December 23, 2016

VTT creates readiness for cyber threats

A breach of cyber security can cause damage worth millions of euros.
A breach of cyber security can cause damage worth millions of euros.
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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and its partners have developed solutions that improve cyber security and bring disruption-free operations to manufacturers.

The results of the now ending KYBER-TEO project will enable companies to ward off possible cyber threats better than before. The project was led by VTT, which worked together with the National Emergency Supply Agency and the private sector.

The project results improve the ability of manufacturers, for example, to purchase cyber-secure automation systems and develop their own concepts, instructions and practices for ensuring cyber security and operational continuity. For example, VTT’s closed Cyber War room helped participants to develop managed, authentic cyber security testing and cyber training, which can be passed onto customers.

A breach of cyber security can cause damage worth millions of euros in terms of lost production alone. On top of that, damaged equipment, environmental contamination and personal injuries could occur. At worst, the issue could affect the society as a whole.

“In the case of every company, the cyber security of the tested systems was developed even further and in a better direction,” says principal scientist, Pasi Ahonen from VTT. “Hopefully, the companies have also learned how to identify information security vulnerabilities or gaps in their systems.”

The National Emergency Supply Agency is the main customer of the overall project.

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