Wurldtech and Shell Cooperate
Back Published 2009-04-01Vancouver — March 31
Wurldtech Security Technologies, a provider of cyber risk and compliance management solutions for industrial automation industries, and Shell, one of world’s largest oil companies, announced that the two organizations have entered into a broad cooperation focused on improving the security and reliability of Shell’s global operations. The cooperation will include the integration of Wurldtech’s network testing platform, Achilles Satellite, into Shell’s internal testing and risk assessment activities, the adoption of Wurldtech’s Achilles Level 1 Certification into procurement requirements and factory acceptance tests and the joint research and development of proactive cyber threat mitigation technologies.
"We are very pleased to be working with Wurldtech, a partner clearly committed to the advancement of intelligent cyber security solutions for the oil industry with a proven track record of thought-leadership," said Ted Angevaare, global technology leader of process automation for Shell. "This cooperation will complement Shell’s ongoing cyber security initiatives and provides our world-class security team with the technology necessary to drive significant security improvements throughout our process control networks."
The first step in this cooperation involves the adoption of Wurldtech’s Achilles satellite testing platform by Shell’s internal DACA security team. The Satellite will be used throughout Shell’s testing facilities and as a major part of ongoing cyber risk assessment activities to gain a greater level of visibility into the robustness of their current and future industrial automation networks. To extend this effort, Shell also will start to phase in Wurldtech’s globally recognized cyber security certification criteria into their vendor procurement requirements and factory acceptance tests. This will start with the introduction of Achilles Level 1 certification for embedded controllers and evolve into categories for other devices and applications such as DCS HMI’s and network communication infrastructure.
Finally, with patch management also being a major concern to operators of industrial automation networks, Wurldtech and Shell will combine resources and aim to accelerate the development of next-generation cyber risk management technologies.
"The security team at Shell has consistently demonstrated strong leadership and a proactive approach when it comes to protecting the reliability of their global infrastructure, and we are extremely excited to help raise the bar even further," said Tyler Williams, president and CEO of Wurldtech Security Technologies. "This cooperation will not only enable Shell to enhance their own internal cyber security posture, but also represents the first step in a larger scale effort to provide a scalable reference model and business case from which to drive benefit-driven cyber security improvements throughout critical infrastructures worldwide."