Kirchheim near Munich, 23rd January 2019. HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH, world's leading independent provider of smart safety solutions for industrial applications, and genua GmbH, a specialist in IT security, have agreed a strategic partnership for automation security. Together they offer IT security solutions for the process and railway industries that fulfill the highest safety and security standards. The key aspects are secure remote maintenance of plants and machines, encrypted communications over the Internet, and monitoring of industry protocols at critical network interfaces.
Safety and security are becoming more and more intertwined in the course of digitization. Combining the expertise of the best-in-class vendors HIMA and genua creates numerous advantages for industrial customers. Over 35,000 TÜV-certified safety systems from HIMA have been deployed worldwide, while various solutions from genua provide industrial and public-sector customers with reliable IT security in sensitive areas.
The hardware and software solutions from genua effectively and meaningfully complement HIMA’s portfolio in the security domain. The partnership focuses on secure connectivity for mobile employees, encrypted communications over the Internet, interface monitoring, internal network segmentation with firewalls, and networking of highly critical facilities using data diodes. “Our customers will benefit from cutting-edge solutions meeting the highest demands for safety and security”, says Dr. Alexander Horch, Vice President Research, Development & Product Management at HIMA.
As a specialist in IT security, genua has been part of the Bundesdruckerei Group since 2015. The company develops and produces IT security solutions in Germany. Frequent certifications and approvals by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) testify to the high quality of genua’s products. Matthias Ochs, Managing Director of genua: “The combined expertise of HIMA and genua enables us to offer precisely tailored IT security solutions and comprehensive services for the process and railway industries as well as the energy generation sector. We see large potential here and are pleased with this cooperation.” The genubox solution, for example, enables highly secure remote maintenance access to plants and machines in virtually any location. The robust appliance is simply installed on the systems that need to be remotely monitored and supported by the manufacturer or service provider. If maintenance is needed, the genubox ensures security: It establishes an encrypted and authenticated connection for data transmission, and its firewall function limits external access exclusively to the supported system so that other sensitive network areas of the customer cannot be reached through the maintenance access point.
The HIMA Group is the world's leading independent provider of smart safety solutions for industrial applications. With more than 35,000 installed TÜV-certified safety systems worldwide, HIMA qualifies as the technology leader in this sector. Its expert engineers develop customized solutions that help increase safety, cyber security and profitability of plants and factories in the digital age. For over 45 years, HIMA has been a trusted partner to the world's largest oil, gas, chemical, and energy-producing companies. These rely on HIMA solutions, services and consultancy for uninterrupted plant operation and protection of assets, people and the environment. HIMA’s offering includes smart safety solutions that help increase safety and uptime by turning data into business-relevant information. HIMA also provides comprehensive solutions for the efficient control and monitoring of turbomachinery (TMC), burners and boilers (BMC) and pipelines (PMC). In the global rail industry, HIMA’s CENELEC-certified SIL4 COTS safety controllers are leading the way to increased safety, security and profitability. Founded in 1908, the family-owned company operates from over 50 locations worldwide with its headquarters in Bruehl, Germany. With a workforce of approximately 800 employees, HIMA generated a turnover of approximately €123 million in 2017.
genua GmbH is a German IT security specialist. Its business activities range from securing sensitive interfaces in public authorities and industry to connecting highly critical infrastructure, reliably encrypting data communication over the Internet and providing remote maintenance systems for industry and remote access solutions for mobile users and home offices. All genua products are developed and produced in Germany. Product quality is ensured by regular certification and approval by the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik). genua was founded in 1992 and now has over 250 employees at its main site in Kirchheim near Munich and subsidiaries in Berlin, Cologne, Leipzig and Stuttgart. Over the years, numerous customers from industry and government have come to rely on the experience and solutions provided by the company. genua is part of the Bundesdruckerei group.