Cybersecurity as top priority the enhance Chemical Safety and Security

As a result of a cyberattack, release of toxic chemicals or stoppage of flow of chemicals (reagents) to other industries would have serious health, social, economic and ecological repercussions. The effects of a cyber-attack on chemical industrial facility or any industrial plant, can be catastrophic for the company's operations, property, health and life of employees and the environment. ICCSS actively enhances cybersecurity culture, best practices and capacity building in chemical and energy sectors. ICCSS Cybersecurity Portal >

Industry of the future will bring ever-wider connection of industrial machines and equipment via Internet what will increase cyber risks and threats. ICCSS survey on CIVID-19 impact on chemical industry confirmed existence of growing cyber threats, including increase in phishing attacks and online scam.

Because of the type of chemicals stored in chemical plants, such as chlorine and nitrous oxide, implementing and adhering to safety guidelines is extremely important to prevent catastrophes. Strengthening safety and security at chemical plant sites is an important task in preventing the hostile use of chemicals. It seems to be of utmost importance to advance the protection mechanisms of chemical plants’ computer networks in order to reduce or, if possible, eliminate vulnerability of release of toxic chemicals.

ICCSS has initiated and led a series of international activities (below) to enhance cybersecurity culture, best practices and capacity building, in chemical and energy sectors.

These initiatives are rooted in the ICCSS vision for industrial cybersecurity as a core element of the broadly, holistically understood "security and protection" of the enterprise.  This allows to integrate cybersecurity with safety security and reliability. We move from paper safety and security to digital security, which enable to monitor the industry process in real time. Use of new technologies of digitizing industrial plants, combined with existing techniques, such as Asset Integrity Management (AIM), assist to overcome the cyber-threats associated with the digital industry. Automating policies, procedures and reporting within integrated management platforms, will lead to better coordination, consistency, transparency, and reduce costs.

ICCSS offers unique training program for industry to increase resilience against cyber threats. ICCSS also offers a Road Map for Raising Cybersecurity Awareness and Responsibility for international organisations.

 

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ICCSS led international activities to enhances cybersecurity and reliability in in chemical and energy sectors

  1. ICCSS leads the development, within an international Group, of the  Manual on Good Practices on Cybersecurity and Reliability in the Chemical and Energy Carriers Industries. It will help build awareness of cyber attacks and spread the cybersecurity culture.
  2. ICCSS has initiated the development of international education and training programs for industrial cybersecurity and reliability. The international team of government, industry and academia partners from Canada, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Poland, Ukraine, and United States, develops concept of industrial cybersecurity  Post Graduate Studies, Bachelor’s degree, and the standardized trainings, to be offered internationally.
  3. Upon the ICCSS initiative, 3 market competences in industrial cybersecurity and reliability will be officially released in Poland at the beginning of January 2021. These 3 competences include: company leaders and senior management (cybersecurity and reliability policy); company managers (cybersecurity and reliability management): and for company technical staff (cybersecurity and reliability implementation). Poland is the first EU country which developed and implemented such competences. The introduction of these competences will enable to develop and implement a coherent cybersecurity policies and practices at a company as an element of resilience and reliability.
  4. ICCSS promotes partnerships among the international organisations, with an emphasis on the UN system and the OPCW, in strengthening cybersecurity in the chemical and environmental activities. It should focus on gathering and sharing of the most recent knowledge in terms of procedures, technical solutions and trainings in cybersecurity and reliability. The ICCSS has developed the concept of the OPCW roadmap for raising cybersecurity awareness and responsibility among chemical industry stakeholders.