According to the UN, Oman is one of the economically most successful states of the last 40 years as well as one of the most industrialized states in the Persian Gulf. Hacker attacks on critical infrastructures and the process industry, such as oil and gas production, can have serious effects on people and the environment. Therefore, the protection of industrial control systems also plays an increasingly significant role on the Arabian Peninsula. Having anticipated this development, John Ramesh, Country Manager, TUV Rheinland Oman and Regional Business Field Manager for Digital Transformation & Cybersecurity, IMEA, has been intensively involved in this business area.
“We have set our goals of becoming a dominant player in GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) by 2020 aligned to our global business strategies,” states John Ramesh, Country Manager, TUV Rheinland Oman and Regional Business Field Manager for ICT & BS, IMEA.
Due to the increased cybersecurity landscape the prospects in the IoT and ICS sector are evolving. Governments across all GCC countries have multiple regulations which are affecting the utility and critical infrastructure of countries.
The trade balance in the Sultanate of Oman has always been characterized by exports of oil and natural gas. The industrial processing, manufacturing and production systems are increasingly dominated by hardware and software components that are essential for the generation and provision of products or services.
The growing networking and dependency on IT as well as the risk of cyberattacks are also increasing the demand for securing industrial control systems on the Arabian Peninsula. TÜV Rheinland accompanies its customers in preventing a disruption or failure of production. These include the following services at the Oman site:
- ICS Security Governance and Management
- ICS Risk Management and Compliance
- Access, Configuration and Compliance
- Secure ICS Architecture, Modules, System & Application Security
- Physical Security, Third Party Security & Project Security
- Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
- ICS Security Incident Management
- ICS Security Assessment & Audit
- ICS Security Testing
- Security Improvements in Cybersecurity Management Systems
- ICS Security Knowledge Transfer & Project Management programs
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