A comprehensive security management solution will be put in place over the next three years for plant control systems that will help keep approximately 50 Shell plants around the world secure from specious and malicious attacks to their plant automation and industrial controls.

SecurePlant was jointly developed as an initiative between Yokogawa, a leader in mission-critical plant automation systems, Cisco, a leader in the IT industry, and Shell.

While many companies with global operations take a plant-by-plant approach to cybersecurity, the SecurePlant service will standardize security practices at Shell plants around the world and minimize control system vulnerability. Yokogawa and Cisco will jointly provide deployment and operational services.

Supplier-certified Windows security patches and virus signature files are distributed from a SecureCenter to the SecureSite at each plant via Shell’s existing global network. The real-time and proactive monitoring capabilities enable the centralized management of plant security. A customer help desk operated jointly by Yokogawa and Cisco will manage solution-related incidents.