ABB's New Tool Protects Industrial Infrastructure

ABB has launched ABB Ability Cyber Security Workplace (CSWP), which enhances the protection of critical industrial infrastructure. Accordingly, the platform consolidates 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.

Furthermore, ABB’s new solution helps address this growing threat and more efficiently protect operational assets. For that reason, making the maintenance of security controls a key part of daily operations and summarizing information into a single view.

ABB’s new solution aims to address the current skills gap in cyber security literacy and protect critical industry assets.

Overcomes Security Risks, Gaps

Many of the existing cyber security tools in the industry have become siloed, forcing operators to pivot from one system to another to understand basic status information, perform maintenance tasks or respond to an incident.

In addition, presentation of information happens in a way that is too complex for those who are not cyber security specialists. Moreso, those who are not 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.

In addition, Virostek said, “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. Hence, (contributing) to driving sustainability goals.”

Encourage New Specialists

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

Meanwhile, 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,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 US$7 trillion projected global spend on digital transformation from 2020 to 2023, maintaining a robust pipeline of cyber security talent is essential to protect both critical infrastructures and the livelihoods of people around the world.