17 Apr 2024

Phoenix Contact awarded IEC 62443 certificate for PLCnext Control by TÜV SÜD

Phoenix Contact awarded IEC 62443 certificate for PLCnext Control by TÜV SÜD

Should security matter just as much as reliability within automation? What can poor security cost?

  • Plant downtime – due to security issues, production must be stopped for hours or days.
  • Ransomware – Production is blocked as Data is encrypted. Do you pay the costs of recovery, or rebuild the production process and hardware.
  • Loss of Data – Cost of data recovery.
  • Leakage of Know How – Quantify what your IP is worth.
  • Reputational Damage – What is the price of your partners and customer trust.

Security matters to automation systems, but how do you determine if a product or system is secure? The IEC 62443 standard specifies the processes and functions required to develop secure systems. It describes three roles (operator, integrator and manufacturer) and defines the necessary measures. For all roles, security by design proves to be an essential condition.

Phoenix Contact is the first company to receive a certification for a controller (PLC) in accordance with IEC 62443-4-1 ML 3 Full Process Profile in combination with IEC 62443-4-2. This confirms that the secure development life cycle was fully applied in developing the PLCnext Control devices.

As a result, the PLCnext Control product family of AXC F 1152, AXC F 2152, and AXC 3152 has been certified by TÜV SÜD. By activating the Security Profile, users have access to a more comprehensive scope of Security Level 2 (SL2) functions. Allowing Operators and Integrators to fulfil their roles and to assist systems to meet further elements of the IEC 62443 standard.

This certification emphasizes Phoenix Contact’s strategy of offering standardized security in products, industry solutions, and consultation services to ensure the future-proof operation of machines, systems, and infrastructures.

Company info: Phoenix Contact Ltd