EY launches a global IoT/OT Security Lab to help clients stay ahead of emerging threats

London, 15 May 2018

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  • The Warsaw-located lab focuses on prototyping cyber risk defense for critical infrastructures
  • The multi-million-dollar facility helps clients’ experience disruptive IoT/OT solutions in a secure environment

EY has launched a new Internet of Things/Operational Technology (IoT/OT) Security Lab embedded within the EY wavespace™ flagship in Warsaw.

The lab allows clients to prototype cyber risk defense and IoT solutions for industrial critical infrastructure such as power grids, transportation systems, utilities networks and more in a test environment.

The multi-million-dollar facility is staffed with a team of professionals with industry-leading experience and skills in IoT/OT and cybersecurity and is a collaborative hub to address clients’ pressing challenges by co-developing innovative solutions that leverage the latest security technologies and tools. The facility provides the ability to prototype and test OT security solutions in a lab-created simulation of the client’s control system environment.

Paul van Kessel, EY Global Advisory Cybersecurity Leader, says:

“The continued proliferation of digital technology across industries means that along with huge advances in efficiencies and productivity, the cyber threats have increased exponentially. Our flagship EY wavespace™ center in Warsaw is equipped with the most advanced technologies in the area of IoT/OT, intelligent automation and cybersecurity to help clients experience innovative strategies on their control systems in a test environment. The lab is a perfect addition to our network that meets the needs of the industrial sector clients in their IoT/OT and cybersecurity agenda.”

This is the first IoT/OT Security Lab in the EY wavespace™ ecosystem, and is also part of the organization’s Network of Excellence – a network of innovation centers, which works across related areas to help clients achieve radical breakthroughs in business transformation, and includes all EY cybersecurity centers around the globe.

Aleksander Poniewierski, EY Global IoT Leader, says:

“Companies today are being challenged every day to innovate and increase their competitiveness. For the industrial sector in particular, a large part of that innovation can come from infusing digital technology within the operational technology process. However, it’s also crucial for companies to understand firsthand and experience the different technologies available and how they can impact their current systems. With the ability to prototype and test, this security lab allows clients to experience new technology and solutions and choose the best option by thoroughly examining them in a low-cost and low-risk environment.”

The lab’s technical facilities include an OT environment to simulate industrial processes and a demonstration environment with a workshop and training area. The security tools and systems include the latest in OT cybersecurity solutions such as industrial firewalls, behavioral and signature-based intrusion detection systems, asset management and configuration control, which help to design and test clients’ target OT security operations center.

Piotr Ciepiela, EY EMEIA IoT/OT Security Leader, says:

Critical infrastructure encompasses oil and gas, power and utilities and also manufacturing, pharmaceutical, transportation and other sectors that are essential for a nation to function properly. We want to help our clients better understand the future of industrial cybersecurity through an immersive experience created in the EY IoT/OT Lab environment. We truly believe that collaboration and co-innovation with technology vendors will greatly enhance the infusion of security and innovation in the industrial automation and IoT world.”

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About the IoT/OT Lab facilities and functions:

  • Lab as an incubator: The lab provides a research environment to explore and pilot new IoT technologies that address client issues as they occur on a simulation of their environment. For example, external IoT and OT security vendors can use the security lab to apply their latest technologies to clients’ particular architecture to create a proof of concept that addresses the issues the clients are facing. The pilot demonstration provides a new and desired way for larger procurements for the clients 
  • Lab connected with the EY wavespace™ network: The lab is designed to operate remotely with clients located in the EY wavespace locations across the globe.
  • Center of excellence: A global center of excellence for IoT/OT security which supports design, test and support in implementation of IoT/OT solutions
  • Facilitated workshops: A space for high-impact events and facilitated workshops.
  • Showroom: A dedicated demonstration environment to showcase solutions to clients.