Security: MUSIC Certification for Experion PKS C300

Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) C300 Process Controller has received the new Mu Security Industrial Control Certification (MUSIC).
By Control Engineering Staff September 13, 2007

Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) C300 Process Controller has received the new Mu Security Industrial Control Certification (MUSIC), which is designed specifically for IP-based controllers. It is aligned with the emerging ISA-SP99 security standards, and enables organizations that rely on critical infrastructure or process control to ensure their network equipment and applications adhere to industry benchmarks for safety, robustness, resiliency, and conformance.

The Experion PKS controllers were tested with the Mu-400 security analyzer with about 60,000 communication variations in an attempt to crash the system. Ajit Sancheti, co-founder and CEO of Mu Security, explained, “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.”

“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,” said Kevin Staggs, engineering fellow and global security architect, Honeywell Process Solutions. Experion PKS C300 controllers integrate with safety measures dispersed throughout a manufacturing facility to reduce risk to employees and plant assets, to increase process availability, and to improve regulatory compliance, he said.

—Edited by Renee Robbins, editorial director, Control Engineering

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