EfVET Member, HETEL FP/ Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri is currently leading a KA 2 project for innovation called Industrial Cyber Security 4.0 (InCyS 4.0).

HETEL FP/ Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri (Spain)

The introduction of information technologies (IT) and digital supply networks (DSNs) into automated systems means that data is now shared among a large number of applications, and machinery is operated using global applications and network systems. The benefits of the use of digital technology for operations are enormous but also come with new and increased risks. There is a real threat to companies production security, safety and capacity, as well as data privacy when companies connect to operational technology networks.

Companies admit to being unprepared for the array of cyber threats now distinguishable. Operational technicians in industrial companies are not sufficiently aware of the threats nor do they have the competences to take adequate preventive security or response measures.

InCyS 4.0 proposes the creation of an integrated training course for high-level technicians (EQF level 5 and above) and operational workers who work or will work in the industry, in critical infrastructures or in industrial production.

The course will focus on cyber threats, dangers and consequences in Industrial Systems and offers basic practical cybersecurity awareness training to prevent unnecessary exposure to risk and also basic capacity to protect against threats when detected.

This project unites higher education institutions (Hellenic Mediterranean University and Instituto Politécnico do Porto), a VET organization offering training for high-level VET (Politeknika Txorierri), and a consultancy (IDEC). They will all collaborate with industrial enterprises in their networks (especially SMEs) from the very beginning.

The course will be available on September 2019 and will contain 3 main modules tackling the following issues: Industrial Components and Characteristics of Industrial Systems; Security Concepts in Industrial Environments and Integration of OT and IT; and C.I.A. in Industrial Environments (Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability). The project will also develop a Practical Cyber Security Guide for Operational Technicians. The results will be tested with a minimum number of 40 students and a maximum of 50 in each partner organization.