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September 1, 2012

Chemical Plant Security: Gating more than the perimeter

While fences and locks have been helping to secure the CPI for some time, the vulnerability of industrial control systems has only recently been demonstrated in ways that make everyone take notice. Cyber and physical security are now interdependent

Dorothy Lozowski

It was clear at the recent Chemical Sector Security Summit (Baltimore, Md., July 31-Aug. 1) that awareness of and activity in security for the chemical process industries (CPI) are growing. The annual summit, now in its sixth year, was held at its largest venue ever and brought together about 650 participants from industry, academia and the government to network with other security professionals, share best practices and learn more about chemical security regulations. One of the strong messages from this summit, as well as from additional sources, is that more attention than ever before is being given to cybersecurity of industrial control systems.

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