HIMA and genua Intensify Partnership for OT Security

  • genua honours HIMA Group as an Expert Partner

  • Focus on safety and security solutions for industry

  • Intensive knowledge transfer between IT and OT


Kirchheim/Munich, 17 June 2024 – As the industry embraces digitalization and faces increasing security requirements, the two German technology leaders HIMA and genua will further deepen their strategic partnership. genua GmbH, part of the Bundesdruckerei Group, recognised the HIMA Group as an expert partner and presented them with a partnership certificate at ACHEMA, the world's leading trade fair for the process industry. The partnership underlines the excellence of both companies in providing safety and security solutions to the industry. Both companies understand security as a holistic approach. In a "partnership of equals", security solutions at the highest level are created on the basis of convergent IT/OT products from both companies. 

"Being awarded the status of an expert partner of genua not only underlines our successful cooperation, but is also an expression of a shared vision for the future of industrial plant safety," explains Jörg de la Motte, CEO of the HIMA Group: "As technology leaders in their respective fields, HIMA and genua complement each other perfectly in order to always be able to offer the latest safety and security solutions for industrial plants." 

"This cooperation is an example of the current industry trend, where safety and security are increasingly merging," adds Matthias Ochs, Managing Director of genua. HIMA is one of three expert partners, and the only one in the field of OT, which offer individual services around genua's technologies to ensure the ongoing operation of customers' IT infrastructure. 

Safety and Security at all levels of automation 

The background to the cooperation is HIMA's vision of creating added value for plant operators through the digitalization of functional safety. To this end, the company is developing a holistic portfolio of solutions for the digitalization of the safety life cycle of plants, which significantly simplifies the compliant operation of safety equipment in the process industry (HIMA Safety Lifecycle Digitalization). 

Comprehensive transfer of knowledge between security and safety is necessary as the two sides are increasingly merging in modern process plants. This transfer of knowledge is being created in the strategic partnership between HIMA and genua through mutual and ongoing safety (OT) and security (IT) training. Through the partnership, genua's comprehensive security portfolio will be used in HIMA's safety solutions to ensure safety and security at all levels of automation. The products of both companies are "Made in Germany" and offer a convergent solution tailored to the needs of the process and railway industries. The focus is on compliance with the highest standards and certifications from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) as well as the development of technologies that follow the recommendations of the user association NAMUR. 

Intensive knowledge transfer between IT and OT 

The strategic partnership of the two expert companies has already borne fruit. The "HIMA Security Lab in cooperation with genua", which opened in June 2023, serves as a center to raise awareness of the security of IT and OT solutions and to drive IT/OT convergence. Experts from both companies have already implemented successful projects, developed comprehensive solutions, and jointly developed and tested security scenarios under practical conditions.  

"HIMA and genua are known for their reliability and commitment to maintaining long-term customer relationships," emphasizes Jörg de la Motte: "With individual and flexible solutions, HIMA and genua jointly protect the safety and security infrastructures of the industry and enable customers to concentrate on their core business." 


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Über genua

Die genua GmbH sichert sensitive IT-Netzwerke im Public- und im Enterprise-Sektor, bei KRITIS-Organisationen und in der geheimschutzbetreuten Industrie mit hochsicheren und skalierbaren Cyber-Security-Lösungen. Dabei fokussiert das Unternehmen auf den umfassenden Schutz von Netzwerken, Kommunikation und interner Netzwerksicherheit für IT und OT. Das Lösungsspektrum umfasst Firewalls und Gateways, VPNs, Fernwartungs-systeme, interne Netzwerksicherheit und Cloud Security bis hin zu Remote-Access-Lösungen für mobile Mitarbeiter und Homeoffices.  

Die genua GmbH ist eine Tochtergesellschaft der Bundesdruckerei-Gruppe. Mit mehr als 400 Mitarbeitenden entwickelt und produziert sie IT-Security-Lösungen ausschließlich in Deutschland. Seit der Unternehmensgründung in 1992 belegen regelmäßige Zertifizierungen und Zulassungen durch das Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI) den hohen Sicherheits- und Qualitätsanspruch der Produkte. Zu den Kunden zählen u.a. Arvato Systems, BMW, die Bundeswehr, das THW sowie die Würth-Gruppe. 

About HIMA Group 

The HIMA Group is a global independent provider of safety-related automation solutions for the process and rail industries that protect people, assets, and the environment from harm. Founded in 1908, the family-owned company is headquartered in Brühl, near Mannheim, (Germany).  

The HIMA Group employs approx. 1050 employees in 22 group companies worldwide. Regional centers are located in Breda, the Netherlands (Europe), Stockport, England (UK), Kristiansand, Norway (Scandinavia), Singapore (North and South East Asia), Perth (Australia and New Zealand), Shanghai (China), Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Middle East) and Houston, USA (North America).   

The open and independent HIMA Safety Platform combines hardware and software on a single technology platform and offers a uniform security concept. With more than 50,000 installed safety systems (SIL 3 / SIL 4, PL e, CENELEC SIL 4), HIMA is considered a technology leader. In addition to proven safety technology, HIMA offers consulting, safety engineering, and services as well as training.  

This results in solutions that ensure functional safety and OT security, compliance with standards, process efficiency and plant availability throughout the entire safety lifecycle.  
As a safety expert, HIMA is pioneering the digitalization of functional safety and generates significant added value for customers with holistic safety solutions. 

Since the 1960s, HIMA has been a reliable partner to the world's largest companies in the process industry, including chemicals, petrochemicals, energy and oil and gas.  
Typical safety applications include Emergency Shutdown Systems (ESD), Fire & Gas (F&G) systems, Burner Control /  Management Systems (BCS/BMS) for Burners and Boilers, Turbo Machinery Control (TMC) for Turbomachinery and Compressors, Pipeline Management Control (PMC) with Leak Detection, High-Integrity Pressure Protection Systems (HIPPS) for overpressure protection of pipelines, subsea systems for the deep sea, and overfill protection systems for tank farms.  

In 2015, HIMA revolutionized the railway industry with the first CENELEC SIL 4 certified Safety PLC. These commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products are open safety controllers that can be easily integrated and maintained into a wide variety of solutions. Today, HIMA also offers holistic safety solutions for applications such as level crossings, signaling interlockings, and on-board systems for rolling stock. Our rail solutions suite includes Power SCADA for Electrification, SCADA BMS for rail tunnel control, overspeed prevention systems, interlockings for railway depots, and automatic door control. 

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