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MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Honeywell announced the formation of its Industrial IT Solutions group during the 2012 Honeywell User Group (HUG) conference in Phoenix, Ariz., last month.
Comprised of a global team of experts including network and security-certified professionals, the Industrial IT Solutions group specializes in the design, performance assessment and protection of networks used in the process industry, including wireless instrument and SCADA platforms.
The vendor-neutral program provides four phases to guard plant control system networks from cyber threats by assessing, remediating, maintaining and managing plant automation network performance, vulnerabilities and cyber security measures.
Jon Lippin, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Lifecycle Solutions and Services for Honeywell Process Solutions explained that automation network security and performance has become a critical component of plant safety in the process industries. He added that the risks and complexity of cyber vulnerabilities that come from fast expanding control networks must be addressed with the same vigilance as process safety risks assessments.
According to Lippin, Honeywell has invested in building the Industrial IT Solutions practice to help industrial plant, pipeline and asset owners stay ahead of the threats, regardless of control system vendor or location by providing a scalable approach to managing all aspects of modern industrial control system networks.