Honeywell launched its first industrial cybersecurity center of excellence (COE) at its Middle East headquarters in Dubai. The COE is intended to provide a safe, off-process environment to test and demonstrate process control network vulnerabilities and threats. It also can be used train customers with real-time attack simulations.

The facility contains distributed control systems, a physical plant process and the industrial cybersecurity software and solutions. Data analytics and networking equipment capable of supporting training sessions, demonstrations, workshops and simulations complete the setup.

According to Honeywell, the center will be used to improve industrial cybersecurity for critical infrastructure, information technology and operational technology. It will support a rapidly developing Middle East cybersecurity market.