Automation Security Guidelines

Guidance on how organisations can protect themselves in cyberspace, including the 10 steps to cybersecurity.

Industrial control systems are an integral part of critical infrastructure, helping facilitate operations in vital sectors such as electricity, oil and gas, water, transportation, and chemical. A growing issue with cybersecurity and its impact on industrial control systems have highlighted some fundamental risks to critical infrastructures. To address cybersecurity issues for industrial control systems, a clear understanding of the security challenges and specific defensive countermeasures is required.


Advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits with process control solutions.

"OPC UA is an important standard for secure, manufacturer-independent networking for industrial plants and is regarded as a building block on the way to Industry 4.0. It enables integration between the different layers of the automation pyramid, from the sensor to the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, providing cryptographic mechanisms necessary for a secure factory."

- Federal Office for Information Security - Germany