A GE company and cyber security leader, Wurldtech helps customers protect critical infrastructure from attack
DEKRA will bring Achilles certifications to customers globally, extending the reach of Wurldtech's industrial solutions that help operators and their suppliers assess and mitigate cyber security risks.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 18th, 2015 – GE (NYSE:GE) announced today that Wurldtech, a GE-owned company and leader in cyber security solutions, has reached a partnership with testing authority DEKRA to expand its industry-leading Achilles™ certifications. While other organizations have been approved as accredited partners, DEKRA is the first independent company licensed as an accredited certification authority. Through this partnership, DEKRA will bring the Achilles Communications Certification and Achilles Practices Certification to customers globally.
Wurldtech performs operational technology (OT) security and cyber security assessments for operators and suppliers of industrial systems — and has developed robust security benchmark and certification programs. For suppliers, Achilles Communications Certification and Achilles Practices Certification serve as a standard for industrial system robustness and security policy best practice. Together, the two certifications have helped manufacturers prevent hundreds of vulnerabilities from entering the market.
GE acquired Wurldtech in May 2014 as part of its efforts to protect critical infrastructure and advance cyber security globally for key industries like energy, oil and gas, and power and water. Its solutions and services are used in complex environments such as oil refineries, power transmission grids or for individual assets like medical devices or smart meters. Wurldtech also offers the Achilles Industrial Next Gen Firewall, an industry-leading advanced network security solution that monitors and blocks malicious activity and attacks.
Through this partnership, DEKRA will gain the ability to certify customers using Achilles proprietary tools and methodologies, including Wurldtech hardware and software solutions. DEKRA will also work with Wurldtech to further enhance its certification programs.
“Independent certification of critical infrastructure is a key step toward improving industrial cyber security,” said Wurldtech CEO Neil McDonnell. “By partnering with DEKRA to drive and grow that certification program, we’re able to extend our security expertise and solutions to industrial suppliers around the world – and bring better security practices to companies across the industry.”
“As more physical assets connect to the Industrial Internet, the risk of cyber security will remain a challenge,” said Paul Rogers, General Manager, Industrial Cyber Security, GE Software. “Our acquisition of Wurldtech is just one way that GE is making investments to protect this critical infrastructure, and its expansion to global markets with DEKRA is another positive step for those operating in the space.”
“This partnership is a logical and important step for DEKRA, as an innovative worldwide player in the testing, inspection and certification industry with a strong position in electrical products and electronics,” says Bert Zoetbrood, CEO of DEKRA’s worldwide Product Testing & Certification activities. “Cyber security is playing an increasingly important role in our business. Therefore, this collaboration is a milestone in our strategy, as one of the main aims of DEKRA is to expand and diversify our business in this field in order to make an even greater contribution to a safer world.”
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Wurldtech, a GE company, is in the business of helping customers protect their critical infrastructure from cyber attack. Wurldtech works with both device manufacturers and system operators to help provide protection for critical infrastructure against the persistent and dynamic cyber threats. Customers worldwide spanning Oil & Gas, Electric Power, Medical, Nuclear, Chemical, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical and Water Treatment markets use Wurldtech products and services to reduce the risks and costs of a cyber attack, maximize system uptime and meet compliance mandates. Our Achilles certification programs have been widely adopted by both manufacturers and operators to deliver third party benchmark testing of product and system security. Additional information can be found at www.wurldtech.com.
DEKRA SE is one of the world’s leading expert organizations and currently runs activities in more than 50 countries on all five continents. About 35,000 employees are committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA Business Units “Automotive”, “Industrial” and “Personnel” provide professional and innovative services in the fields of vehicle inspection, expertise, claims services, system certification, product testing & certification, industrial & construction inspection, consulting, qualification and temporary work.
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