- Critical infrastructure is in focus of emerging cyberwar activities
- SUZO (Secure Utility Zone) community provides platform for professional exchange on cybersecurity issues for companies from energy and water sectors
- Next event in Milan dedicated to the IEC 62443 security standard
Milan, Italy, June 14, 2022 – Industrial cybersecurity provider Rhebo and partners have established Secure Utility Zone (SUZO), the first Italian community for multi-utility cybersecurity. SUZO brings together multi-utility and energy sector companies to share their challenges and best practices in securing their industrial control systems (ICS) in a trusted, professional environment.
As demonstrated by the recent attacks on the Italian police website by Killnet, a pro-Kremlin cybercrime collective, growing geopolitical tensions bring increased risk of cyberattacks, particularly against government institutions and critical infrastructures. The ability of modular hacking toolkits like PIPEDREAM to disrupt operational technology (OT) networks, highlight the growing threat countries and specifically critical infrastructure companies are facing.
»Protecting critical infrastructure’s OT and ICS is now even more important,« said Klaus Mochalski, Rhebo CEO and co-founder of SUZO. »To be prepared in the best possible way, it’s paramount for operators and security engineers at multi-utility and energy companies to work together.«
Learning from the best
The SUZO community was created as a meeting place for critical infrastructure operators, energy providers and multi-utility companies where they can share highlight experiences, discuss challenges and share lessons-learned.
SUZO is building a dedicated portal with in-depth information on OT challenges, success stories and best practices as well as a monthly video newsletter with expert interviews. SUZO also organizes community meetings online and in person to bring together OT cybersecurity experts and security officers of critical infrastructures.
On April 28th, the first of these SUZO events took place, titled »Cyber Risks for Electricity Suppliers – Detection of Attacks from the Control Room to the Electric Substations«. During his deep-dive session Klaus Mochalski - Rhebo CEO & Founder - explained the main causes of hacker attacks on OT networks and how to protect multi-utility assets. The success cases of BayWa r.e., Sonnen, e-netz Südhessen and Thüringer Energienetze were also presented. At the end of the meeting, the participants shared their experiences and posed questions to the expert panel.
The next SUZO event titled »IEC 62443 in Industrial Control Systems – Challenges and Best Practices for Multi-Utility companies« will be held in person on July 7th, 2022 at the Aspria Harbour Club in Milan. Attendees will get exclusive insights on how to implement the international cybersecurity standard in their multi-utility OT networks in a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere.
Interested multi-utility operators and energy providers can join the community and register for the upcoming SUZO event under https://www.innovabilitycircle.com/events/suzo-002-iec62443.
Rhebo develops and markets OT and IIoT cybersecurity for the energy sector, critical infrastructure and manufacturing companies. The company provides cross-locational cybersecurity, intrusion detection and visibility in industrial automated networks (ICS) from the initial cyberrisk analysis to cybersecurity operation through OT monitoring with threat & intrusion detection. Since 2021, Rhebo is part of the Landis+Gyr AG, a leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the energy industry with around 5,000 employees in over 30 countries worldwide.
Rhebo is a partner of the Alliance for Cyber Security of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) as well as the Teletrust - IT Security Association Germany. The company was awarded the »IT Security Made in Germany« and »Cybersecurity Made In Europe« labels for its strict data protection and data security policies. https://rhebo.com/
Kristin Preßler, Managing Director | Head of Marketing