Global asset management helps to meet critical infrastructure requirements

Critical infrastructures (“CRITIS”) are subject to special rules within the EU, such as the NIS Directive. In order to comply with these rules, and indeed to have an overview of all assets that fall under these rules, it makes sense to use a global enterprise asset management system.

With NIS 2, the EU will significantly expand its list of “critical infrastructures” (“CRITIS”) in the future. Companies that fall within the scope of the directive will, for example, have to record, manage and document all of their automation and security-related OT (operational technology).

A global enterprise asset management system in which data, dependencies, workflows and access authorizations are maintained in an object-oriented manner, i.e. in relation to each individual asset, has proven to be useful in numerous use cases. Several objectives can be achieved with such a tool:

  • Process security, i.e. ensuring reliable and stable running systems
  • Compliance with the NIS Directive and national legal requirements
  • Passing audits
  • Rapid processing of incidents and security problems

Overview, structure, documentation

Especially in the automation and control technology (OT) of industrial companies, there is often a lack of overview, structure and documentation. Neither are all hardware and software components, network participants and dependencies known, nor is there clarity about the up-to-dateness of operating systems, the assignment of authorizations or the allocation of IP addresses and much more. The complexity of a company’s technical operations cannot be mapped in conventional Excel lists, let alone kept track of.

Openness of the system, object-driven structure

As a company’s technical infrastructure is usually individual, an asset management system must in principle be open to everything, but still provide a clear structure and a good overview. Our system focuses on the object – be it machine XY or laptop XZ. Each object is first recorded with the most important basics – e.g. model, year of manufacture, serial number.

It is then enriched with extensive detailed information, such as responsibilities, dependencies and other metadata. This creates an agile object structure that provides a global overview of all technical assets and enables active monitoring of inspection, maintenance and warranty periods. Our asset management system remains responsive even with very large volumes of data – millions of objects/assets.

Your added value

  • More transparency. Your employees get an overview of all assets and can see everything they are authorized to see
  • More simplicity. Our system removes complexity. Employees only receive the information they need to continue working effectively. Everything else is hidden.
  • Less workload. Extensive automation streamlines and accelerates processes. The system does what can no longer be done manually.
  • More sustainability. Once the process chain has been defined, deadlines are adhered to. Process reliability through multi-stage approvals.
  • More legal certainty. EU regulations are stored and compliance is supported by global asset management

Get in touch!

Would you like to know more about our solutions? Then please write me using the contact form. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Christoph Schiffer
Sales Team Germanedge

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