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Protecting Industrial Controls Systems from outside threats involves challenges which GPA is uniquely qualified to handle.  Modern control system infrastructure is more complex than

proprietary solutions of the past and requires a new resource model to effectively

manage the integration and lifecycle of modernized OT infrastructure. 


With these additional layers of complexity, there is also a new reality with respect to Industrial Control System security. We now have nation states who are actively targeting our

control systems and critical infrastructure by conducting targeted attacks using

advanced malware such as Triton, WannaCry and NotPetya. 


Securing and managing OT infrastructure is not the primary role of the process control engineer, and IT is not typically trained with the skillset specific to managing and protecting

OT assets, processes and networks.  In many cases, critical ICS infrastructure is

left unmanaged and open to Cybersecurity risks which can result in dire consequences.

The first step in mitigating risk is to assess your current security posture. 

GPA will take a holistic view of your current Cybersecurity objectives, ICS program and

the current state of your automation environment.  We will help you develop a

comprehensive strategy to mitigate risk and partner with you to

implement appropriate and cost-effective security controls.  Once your system is

secure, our team will make sure you have a plan in place for

monitoring your system and keeping it up-to-date.

Request to download How to Gauge Your ICS Cybersecurity


  • Security Objectives Workshop

  • Comprehensive Security Assessment

  • Security Program Maturity

  • Policies and Procedures

  • Physical and Environmental Security

  • Security Architecture

  • Access Control

  • Infrastructure and Security Management

  • Security Posture Baseline, Strategy, and Roadmap


  • Asset Inventory and Classification

  • Risk Management Strategy

  • Defense In Depth Controls

  • Policies, Procedures, and Awareness

  • Physical Security

  • Perimeter Defense

  • Network Segmentation

  • Asset Hardening

  • Application Hardening

  • Incident Response and Recovery

  • Response Planning

  • Disaster Recovery

  • Managed Network Services

  • Managed Security Services

Client Type

Largest US Pulp & Paper manufacturer

Client Challenge

Convert paper machine to fluff pulp dryer in a tight timeline

Risk of Situation

Financial loss from inability to meet new production requirements

on time

GPA Solution

Tailored a new control system for new machine and repurposed components

GPA Value

New factory functionality up and running at optimal throughput on-time and under budget

Client Type

Oil & Gas provider with 100 retail outlets and 200+ routes

Client Challenge

Network was unstable causing system crash with new software installation

Risk of Situation

Financial loss and major customer service negative impact, Human health and safety risks

GPA Solution

Immediate fix to get systems back on-line, Thorough assessment of OT network, Complete Infrastructure design, Detailed plan for conversion, Installation of a new reliable network including Cybersecurity to NIST industry-standards

GPA Value

Client now has reliable, robust and secure operational technology network with appropriate documentation and monitoring

Client Type

Fortune 200 Packaging Manufacturer

Client Challenge

Board of Directors’ strategic initiative to address ICS  Cybersecurity

Risk of Situation

Financial loss, Human health and safety risks

GPA Solution

Thorough assessment of ICS cybersecurity posture resulting in a detailed, actionable plan for a  cybersecurity program and technical operational cybersecurity roadmap

GPA Value

Client now has the specific steps they must take to achieve their optimal cybersecurity posture

Client Type

$2bil manufacturer and supplier of specialty chemicals

Client Challenge

Not realizing benefits of installed dataParc software

Risk of Situation

Waste of investment, Inability to make informed decisions for needed adjustments add controls

GPA Solution

Thorough assessment of information needs, Creation of reports with actionable data for 4 key production lines including quality tracking daily, weekly and monthly

GPA Value

Client able to track analytics to adjust for variances and make necessary process changes to have better batch control, reduce waste and improve productivity