3.01
(5 Reviews)

GE in Industrial Control Systems Security Solutions

  • Massachusetts, USA
  • 1892
  • More than $100 BN
Sectors
Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics, Energy and Utilities
Regions
Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, North America
3.01
Company Overview
GE Internet Industrial Control Systems (IICS) is a unique solution for data storage, analysis, and rapid transmission, with features such as reduction in downtime, improved profitability, and low operational costs. GE’s SCADA monitor controls and visualizes every aspect of the industrial control operation for intelligent control using new high-performance technology, with increased efficiency and reduced costs. GE’s Measurement and Control business has also introduced its new CAP Software Update and SecurityST Appliance solutions to more effectively protect its existing ICS from cybersecurity threats around the world.

The company offers the following solutions in the ICS security market:

  • SecurityST Compact
  • SecurityST Standard
  • SecurityST Pro

The company offers the following services in the ICS security market:

  • Cyber Asset Protection (CAP)
  • Security Governance Consulting Services
  • Training Services
GE offers specialized Industrial IoT application for ICS security known as Predix Platform-
Predix Platform is the distributed application and services platform for building and running powerful digital industrial solutions. The platform connects data from physical assets to powerful analytics and industrial applications, such as Predix APM (see Spotlight section for more on Predix APM), to improve operations, lower costs, and develop and monetize new data-driven services.

Key attributes of the Predix Platform:

  • Built around an asset-centric digital twin, creating actionable insights from asset data and analytics
  • Provides a comprehensive edge-to-cloud architecture that optimizes workloads across varying operating infrastructure
  • Supports high control and high productivity development to support industrial developers and subject matter experts
  • Runs SaaS applications such as Predix Asset Performance Management (Predix APM) that increases asset reliability and availability
  • The result of GE’s billion+ dollar investment in its own digital transformation

Web HMI

Web HMI from GE Digital provides a single high-performance HMI across multiple data sources to improve situational awareness and enable operators for faster response. Working with iFIX, CIMPLICITY, Worflow, and Historian from GE Digital, Web HMI modernizes visualization, driving the right operator actions with just a glance
Features:

  • Version 2.2: Task list card. Model and security enhancements include common model and authentication (Workflow and Web HMI), asset/ object override capabilities
  • Never start with a blank sheet of paper; reduce development with a model and templates
  • Native Web HMI and context-driven, high-performance visualization
  • Structured asset model that leverages industry standards and maps to the SCADA database
  • High performance HMI out-of-the-box: asset types, dynamos/smart objects, layouts, and cards (HMI, alarms, trends, tasks, control), navigation
  • Extensible via layout, cards, and whitelisting. Single click to re-arrange pre-defined layouts for a personalized user experience
  • Auto-generated control card via asset model
  • Centralized development and deployment
  • Base API to consume external HTML5 content
  • Model builder with easy drag-and-drop and visual structuring capabilities
  • Mimic creation via existing native editors in iFIX and CIMPLICITY
  • Multi-touch alarm and trend viewer
  • Kiosk mode to run only one application at a time and restrict access
  • Encrypted communication from your Web client using SSL/digital certificate, IT security friendly, and cloud ready
USP

General Electric provides ICS solutions that help improve the operational efficiency of an organization through asset optimization, enhanced process performance, and increased productivity. Prednix, a flagship product launched by the company in 2016, combines cutting-edge technology with industry experience to rapidly analyze machine-grade data and deliver faster outcomes. General Electric mainly caters to the healthcare, power generation, and manufacturing sectors. Its products are flexible and inexpensive and offer better productivity and lower risk as compared to products from its competitors.

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Strengths
  • EDDL - Electronic Device Description Language
  • FDT – field device tool
  • ODVA
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Education & Training
  • Incident Response
  • Risk and Threat Assessment
  • Risk Based Asset Classification
  • Cloud
  • On-premise
  • Design & Integration
  • Strategy consulting
  • Multi-purpose tools
  • Reverse engineering tools
  • Distributed Control System (DCS)
  • Engineering workstations
  • HMI panels
  • Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
  • Remote Terminal Unit (RTU)
Weaknesses
  • No Weaknesses

Reviews

Vice President - Marketing,Company Name Classified
Vice President - Marketing, Company Name Classified
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“Real time remote monitoring"

GE deploys a monitoring solution on top of the existing control solution. It consists of CIMPLICITY Historian software on an IPC for local collection and storage, but direct connection to the existing SCADA system via Modbus/TCP from RSTi-EP Remote I/O drops. This solution enables remote monitoring and diagnostics in real-time from a central control station and emergency local data storage.
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“Advanced threat and vulnerability intelligence services"

GE offers digital threat and vulnerability intelligence services. These services provide advanced insights into the attack surface landscape. These services ensure actionable intelligence for OT customers.
Chief Product Officer,Company Name Classified
Chief Product Officer, Company Name Classified
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“Best managed services"

GE Industrial Managed Services are mainly designed for post-implementation or project deployment. These services help train the right people and develop processes that are required to capitalize on the value of GE Digital solutions.
Vice President - Marketing,Company Name Classified
Vice President - Marketing, Company Name Classified
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“Good authentication process"

GE secure access to the controller is implemented using an authentication the process that does not require passwords to be passed over the network. This helps prevent an attacker from eavesdropping and collecting credentials from the network that would provide unauthorized access to the controller.
Chief Manager - Marketing,Company Name Classified
Chief Manager - Marketing, Company Name Classified
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“Better support for different applications"

GE offers a Predix platform and number of applications. These platforms and applications support a wide range of industries and data governance regulations.
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GE Presence in Industrial Control Systems Security Solutions
GE is one of the leading providers of industrial automation and cybersecurity products. In the last decade, GE has made various transformations in its industrial products portfolio, which reflects some of the strongest decisions that the company has taken, including the acquisition of Alstom’s power and grid business, the spin-off of Synchrony Financial (SYF), and the deposition of its appliance and lighting segment. Around 60% of the company’s revenues come from the industrial business segment and the balance 40% from capital insurance. In April 206, GE launched Predix for IIoT for businesses and partners in order to develop software solutions for their own operations and customers. Companies such as Exelon, University of California, San Francisco, BP, and Proctor & Gamble have also partnered with GE to benefit from the Predix app and increase efficiency and productivity. GE has also taken steps to sharpen its focus on the digital industrial side by continuing with its sale of capital assets. In line with its inorganic growth strategy, the company signed two valuable partnerships in 2016 solely for the benefits of its customers. The first partnership was with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which leveraged GE’s industry software to deliver a new suite of solutions for customers willing to enhance their businesses with real-time analytics and insights. The second partnership was with Zentech Inc., according to which, both the companies aimed to work together and offer advanced vessels for their marine and offshore customers.
#1 Distributed Denial Of Service / Deep packet inspection
#2 Pre Deployment / Regulatory compliance
#3 Manufacturing / NIST CSF
#4 Implementation Methodology / Risk and Threat Assessment
#5 Common standards / General Data Protection Regulation
#1 Asset visibility and safety / Real-time monitoring
#2 Regulatory compliance for ICS
#3 Minimize risk - backup and recovery
#4 Lower TCO
#5 Integration of legacy devices

GE QUADRANTS

GE has chosen it’s strengths in these 3 territories
  • Niche Quadrant

    All-Middle East and Africa

  • Niche Quadrant

    All-Asia-Pacific

  • Niche Quadrant

    All-Europe