Challenges in safeguarding global production plants | Expert interview with Dr. Thorsten Widmer of Bosch

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About Dr. Thorsten Widmer

Dr. Thorsten Widmer is responsible for the digitization of Bosch plants worldwide. He spoke with us about the weak points and challenges he faces in protecting 250+ Bosch plants and a wide range of development sites.

One major challenge is ensuring that protective measures can be taken at scale yet still be segmented. In this way, a consistent, standard approach can be applied to all the plants and locations around the world, but if an attack takes place only the specific site in question is affected.

It is critical to always take a comprehensive risk-based view of OT security. In many cases, uncomplicated, low-cost actions like simple segmentation, employee training, and virus scanners can help to avert most attacks. In addition to technological solutions, the on-site organization makes a difference. For example, Bosch hires an OT security specialist for every one of its plants.

SMEs should focus on working with relevant initiatives, standards bodies, committees, and platforms. They can benefit greatly from close collaboration with everyone in the OT environment and from sharing information and ideas with their own partner networks.

Below you can find the official interview (German only):


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