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Renesas Electronics Plans To Introduce RZ/G Linux Platform Solution That Supports IEC 62443 International Protection Of Industrial Control Systems Against Cyberattacks Standards

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Shreepanjali Mod

The leading supplier of highly developed semiconductor solutions recently spoke of its plans to shortly introduce security solution based on Renesas RZ/C Linux Platform. It will play a key role in shrinking the time range needed for users to gain certification under the new international standard named as IEC 62443-4-2. Certification for this new standard ensures that the security technology released under this tag will keep the industrial control system safe from cyberattacks.

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It is essential to follow safety measures in a world that relies and lives only on connectivity. A small cyberattack on any industrial controlling system that takes care of crucial things like power plant can easily put millions of live at risk. It is for this reason, the the IEC 62443 international security standard was designed by IEC. it covered various layers associated to manufacturing of industrial control systems as well as all other major players.

The IEC 62443 mandates inclusion of endpoint devices such as PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) and sensors. It places a huge responsibility on developers and compels them to decode this complicated standard and prepare documentation and software needed for certifications. They also need to execute the process needing specialized proficiency in a given subject matter. Renesas is basically helping all such developers by creating an industrial security solution that supports IEC 62443-4. The Linux Platform security solution, RZ/G, will help thee developers bring down the time needed to get IEC 62443-4-2 certifications within just six months.


● Under the IEC 62443-4 standard, the IEC-62443-4-1 takes care of development process compliance while the IEC 62443-4-2 takes care of all technical compliance of devices.

● The firm is also working across a newly developed CIP Security Working Group to develop a safe OSS (Open Source Software) that adheres with IEC 62443-4-2 to lay down guidelines for implementation of security applications and functions that use OSS.

● Helps in creation of testing procedures and examining the testing environments needed for getting IEC 62443-4-2 certifications.

In Makers’ Words

Shigeki Kato, Vice President of Renesas’s Enterprise Infrastructure Business Division, says, “At the end of February 2019, the international standard version of IEC62443-4-2 was officially released. Renesas supports the adoption of IEC 62443 across the entire industry and is working to roll out this solution as soon as possible as part of an all-out effort to support our customers’ efforts to acquire certification.”