Three minutes with …
… Nils Brücker

Senior Product Man­ager Soft­ware and Tech­nolo­gies

Mr Bücker, you are responsible for the area of industrial security at Pilz. What is your main focus here?

Secu­rity should be con­sid­ered across the entire product life­cycle, which is why at Pilz we already start thinking about secu­rity during product devel­op­ment. Our devel­op­ment processes are cer­ti­fied in accor­dance with the inter­na­tional secu­rity stan­dard IEC 62443–4‑1 from TÜV Süd, meaning they are ver­i­fi­ably ­secure. We deter­mine the pro­tec­tion needs of indi­vidual product func­tions, imple­ment the func­tions securely and con­tin­u­ously mon­itor poten­tial vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties across the entire life­cycle of our prod­ucts.

This means that our customers can count on the security of Pilz products?

We have a team just for this at Pilz, and I am a member. Here we analyse, eval­uate and process poten­tial vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties in our prod­ucts. If the vul­ner­a­bility could neg­a­tively affect the ­secu­rity of our prod­ucts, we use a Secu­rity Advi­sory to report on these gaps. We also use this to high­light updated firmware and to ­rec­om­mend alter­na­tive coun­ter­mea­sures before damage can occur.

What tips can you give to customers about industrial security?

We rec­om­mend that our cus­tomers also ­e­ngage in a holistic approach – starting with the risk analysis: What secu­rity risks are ­present on my machine? Will they affect the func­tional safety? How can I guar­antee the best pos­sible pro­tec­tion? These con­sid­er­a­tions are nec­es­sary in order to imple­ment the right tech­nical and organ­i­sa­tional mea­sures to pro­tect the machine.


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