Accenture Adds More Cyber Ranges for Industries to Thwart Attacks
Their three new ranges especially focus on the needs of Oil and Gas, Chemicals, Utilities, and Manufacturing industries. The concerned IT teams can practice their response to cyberattacks to secure their key assets.
Why Are Cyber Ranges Critical Tools?
The cyber ranges are crucial capacity-building tools that will help plug the network and technical vulnerabilities of Industrial Control Systems (ICS). The Accenture facilities claim to be hyper-realistic environments for cybersecurity training. The feedback system is highly interactive enough to ensure standards in training.
Oil and Gas ‒ ExxonMobil, for instance, blocks not less than 64 million emails, 139 million internet access attempts, and 133,000 malicious actions every month. The rising number of threats that particularly target facilities in the Middle East could lead to spillage or disruption. Accenture facility located at its incubation Center at Huston, Texas covers aspects from upstream exploration to downstream refining and retail.
Electrical Transmission and Distribution ‒ Cripping attacks on power companies in Ukraine a few years back had left around 230 thousand people without power to up to six hours. The Accenture’s Cyber Fusion Center in Washington, DC has ranges that help in-house staffers of power companies to train against threats that are diverse. “The energy industry has the largest installed base of industrial control systems around the world, and the cyber risk has never been greater,” said Luis Luque, ICS Cybersecurity Global Lead at Accenture Security.
Chemical Industry‒ The Accenture cyber range which is based at Industry X.0 Innovation Centers, Essen, Germany focuses on the chemical industry as well as electric distribution networks. “Our ICS cyber ranges are designed to help pressure-test and improve the security posture of organizations so they can innovate safely and grow their businesses with confidence,” said Jim Guinn II, who leads Accenture’s Cybersecurity business for the Energy, Utilities, Chemicals and Mining industries.
Accenture, also said that it plans to open a new ICS Cyber Fusion Center at Houston in 2020 to help clients protect industrial networks, including field and plant level assets.