risks. In addition, the solutions are unable to inspect industrial protocols and to profile industrial behavior, and are therefore incapable of maximizing their potential in industrial networks.

SCADAfence’s passive solutions for chemical companies are designed to reduce operational risks such as downtime, product manipulation and theft of sensitive proprietary information. The company offers a comprehensive solution suite that includes continuous real-time monitoring of the industrial environment as well as lightweight tools designed to automate the security assessment process. The solutions are based on a deep understanding of the needs of chemical companies, and offer visibility of day-to-day operations, detection of cyber-attacks and forensics tools designed to improve responsiveness.

Industrial Network
and Asset Visibility
Detection of Cyber-Attacks
and Non Malicious Threats
Risk Management
and Predictive Alerts

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