Cyber security: PKS C300 process controller from Honeywell receives new certification


Honeywell Process Solutions has announced that its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) C300 process controller has achieved the new Mu Security Industrial Control Certification (MUSIC). This certification is designed specifically for IP-based controllers and is closely aligned with the emerging ISA-SP99 security standards. It enables organizations that rely on critical infrastructure or process control to ensure their network equipment and applications meet industry-defined benchmarks for safety, robustness, resiliency and conformance.

Mu Security performed the test using its Mu-4000 security analyzer to test the C300 controllers with about 60,000 communication variations in an attempt to crash the system.

“When IP-based process controllers are compromised, it can lead to safety issues, regulatory requirement violations and the loss of confidential information,” says Ajit Sancheti, Mu Security co-founder and CEO. “These systems require strong protection from outside threats to function properly and maintain productivity. None of the variations we used were able to impact the C300 controllers, which validates the effectiveness of Experion’s cyber security measures and illustrates Honeywell’s commitment to security and quality.”

Honeywell says its Experion controller platform serves all major industrial processing segments, including oil and gas, refining, chemicals, power generation and pulp and paper. The system integrates with safety measures dispersed throughout a manufacturing facility to reduce risk to employees and plant assets, increase process availability, and improve regulatory compliance. Since its launch in 2003, Experion has reportedly been adopted by thousands of customers worldwide. The C300 controller was introduced in 2005 and underwent extensive cyber security testing at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) the same year.

“Without an effective cyber security solution, even the latest and greatest process control technology on the market can be rendered obsolete and become a danger to the plant and plant employees,” says Kevin Staggs, engineering fellow and global security architect, Honeywell Process Solutions. “Increasing product security and plant safety are key Honeywell initiatives. Mu Security’s new MUSIC certification consistently benchmarks safety and security to ensure our customers’ product environments are optimized.” ,
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