Siemens and Awen Collective offer SMEs affordable cybersecurity

Siemens has partnered with Welsh cybersecurity software company Awen Collective to develop a new, accessible, and affordable, managed OT security solution for SMEs.

The collaboration will allow businesses to buy into a managed security solution, protecting any networked, internet-connected technology starting from £10,000. Ordinarily, setting up and maintaining a security operations centre can cost a business hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The solution is built on Awen Collective’s Dot software, which has been developed with the support of Siemens, and performs asset and vulnerability discovery on operational technology (OT), which covers everything from coffee machines to large industrial robots, including ICS, SCADA, and IIoT systems.

The project is to be piloted in the Northwest with the backing from a consortium of North West-based organisations including the University of Manchester, the University of Salford, the North West Cyber Resilience Centre, BRIM, and IN4.0 Group, before looking to expand across the rest of the UK.

Paul Hingley, Product Solution & Security Officer UK and Ireland for Siemens Digital Industries said, “Siemens has been working with the Northwest Cyber Resilience Centre since its conception. We as an industry have partnered with law enforcement and academia as such alliances are vital to the way the digital industry will evolve in the years to come.

“Partnering with Awen and the consortium we will answer some of the concerns and challenges around cybersecurity the industry faces by delivering an IT and OT Operational Response Centre. This will enable SMEs to invest in a service that will provide cyber alarms when their control systems become compromised by cyber-attacks.”

Awen Collective’s development of Dot was made possible, in part, by advisory and grant support received from the Welsh Government, including through Business Wales’ Accelerated Growth Programme. Siemens applies IEC 62443 the highest industry standards globally for industrial cyber security.

Daniel Lewis, Founder and Executive Chairman at Awen Collective added, “our software solutions reflect what the market is telling us. No single product is a ‘silver bullet’ – we must genuinely work together.

“We are very pleased to be building this partnership with Siemens to deliver quality solutions that help prevent the very real threat of cybercrime. In essence, we’re giving industrial organisations the capability to discover vulnerabilities that they may not have been aware that they had and the tools to do something about them.”

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