Wurldtech, Exida Announce Global Partnership to Expand Cybersecurity Certification
Vancouver, B.C. — March 17
Wurldtech Security Technologies, a provider of industrial cybersecurity testing and certification solutions, and exida, a supplier of safety products, services and certifications, announced that the two companies have entered into a strategic partnership. The agreement integrates Wurldtech's Achilles cybersecurity certification program into exida’s safety service portfolio, and establishes a foundation for joint development of future cybersecurity and safety certifications.
Launched in 2007, the Achilles Certification program boasts certified control systems from suppliers such as Emerson, Invensys, ABB, Yokogawa and HIMA.
"The Achilles Certified brand is trusted globally as a benchmark for security, and its adoption has resulted in a significant improvement in the security and reliability of global critical infrastructures," said Tyler Williams, Wurldtech president.
"By partnering with exida, we are able to expand our current program into new markets and leverage their unparalleled safety expertise to jointly evolve the program to meet the certification needs of the automation industry today and into the future."
This partnership was formed in response to customer requests to accelerate the expansion of the current Achilles program and include new categories such as control applications, industrial networking infrastructure and both operator integration and vendor development processes.
"Process control system operators want to minimize risk and maximize uptime, and suppliers want to be first to market with certified, reliable systems," said John Cusimano, exida director of security services. "By bringing the safety and cyber security certification processes together, operators and suppliers have a single source for all of their certification needs, and that positively impacts the bottom line."
The partnership takes effect immediately.
"Having worked with both Wurldtech and exida since their inception on independent certification efforts, we see the value that this partnership will bring in being able to focus our certification activities," said Bob Huba, DeltaV security architect with Emerson Process Management.
"Having a single certification process for safety and security is consistent with our integrated approach to DeltaV and DeltaV SIS. Combining our product security certification activities with our safety certification process, we can now introduce new versions of our systems without the overlap of going to several locations. That will certainly help get products to market faster and more efficiently."