Honeywell has announced the launch of its first industrial cyber security centre of excellence (COE) at its Middle East headquarters in Dubai.
The centre will test and demonstrate process control network vulnerabilities and threats, train customers with real-time attack simulations and provide advanced customer consultations.
This investment supports regional government initiatives such as the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy, aimed at strengthening cyber security defenses amidst growing digital transformation across industries.
“This COE is the first-of-its-kind dedicated to developing world-class industrial cyber security expertise for our customers in the region,” said Jeff Zindel, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security, who inaugurated the centre.
“It provides a safe, real-world environment to learn in, allowing us to innovate and augment industrial cyber security skills.
The centre contains distributed control systems, a physical plant process and the industrial cyber security software and solutions.
It includes data analytics and networking equipment capable of supporting unique training sessions, demonstrations, workshops, and cyber-attack simulations.
“As threats to industrial control environments become more sophisticated, it will be crucial to train the workforce of the industry for effective cyber security implementation,” said Safdar Akhtar, business development director of Industrial Cyber Security for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Honeywell Process Solutions.
Honeywell solutions made available in the centre include Risk Manager, Experion® PKS, Secure Media Exchange (SMX),Advanced Threat Intelligence Exchange (ATIX), ICS Shield and Industrial Managed Security Services.