Renowned Fraunhofer Institute integrates Rhebo Industrial Protector

, Leipzig/Lemgo
Fraunhofer Rhebo
  • The Fraunhofer Institute uses Rhebo Industrial Protector in the IT Security Laboratory
  • Rhebo Industrial Protector impressed above all with its uncomplicated usability, specialization in industrial network protocols and passive integration.
  • Fraunhofer IOSB-INA uses anomaly detection in industrial security training for SME

Leipzig, October 10, 2018 - The industrial anomaly detection Rhebo Industrial Protector is deployed in the IT Security Laboratory of the SmartFactoryOWL as a showcase for cybersecurity and network analysis in industrial environments. The SmartFactoryOWL is a cooperation of Fraunhofer IOSB-INA and OWL University.

For the Fraunhofer Institute in Lemgo, Germany, the solution for continuous network monitoring of Industrial Control Systems (ICS) is exemplary for simple, practicable network monitoring.

In the future, both large companies and medium-sized industrial companies are to be trained on anomaly detection to comprehensively monitor their ICS and optimally control it using integrative asset management.

Jens Otto, Group Leader Cybersecurity at Fraunhofer IOSB-INA, explains the decision for Rhebo Industrial Protector in a short interview.

What convinced you about Rhebo's solution?

Jens Otto: »We were convinced by the straightforward user interface, which can be used and operated without extensive know-how. A further strength in passive network analysis is the support of industrial network protocols such as PROFINET and EtherCAT, which are often used by medium-sized companies«.

In which scope is Rhebo Industrial Protector used?

Jens Otto: »We will use Rhebo Industrial Protector in particular as part of the training and seminar program offered by the IT Security Laboratory. Participants are trained in the implementation of easy-to-use, holistic security concepts - this is particularly important for our partners in medium-sized companies. The aim of the training courses on the new hardware is to illustrate an effective network monitoring system. This is intended to make production plants and their network components (e.g. PLC, fieldbus coupler, etc.) transparent. Especially in existing plants with grown network structures, this is a central security aspect.

In our seminars, training participants learn how to comprehensively secure industrial IT infrastructures. This begins with data collection by sensors in the production plant and ends with data analysis in the cloud or edge solution«.

What insights do you expect to gain?

Jens Otto: »We hope that the integration of Rhebo Industrial Protector into the IT Security Laboratory will enable us to demonstrate to our training participants the simplified implementation of security solutions. The advantages of passive network analysis, which does not disrupt the production process, will be illustrated.

In addition, we want to highlight the topic of asset management, which is closely linked to passive network analysis and generally sensitizes people to the topic of cybersecurity«.

The Rhebo Industrial Protector industrial anomaly detection system monitors control communication in industrial control systems seamlessly and non-intrusively. The communication is decoded at content level, any suspicious event is reported in real-time and stored, including all incident details, for rapid analysis. Even erroneous operations, which can lead to system malfunctions, are reliably detected, evaluated according to risk and reported. Filter policies and universal interfaces additionally enable the integration of Rhebo Industrial Protector as a data source for existing backend systems such as SAP, MES and firewalls.


About Rhebo

Rhebo is a German company that specializes in the reliability and resilience of industrial companies and critical infrastructure. With its solutions and services, Rhebo monitors and analyzes all data communication within industrial control systems, reports anomalies in real-time , thus increasing the cybersecurity and productivity of industrial control systems. Rhebo is one of the top 30 industrial security providers in Gartner's »Market Guide for Operational Technology Security 2017«. The company is also a member of Teletrust - Bundesverband IT-Sicherheit e.V. and Bitkom e.V.


About Fraunhofer IOSB-INA – Industrial Automation branch

The mission of Fraunhofer IOSB-INA in Lemgo: Empowering our partners for the digital age! As a leading research institute in the field of industrial automation Fraunhofer supports equipment suppliers, machine and plant manufacturers as well as operators of automated technical systems with the digital transformation. Expertise in the application of industrial automation - networking, analysis and monitoring as well as the user-friendly design of technical systems - is our core competence. The business areas include Industrial Internet (IIoT), intelligent automation, assistance systems and cybersecurity in production.



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