Indian tech MNC Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has partnered with Belgium’s ENGIE Laborelec to protect next-gen critical tech infrastructure from cyber attacks. ENGIE Laborelec has a unique methodology in industrial control systems cyber security which is based on more than 10 years of hands-on experience, international networking, co-operation and compliance with internationally recognized standards organizations. Together with TCS, they will enhance global customer resilience and reduce the risk of emerging cyber threats against critical energy infrastructure.

The utilities sector, which forms a critical structural component of every economy, is currently on a digital transformation journey which promises immense value creation but also raises new risks. Operational Technology (OT) systems, which traditionally operated in silos, are increasingly connected through shared infrastructure, the cloud and Internet of Things ecosystems. While this is helping utilities move beyond the limitations of their OT, improve operational efficiency and unlock new revenue streams, it also makes them vulnerable to security breaches by malicious actors.

The collaboration between TCS and ENGIE Laborelec will bring together the expertise of two industry leaders in their respective domains to create unique value for the utilities sector. TCS has been the preferred digital transformation partner for progressive utilities across the world and offers a comprehensive portfolio of cyber security services – advisory, assessment, implementation and management – to protect clients against emerging threats in a new interconnected environment. ENGIE Laborelec has experience working across the energy value chain: from generation, transmission and distribution to storage and end-use.

The partnership will also help prepare the industry for the European Union’s recently implemented National Infrastructure Security (NIS) Directive. The NIS Directive is the first piece of EU-wide legislation on cyber security and has special provisions for organizations providing critical services such as energy, water, and digital infrastructure.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution presents businesses with new opportunities for growth and transformation. Utilities looking to succeed in the Business 4.0 world are creatively using technology to leverage new ecosystems and create exponential value for customers. To succeed, they must build these on a robust foundation of digital security,” said Satish Thiagarajan, Global Head, Cyber Security Practice, TCS.

Over the past one year, this connected world has seen many data breach incidents, including Mirai botnet malware, Petya, and the most infamous, ransomware WannaCry. With security experts already alert on active cyberwarfare situation, the need for cyber security in the protection of critical tech infra is the need of the hour.

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