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Industrial Cybersecurity for Process Manufacturers

Industrial Control Systems are designed to provide high availability to support 24/7 production systems but often have very little or no security protection mechanisms to deter potential cyber threats. In many cases, the implementation of multiple project upgrades, expansions, and inter-changing multiple system engineers has left numerous vulnerabilities open for assailants.

The ability to proactively protect a production system from potential threats requires a thorough understanding of the system vulnerabilities to clearly define the level of associated risk to develop an effective security plan. Contact Cross today to learn about how we can help keep your system safe.

The Vulnerability of Industrial Control Systems

Industrial control systems are critical to modern manufacturing operations. While they excel in ensuring seamless operations, they often lack the robust security mechanisms required to deter cyber threats effectively. Over time, multiple project upgrades, expansions, and the involvement of various system engineers have unintentionally left numerous vulnerabilities open to potential assailants.

Many manufacturing facilities are operating on control systems that may be 5, 10, or even 15+ years out of date. Maintaining legacy systems like that is not only expensive (eg, having to find replacement parts, dealing with unexpected downtime from control system failures, etc), but also poses risks to your long-term success. As more and more time passes, these systems become more and more vulnerable to cyber attacks. That’s what Cross works with you to avoid

Many think that the only threats to production are internal (broken equipment, unplanned extended maintenance, a PLC underperforming, a leaking valve, or a similar scenario). But as the technology advances, so do potential tech-related risks. If you’re operating a legacy system or haven’t audited your facility’s cybersecurity recently, it may be time for a change.

Many industrial process operations are operating using legacy software or hardware. These can represent holes in your cybersecurity. We’ll make sure you’re using the best, most up-to-date equipment.

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Ensure that your control systems are protected from cyber threats. We’ll inspect, audit, and overhaul your security systems to ensure you’re protected, no matter what the threat.

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Cybersecurity is an ever-changing field. That’s why many experts recommend regular audits and assessments. Make sure you’re protected year-over-year with the most current industrial cybersecurity standards

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For many process operations, remote access is a critical part of monitoring. We’ll work with you to make sure that your remote access connections are secure, compliant, and protected from unwanted intrusion.

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Benefits of Industrial Cybersecurity Protocols

There are many benefits to implementing, updating, or overhauling your process facility cybersecurity measures. Some of those include protection from threats, operational reliability, and industry standard compliance

Protection from Threats

The foremost benefit of updated cybersecurity measures is the robust protection they provide against a wide range of cyber threats. This includes malicious attacks, such as malware, ransomware, and phishing attempts, as well as unauthorized access and data breaches.

Operational Reliability

Improved cybersecurity measures contribute to the uninterrupted operation of your industrial process manufacturing systems. By implementing safeguards and intrusion detection systems, you can quickly respond to potential threats, preventing them from compromising production

Standards Compliance

Adhering to cybersecurity standards may be a legal concern for many facilities. Updated cybersecurity measures help you achieve compliance with industry-specific regulations, such as NIST (or another industry-relevant standards body) guidelines or ISO 27001 certification


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Proactive Measures for Robust Cybersecurity

Cross Company Process Solutions is committed to helping you bolster your cybersecurity defenses and safeguard your industrial control systems. Our comprehensive approach includes

System Vulnerability Assessment – We conduct in-depth assessments to identify vulnerabilities in your existing systems, enabling us to gauge the associated risks accurately.

Customized Security Plan – Based on our assessment, we create a tailored security plan that addresses your specific vulnerabilities and aligns with industry best practices.

Implementation and Monitoring – Our experts guide you through the implementation of security measures and provide continuous monitoring to ensure the ongoing protection of your systems.

Incident Response – In the event of a cybersecurity incident, we offer rapid incident response services to mitigate damage and minimize downtime.

Education and Training – We provide training and awareness programs to empower your team to recognize and respond effectively to potential threats.

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Why Cross Industrial Cybersecurity?

At Cross Company Process Solutions, we understand the critical importance of industrial cybersecurity for industrial manufacturing operations. As your trusted partner, we provide comprehensive cybersecurity solutions tailored to the unique needs of your industrial process facility. Our expertise in understanding the complex relationship between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) allows us to deliver robust protection against cyber threats while ensuring uninterrupted production.

We understand that cybersecurity is more than just a checklist. It’s a continuous process of anticipating and adapting to change. Our primary goal is to safeguard your future, ensuring that your industrial processes remain secure, reliable, and efficient as you grow and expand.

By fortifying your cybersecurity posture, you empower your organization to innovate, optimize processes, and remain agile in the face of changing market demands. Your success is our success, and together, we can navigate the digital age securely and seize new opportunities while mitigating risks.

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Related Solutions for Process Applications

At Cross, we offer much more than just industrial cybersecurity solutions. We can also provide the solutions our process manufacturing partners need to succeed. Check out our other process solutions equipment and see for yourself.

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