GE Provides Critical Cyber Security Protection to

Utility Company in the Middle East

Customer

A major electric utility company in the Middle East sought to comply with industry security and reliability standards.

Challenge

A major utility company in the Middle East operates a power plant facility consisting of five power blocks. The site is currently undergoing an upgrade from simple to combined cycle production. The customer wants to improve their cyber security posture following the direction of many critical infrastructure operations in the region.

 

GE Is Part of the Solution

To help improve their security position, GE provided a thorough study and security gap analysis for the customer before implementing its defense-in-depth industrial control system (ICS) cyber security solutions.

GE’s centralized management system, SecurityST, provides access control for the entire plant, featuring centralized backup and recovery, Network Intrusion Detection and secure data exchange across multiple systems. GE’s Cyber Asset Protection (CAP) subscription further strengthens the security posture with real-time topography identification, patch management, and hardening of HMIs as a best practice to maintain system functionality.

The solution is Achilles Practice Certified and aligned to the IEC 62443-2-4 international standard, indicating the solution uses best practices for integration and maintenance.

Technology Highlights

  • SecurityST significantly reduces the attack surface of the control network, immediately improving security posture of the plant
  • Centralized Anti-Virus and Host-based Intrusion Detection protects HMIs from unauthorized use of external devices or media
  • CAP Program provides validated updates and patches, ensuring assets operate at peak performance


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