Industry spotlight on functional safety and cyber security

A Presse release from TÜV NORD, TÜViT and MESCO Engineering

TÜV NORD, TÜViT, and MESCO Engineering at SPS IPC Drives:
Industry spotlight on functional safety and cyber security

Hanover: Against the backdrop of the digital transformation of industry, TÜV NORD is offering ‘Security4Safety’ – comprehensive risk management for the fourth industrial revolution. The main objective is to fuse together the otherwise partly contradictory values of security (crime prevention) and safety (accident prevention). Penetration tests, known as ‘white hat attacks,’ are also included to check the effectiveness of existing IT security measures. From 22 to 24 November 2016, anyone interested in the latest developments in industrial safety, IT security, functional safety, and innovative electronics development will find detailed information at the joint booth of TÜV NORD, TÜViT, and MESCO Engineering at the SPS IPC Drives exhibition for electric automation in Nuremberg.

Companies want to significantly optimize production and logistics processes with Industry 4.0. But the increasing integration of individual systems and components also presents risks: Companies are becoming more prone to cyber attacks. Business processes and values are threatened by industrial espionage, sabotage, and system damage. The three partners TÜV NORD, TÜViT, and MESCO Engineering have stepped up to link various security levels (security and functional safety) to offer a more effective and economical means of protecting companies, systems, and people.

Comprehensive risk management with Security4Safety
“Industrial safety and IT security are intrinsically linked nowadays. We need measures to prevent crime so that we can also help prevent accidents,” explained Peter Baum, Functional Safety Product Manager with TÜV NORD. TÜV NORD has recognized this need and developed its comprehensive Security4Safety service in response. This also encompasses cyber risk analysis, used to identify a system’s cyber risks and derive appropriate measures. “By putting IT security measures in place, it can then be more cost-effective to implement some safety requirements as well,” summarized Baum. If the relevant steps are then taken, TÜViT can perform penetration testing at the various levels of automation technology, i.e. try to hack the systems. The term ‘white hat hackers’ is used in this regard. Through such testing, vulnerabilities arising from the lack of or insufficient security measures can be detected and remedied.

Incorporating safety right from the development phase
Industrial firms also have a growing need for functionally safe automation components. “When developing industrial electronics, MESCO incorporates functional safety requirements by applying international standard IEC 61508 and cooperates with TÜV NORD on security and certification,” explained Peter Bernhardt, Head of Sales and Marketing at MESCO Engineering. In general, MESCO is focusing on the use of Design Packages as a modular technology platform in this regard. Product development is made faster and more economical through these, while the cooperation with TÜV NORD significantly reduces the certification work.

Meet the experts at the SPS IPC Drives exhibition
TÜV NORD, TÜViT, and MESCO Engineering will also exhibit jointly at this year’s SPS IPC Drives exhibition in Hall 2/Booth 161. The companies combine a broad spectrum of Industry 4.0 technologies and services. TÜV NORD is contributing its system security expertise to the partnership, TÜViT is synonymous with a high level of IT security, and MESCO Engineering is involved as a development partner for functional safety, explosion protection, and industrial communication.


With more than 10,000 employees, the TÜV NORD GROUP is one of the largest technical service providers. It is active in 70 countries with its consulting, service, and testing expertise. Its divisions include Industrial Services, Mobility, IT, and Training. With services in the areas of raw materials and aerospace, the Group has a USP throughout the entire sector.
Guiding principle: “Excellence for your business.”

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About TÜViT
TÜV Informationstechnik, based in Essen, is a company of the TÜV NORD GROUP and one of the leading testing service providers for IT security. TÜViT focuses on areas such as common criteria evaluations, cyber security, industrial security, mobile security, penetration tests, evaluating information security management systems in accordance with ISO/IEC 27001, and data protection audits. Testing and certifying data centers with respect to their physical security and high availability is another aspect of their service.

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About MESCO Engineering
MESCO Engineering is a partner for the development of innovative electronics products for use in process and factory automation. Its core competency lies in the development of hardware and software for industrial communication, functional safety, and explosion protection.

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Press contact:
Annika Burchard
Tel.: +49 40 8557-1421
E-Mail: presse@tuev-nord.de
Web: www.tuev-nord-group.com/de/newsroom/pressebereich




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