New cooperation for stability and security in Industry 4.0

, Leipzig
  • Rhebo and ITConcepts Automotive close the gap of stability and security in Industrial Control Systems.
  • The cooperation merges the automotive-IT expertise of ITConcepts Automotive with the innovative technology of anomaly detection developed by Rhebo.
  • The cooperation aims to further safeguard automation companies against cyber threats such as WannaCry and Industroyer. 

Leipzig/Wolfsburg, Germany, 22 August 2017 - In the aftermath of WannaCry, Industroyer and NotPetya, companies are finally forced to defend themselves against previously unknown and complex cyberattacks. According to a study by Bitkom Research, the damage caused by cyberattacks in the years 2015/2016 for German companies alone amounted to more than 109 billion Euro. Around 53 percent of all companies surveyed were affected. In the 2013/2014 survey period, the figure was still 102 billion euro at 51 percent of all companies. While Bitkom conceals the distribution of affected industry sectors in its new study, the predecessor study identified Germany's most innovative industry as the focus of the attacks: 68 percent of all automobile companies were victims of data theft, sabotage or espionage.

Combining the competences for a secure Industry 4.0

Innovative concepts are needed to mitigate the immanent threats. With ITConcepts Automotive and Rhebo, two specialists of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) now cooperate to support the automotive industry to protect themselves against the new cyber threats. Both companies combine decades of expertise, a worldwide network and cutting-edge technology that combines machine learning with the detailed analysis methodology of Deep Packet Inspection. At the center of the cooperation is the self-learning anomaly detection of Rhebo, which ensures companies of Industry 4.0 to have the means for an early detection of manipulations, disruptions and attacks of their ICS.

Anomaly detection - The automation industry’s smoke detector

It is no longer enough to protect corporate networks against known viruses and malware. The ever-easier adaptation of malware to specific targets makes it easy for cybercriminals to undercut the usual security solutions such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems and SIEMS. Additionally, the increased complexity of Industry 4.0 environments and the resulting lack of transparency, and the increased susceptibility due to misconfigurations and capacity bottlenecks require a detailed internal view of the network activities. Self-learning anomaly detection makes these functional threats visible in real-time, as well.

»With Rhebo's anomaly detection, we offer our customers competent support in the domain of the IIoT«, Gernot Joswig, authorized representative of ITConcepts Automotive, explains the decision to cooperate with the German technology company. »We are convinced of the innovative technology and its high reliability. A decisive factor - especially for our customers in automation - is the seamless integration of the new technology into their existing IT security systems.«

Dr. Frank Stummer, member of the Rhebo management board, adds: »We are pleased to have found a very well networked, competent partner in ITConcepts Automotive who has built up a strong authority as a reliable system integrator and IT strategist in the automotive industry worldwide. I think in this constellation, we can offer the automotive industry an optimal solution to the challenges their ICS face with the development of Industry 4.0.«


About Rhebo

Rhebo is a German technology company specializing in the reliability of industrial control systems by means of surveilling the entire data communication. Its founders, Klaus Mochalski (CEO), Martin Menschner (CTO) and Frank Stummer (Business Development), each have more than 10 years of experience in the development and marketing of network management and IT security technologies. Klaus Mochalski and Frank Stummer were previously founders in the management of IT security companies ipoque, and Adyton Systems, which together now have more than 200 employees. During the same period, Martin Menschner was the responsible CTO at Adyton Systems as well as project manager for ipoque in the areas of network security and deep packet inspection.

About ITConcepts

ITConcepts Automotive GmbH, headquartered in Wolfsburg, is part of the ITConcepts company group. The ITConcepts Automotive, which has been independent since 2013, is a specialist in IT consulting and implementation in the automotive industry. Its customers include both national and international manufacturers as well as automotive suppliers. As an expert, consultant and pioneer for digital change, ITConcepts provides a digital space of trust in which the communication and integration can take place safely.



Kristin Preßler (Head of Marketing)
Rhebo GmbH
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