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Research and Markets: Cybersecurity Implications in the US Chemical Industry in 2015


April 30, 2015
By Business Wire News

DUBLIN

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/brfkqx/cybersecurity) has announced the addition of the “Cybersecurity Implications in the US Chemical Industry” report to their offering.

As critical infrastructure industries move towards a more connected and integrated operating ecosystem, it becomes crucial for end users to focus on the expanding threat surface areas. This research service identifies the emerging trends and evolving business models for cybersecurity in the US chemical industry. It was developed based on a series of moderated online discussion boards with participants in the power, chemicals and petrochemicals, and oil and gas industries. The study examines the current state of cybersecurity preparedness, as well as best practices, unmet needs, and industry challenges in the chemical manufacturing and processing, storage, and transportation segments.

Solutions will have to develop and follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for routine functions such as backups, antivirus, user management, remote system access, removable media use, and access policy. Vendors will have to certify compliance with cybersecurity standards and include the tests as part of their Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT).

Operating systems will need to evolve to the point where they do not operate in silos. The industry will move towards a lifecycle model to manage control systems and safety systems. IT and OT will need to improve communication and awareness of the different requirements for each platform.

Operational safety and information confidentiality are key factors driving cybersecurity investments. However, there is still an imbalance between the world of Information Technology (IT) and Operation Technology (OT).

Security intelligence, hot patching, intellectual property protection, penetration testing, and device control systems are frequently used technologies. The industry is slowly moving from a reactive approach to a proactive approach.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive Summary

2. Research Scope, Objectives, Background, and Methodology

3. Definitions and Segmentation

4. Market Overview

5. Mega Trends and Industry Convergence Implications

6. Technology Analysis

7. Chemical Manufacturing and Processing Segment Analysis

8. Chemical Storage and Transportation Segments Analysis

9. Regional Analysis – The United States

10. Conclusions and Future Outlook – Cybersecurity in the Chemical Industry

11. Appendix

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/brfkqx/cybersecurity

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