Critical Control
Security Advisor Middle East|June 2019
Critical Control

Whether They Generate Or Distribute Power, Or Extract Oil And Gas, Or Facilitate Communications, Industrial Companies House Critical Infrastructure Vital For A Nation’s Economy. The Advent Of Industrial Internet Of Things And The Convergence Of It And Ot Infrastructures, As Well As The Growing Number Of Sensitive Information, Have Significantly Expanded The Threat Landscape. As A Result, Governments And Enterprises Alike Are Doubling Up Their Efforts To Secure These Valuable Resources. Tüv Rheinland’s Regional Manager For Asia Pacific, India, Middle East And Africa – Digital Transformation And Cybersecurity, John Ramesh Shares Insights Into The Evolution Of The Industrial Sector And Why Security Transformation Within The Space Is Now More Important Than Ever.

Can you please give an overview of TÜV Rheinland’s operations? What have been some of the highlights at the company over the past 12 months?

Established in 1872, TÜV Rheinland has been assisting critical infrastructure sector organisations on matters of safety and security for over 145 years. Our key services include compliance assessment and certification, testing and implementation of security frameworks and practice in line with internal standards as well as local and global regulations.

Over the past two decades, we have been operating in the Middle East, India, Africa and the Asia Pacific regions. We cater to a variety of industrial and critical sectors such as utilities, oil and gas, transportation and shipping. One of our primary offerings centres on enabling organisations to comply with local cybersecurity laws and regulations, remediating cyber incidents and achieving higher maturity of cyber resilience for their industrial and operational technology (OT) assets and facilities.

As for the Asia Pacific region, we have a laboratory stationed in Malaysia. We also have several strong partnerships in Japan, where we focus on delivering technical expertise centreed around GDPR, artificial intelligence, governance, risk and compliance management (GRC), testing and certification, OT and industrial cybersecurity and more.

Some of the key highlights, we have achieved over the past year, include signing a number of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with large regional organisations to collaborate on cybersecurity services within industrial facilities.

We have also made significant investments in our regional operations. In addition to our strong presence in Oman, we have further bolstered our IMEA operations by opening new hubs in key countries such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia with plans to open more in the pipeline

As part of our expansion plans, we have also hired top consultants and industrial and OT cybersecurity experts. This is in line with our commitment to bridging the current skills gap in the market and our vision of expanding our capabilities beyond traditional testing, inspection and certification.

How have industrial control systems evolved over the years and how have Internet of Things technologies impacted industrial systems?

Over the past few years, Industrial Control Systems (ICS) have undergone a rapid transformation fueled by innovations in automation, technology and communication. From traditional systems to modern hyper-connected complex networks, automation and control systems have now evolved to become an integral part of organisations within the critical infrastructure sectors.

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