Is Indian Cybersecurity Safe or Not

India adopts international cybersecurity standards: Experts discussed the advantages of IEC 62443

Industries are becoming increasingly automated and devices are networked. This brings cybersecurity into the focus of companies and authorities. Manufacturers must guarantee the security of their processes in every phase. International standards offer valuable solutions for this. The Indian Standards Agency Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) recently adopted the IEC 62443 series of standards. This lays the foundation for a holistic approach to industrial safety - and that over the entire life cycle of automation solutions.


To support companies in implementing this new standard, the Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) and BIS jointly organized an online exchange on August 5, 2020. More than 200 industry experts learned how the IEC 62443 series of standards can help achieve a higher level of cybersecurity.


In their opening address, J. Roy Chowdhury and Rajeev Sharma from BIS emphasized the importance of international standards for economic development. Then the Siemens experts Kai Wollenweber, Maximilian Korff and Vivek Roy presented the IEC 62443 series of standards. They illustrated the advantages of a holistic security concept that includes technology, processes and people. As an example, they presented the industrial safety concept from Siemens, which is based on IEC 62443. The IEC 62443 series of standards addresses the entire safety-related life cycle with the involvement of all relevant stakeholders.


Heiko Adamczyk (TÜV Süd) presented the latest developments in the certification of cybersecurity, especially with regard to IEC 62443. He described how TÜV Süd participates in the IEC system for conformity assessment systems for electrical equipment and components (IECEE). This will facilitate the international use of cybersecurity certifications.


Philip Grinsted presented the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure. In connection with the ongoing work of GPQI on the standardization of the Internet of Things (IoT), he presented the German-Indian publication: Securing the Internet of Things Together.


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More information on the global quality infrastructure project of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the activities of the Indo-German working group on quality infrastructure can be found here.