Internationally harmonised standards for cybersecurity


Dialogue matters

Based on consultations with German experts, GPQI facilitated the adoption of the IEC 62443 series of international standards for industrial security by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). This supports international business by ensuring a seamless exchange of cyber-physical systems between India and Germany.

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Cybersecurity for a powerful Industrie 4.0

Increasing industrial automation and interconnectivity of devices has put cybersecurity in the focus of businesses and regulators. Manufacturers must now ensure security at every stage of their processes – and consider the threat of both physical- and cyber-attack.  Weak spots, for example, in production facilities can be used by hackers to put entire industrial plants out of operation, causing financial burdens for manufacturers, endangering supply chains and, most importantly, putting workers at risk.  


GPQI supports the Indian adoption of IEC 62443

The variety of new threats is of concern to manufacturers worldwide and calls foradaption and reform. Well established international standards can provide the basis for a joint approach on cybersecurity. Working towards internationally aligned standards, GPQI facilitated the adoption of the IEC 62443 series of standards by BIS. These standards lay the foundation for a holistic approach to industrial safety by addressing the complete security lifecycle in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders. Developed by a wide range of international companies, the IEC 62443 series is a compilation of international state-of-the-art best practices in cybersecurity. It helps companies to enhance the resilience of their process against attack from cyberspace.


IEC 62443 facilitates trade between Germany and India

The IEC 62443 series of standards also facilitates trade between Germany and India. Organisations that are certified according to IEC 62443 can demonstrate their systems to have solid protection against attacks from cyberspace. Such certification promotes trust in international value chains and fosters the global trade of cyber-physical systems. It is an important step towards enabling trade – and cybersecurity – across borders.


Dialogue matters – International standards for security in Industrie 4.0

May 2019

Indo-German experts identify adoption of IEC 62443 as an important step towards greater cybersecurity in India at an expert workshop.

May 2019

A high-ranking Indian Government delegation visits a smart factory in Mumbai. Experts discuss the practical relevance of IEC 62443.

January 2020

Indian and German experts formulate policy recommendations on the design of the security system for the Internet of Things and the importance of standards and certifications in the topic paper “Securing the Internet of Things Together“.

July 2020

For more security in Industrie 4.0, BIS adopts IEC 62443.

August 2020

Together with BIS and Siemens, GPQI organises a virtual seminar on the adoption of IEC 62443 involving over 200 people.

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