ABB’s new cybersecurity solution simplifies and enhances protection of industrial infrastructure

  • ABB Ability™ Cyber ​​Security Workplace (CSWP) integrates multiple security tools into a single-view digital platform, simplifying the Display of complex information and reducing risk
  • New solution aims to fill current cybersecurity skills gap and improve protection of critical Industrial assets
  • Simplified security control information enables operations teams to make easier, more informed decisions and improve the security of industrial automation systems

ABB has launched ABB Ability™ Cyber ​​Security Workplace (CSWP), which integrates ABB and third-party security solutions into a simple but comprehensive digital platform to enhance the protection of critical industrial assets. By making it easier to access and manage cybersecurity information, engineers and operations personnel can quickly identify and fix problems, reducing risk.

ABB’s new cybersecurity solution simplifies and enhances protection of industrial infrastructure

According to research firm Cybersecurity Ventures, global cybercrime losses, such as intellectual property theft, disruption of operations and damage to physical assets, will grow at an annual rate of 15% over the next five years1. This means that by 2025, the resulting business costs could reach $10.5 trillion per year2.

ABB CSWP Solutions

ABB’s new solution makes security control maintenance a key part of daily operations, bringing relevant information into a single view to help address this growing threat and protect operational assets more effectively. Many cybersecurity tools in the industry today are siloed, forcing operators to switch back and forth between disparate systems to understand basic status information, perform maintenance tasks, or respond to incidents. Information is presented in a way that is too complex for operators who are not well versed in cybersecurity or familiar with a particular application, potentially introducing security breaches and risks to the asset environment.

Matthew Virostek, Head of ABB CSWP Product, said:

The ABB CSWP solution overcomes these challenges by simplifying security control status information and enabling remote access. When users need additional support, ABB’s technical experts are able to connect directly to the user’s environment. Operational technology and information technology networks are also isolated from each other, allowing for faster identification of risk factors and better-informed, data-driven decisions that help optimize performance and resource usage, thereby contributing to the achievement of sustainable development goals.

According to the latest report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), the world is facing a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals, with a shortfall of more than 2.7 million3, and although the gap is steadily decreasing, the shortfall is still large. According to the 2021 internet Security Conference (ISC) 2 Cybersecurity Practitioner Research Report, the number of cybersecurity professionals will need to increase by 65% ​​to effectively protect critical industrial equipment from the growing number of ransomware attacks.

By simplifying the management of cybersecurity information, the ABB CSWP system can encourage and lead more talents to become experts in the field of cybersecurity. With global digital transformation spending expected to increase to $7 trillion from 2020 to 2023,4 maintaining a robust pipeline of cybersecurity talent is critical to protecting critical infrastructure and the livelihoods of people around the world.

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