Siemens Energy Receives Cybersecurity Certification for Its SPPA-T3000 Control System

PBUS Siemens logo 400

February 2, 2022

Global certification service provider TÜV SÜD has confirmed the cybersecurity of Siemens Energy’s proven SPPA-T3000 control system by awarding IEC 62443-3-3 and IEC 62443-4-1 certifications. This makes Siemens Energy the one of the few major suppliers of power plant control technology to hold this certification. It enables SPPA-T3000 customers to demonstrate the cybersecurity of their assets to regulators, insurers, investors and the public and simplifies proof of compliance with regulatory requirements in Europe and the USA such as KRITIS or NERC CIP.

IEC 62443 is a major standard for IT security for industrial control and automation systems and one of the world’s most comprehensive cybersecurity standards. It provides a holistic security framework for operators and their service providers as well as product suppliers. It covers processes, people, and technologies in all phases of a system’s lifecycle. Part 3-3 includes system security requirements and security levels, part 4-1 covers secure product development lifecycle requirements.

The certification covers the SPPA-T3000 control system and its product and service lifecycle management process, which ensures that the requirements will continue to be met in the future.

“With the cybersecurity certification of our proven SPPA-T3000 control system, we are setting an important example in the market and underlining our claim to leadership in the field of cybersecurity in the energy industry,” says Laura Anderson, Senior Vice President Service Controls and Digitalization at Siemens Energy. “The certificate not only gives our customers security, but also makes it easier for them to provide the required proof of their system’s cybersecurity in an environment of ever-stricter regulations. In addition, it gives them planning security, as development will steadily progress within the scope of the certification requirements.”

Thanks to decades of experience and development, SPPA-T3000 is one of the most proven, reliable and powerful power plant control systems in the world. With the IEC 62443 certification, we have now also received independent proof that our system meets the highest cyber security standards. With advanced functionalities such as security information and event management (SIEM) or network intrusion detection (NIDS), we make it even easier for our customers to protect their assets effectively,” adds Anderson.

The growing networking of components and systems in industrial plants is also increasing the risk of cyberattacks. While corporate IT has usually been the focus of malicious hacker attacks, the threat level for operational technology (OT) is rapidly growing. Successful attacks on OT can lead not only to financial losses and a damaged reputation, but in the worst case to power outages, damaged assets, or serious danger to people. Since many companies do not have a sufficient strategy in place to adequately protect their OT, control systems such as SPPA-T3000 play a critical role in OT cybersecurity.

To protect critical infrastructure, many governments around the world are imposing increasingly stringent cybersecurity regulations on operators. While some regions, such as the European Union, are taking a more rigid and comprehensive approach, other countries are relying on industrial regulations and self-regulatory approaches. These regulatory requirements present new challenges for plant operators, and standardized cybersecurity certifications are an important way of proving the required evidence.


Related Articles

Changing Scene

  • Tri-Mach Announces the Purchase of an Additional 45,000 sq ft. Facility

    Tri-Mach Announces the Purchase of an Additional 45,000 sq ft. Facility

    Recently, Tri-Mach Inc. was thrilled to announce the addition of a new 45,000 sq ft. facility. Located at 285 Union St., Elmira, ON, this facility expands Tri-Mach’s capabilities, allowing them to better serve the growing needs of their customers. Positioning for growth, this additional facility will allow Tri-Mach to continue taking on large-scale projects, enhance product performance testing, and provide equipment storage for their customers. Read More…

  • HELUKABEL Group Builds New Facility for Automation Cable Solutions

    HELUKABEL Group Builds New Facility for Automation Cable Solutions

    The HELUKABEL Group recently announced it is going to build a new facility in Haan, Germany that will house its robotic dress pack and drag chain system subsidiaries under one roof. The new building will also serve as the headquarters of HELUKABEL’s Rhine-Ruhr sales branch, and is planned to be completed by 2025. Robotec Systems’ core business is robotic dress pack solutions and has been a HELUKABEL subsidiary since 2012 operating out of Duisburg, a suburb of Duesseldorf in northwest Germany. Read More…

Sponsored Content
Fire Protection for Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems

Lithium-ion storage facilities contain high-energy batteries combined with highly flammable electrolytes. In addition, they are prone to quick ignition and explosion in a worst-case scenario. Such fires can have a significant financial impact on organizations. Rapid detection of electrolyte gas particles and extinguishing are the key to a successful fire protection concept. Since December 2019, Siemens has been offering a VdS-certified fire protection concept for stationary Li-ion battery storage systems.

Click HERE to learn more.

For a Multiplied Value Unified


During the last few years, the Excelpro Group has welcomed AIA Automation, Envitech Automation and Conrad Lavoie Electrical, all of which have become ‘Member of the Excelpro Group’.

It was with great excitement that in November of 2022, Excelpro announced that these three companies officially became Excelpro. This decision is part of a strategy to enhance the Excelpro Group’s brand in its market.

These companies already collaborate on various client projects. This merger brings together the complementary strengths of the employees and ensures a global synergy of the activities throughout the Group.

Read More

Service Wire Co. Announces New Titles for Key Executives

Bruce Kesler and Mark Gatewood have been given new titles and responsibilities for Service Wire Co.

Bruce Kesler has assumed the role of Senior Director – Business Development. Bruce will be responsible for Service Wire’s largest strategic accounts and our growing Strategic Accounts Team.

Mark Gatewood has been promoted to the role of Vice President – Sales & Marketing. In this role, Gatewood will lead the efforts of Service Wire Company’s entire sales and marketing organization in all market verticals.

Read More

Modern Niagara Partners with Global Sustainability Platform Worldfavor

Worldfavor is a global sustainability platform, digitizing and automating the collection, calculation, aggregation and visualization for analysis and reporting of ESG data. Now, Worldfavor is proud to welcome Modern Niagara as a new customer. Modern Niagara is the first Canadian construction company to partner with Worldfavor.

“Worldfavor was founded to be the best platform for sharing, accessing and gaining insights from corporate ESG information. Worldfavor’s mission is to make sustainability mainstream and with that we offer solutions to accelerate sustainability through the value chain. Modern Niagara is the first Canadian construction company to partner with Worldfavor. 

Read More

JMP Parent Company, CONVERGIX Acquires AGR Automation, Expanding Global Reach

Convergix Automation Solutions has completed the acquisition of AGR Automation (“AGR”), a UK-based provider of custom, high-performance automation design and systems integration primarily to the life sciences industry.

Following Convergix’s acquisitions of JMP Solutions in August 2021 and Classic Design in February 2022, AGR marks the third investment in Crestview’s strategy to build Convergix into a diversified automation solutions provider targeting the global $500+ billion market, with a particular focus on the $70 billion global systems integration and connectivity segments. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Read More

Latest Articles