Honeywell launches industrial cybersecurity centre in Middle East

Honeywell has launched its first industrial cybersecurity center of excellence at its Middle East headquarters in Dubai.

The centre offers what Honeywell calls "a safe off-process environment" to test and demonstrate process control network vulnerabilities and threats, train customers with real-time attack simulations and provide advanced consultations.

Jeff Zindel, vice-president and general manager of Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security, said the centre “is the first of its kind dedicated to developing world-class industrial cybersecurity expertise in the region”.

“It provides a safe, real-world environment to learn in, allowing us to innovate and augment industrial cybersecurity skills.”

 The centre contains distributed control systems, a physical plant process and the latest industrial cybersecurity software and solutions. It includes data analytics and networking equipment capable of supporting unique training sessions, demonstrations, workshops, and cyberattack simulations.

Safdar Akhtar, business development director of Industrial Cyber Security at Honeywell Process Solutions, said: “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.”

“At the centre, we are able to demonstrate cybersecurity solutions and controls in attack scenarios to show which of them are most effective at combatting various attacks.”

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