Cyber security and safety providers merge to expand coverage

Byres Research and exida join forces to offer safety and security consultation and certification. Safety assessments are among offerings to augment availability.

04/03/2009


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Sellersville, PA – Two companies that have carved out niches in their respective fields are merging to offer a combination of safety and security technologies. Byres Research and exida have merged to form one company intended to offer both functional safety and security certification and consultation. Byres Research brings its critical infrastructure cyber security expertise to join with exida’s specialties in safety and high availability automation systems.

The companies contend that weaknesses in safety and security can lead to the same negative consequences, so the intersection of safety systems and cyber security has been gaining increasing attention among companies operating critical petroleum and energy generation facilities.

“The philosophy of secure by design is broadening to safe and secure by design,” says Eric Cosman, Dow Chemical Company engineering solutions consultant and co-chair of the ISA 99 Committee on Control System Security. “Rather than putting band aids on systems after the fact, the trend now is to design security and safety in at the beginning. This announcement makes perfect sense because it brings safety and IT security together under one roof.”

While Byres Research will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of exida, the two companies will combine to offer an impressive depth of expertise to end users and suppliers of industrial automation products and systems.

exida and Byres Research expect to offer more together.

Eric Byres, chief technology officer, Byres Research,orlds.”

John Cusimano, exida director of security services, looks forward to the ongoing relationship. “We are pleased to welcome Byres Research into the exida family,” he says. “This merger represents a major step in bringing the safety and security communities together with a common goal of helping to protect our critical facilities.”

Related resources : Control Engineering offers the Industrial Cybersecurity blog . Also search in the Zibb box atop this page on related topics.

-Peter Welander, process industries editor
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