HIMA Paul Hildebrandt, the independent provider of smart safety solutions for industrial applications, and Genua, a specialist in IT security, have joined forces in a strategic partnership for automation security. Together they offer IT security solutions for process industries that meet the highest safety and security standards. The key aspects are secure remote maintenance of plants and machines, encrypted communications over the internet, and monitoring of industry protocols at critical network interfaces.
Safety and security are becoming more and more intertwined in the course of digitisation. Combining the expertise of the two vendors creates numerous advantages for industrial customers. Over 35,000 TÜV-certified safety systems from HIMA have been deployed worldwide, while diverse solutions from Genua provide industrial and public-sector customers with reliable IT security in sensitive areas.
The hardware and software solutions from Genua effectively and meaningfully complement HIMA’s portfolio in the security domain. The partnership focuses on secure connectivity for mobile employees, encrypted communications over the internet, interface monitoring, internal network segmentation with firewalls, and networking of highly critical facilities using data diodes. “Our customers will benefit from cutting-edge solutions meeting the highest demands for safety and security,” says Dr Alexander Horch, Vice President Research, Development & Product Management at HIMA.
As a specialist in IT security, Genua has been part of the Bundesdruckerei Group since 2015. The company develops and produces IT security solutions in Germany. Frequent certifications and approvals by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) testify to the high quality of the firm’s products. Matthias Ochs, Managing Director of Genua says: “The combined expertise of HIMA and Genua enables us to offer precisely tailored IT security solutions and comprehensive services for the process industries as well as the energy generation sector. We see large potential here and are pleased with this cooperation.”
The Genubox solution, for example, enables highly secure remote maintenance access to plants and machines in virtually any location. The robust appliance is simply installed on the systems that need to be remotely monitored and supported by the manufacturer or service provider.
If maintenance is needed, the Genubox ensures security by establishing an encrypted and authenticated connection for data transmission, and its firewall function limits external access exclusively to the supported system so that other sensitive network areas of the customer cannot be reached through the maintenance access point.