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TÜV Rheinland launched a new personnel certification program Wednesday to address the demand for cybersecurity expertise in the operational technology (OT) and industrial security sector.

The new Certified Operational Technology Cybersecurity Professional Program is being offered in response to the growing demand for specialists in industrial cybersecurity.

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“As an engineer leading other engineers I see the huge value in an externally verified certification program to help me benchmark the expertise of my team,” said Nigel Stanley, chief technology officer, operational technology and industrial cybersecurity at TÜV Rheinland. “This part of the cybersecurity market is one of the most complex to deliver in, and anything that helps improve quality is beneficial. There are lots of emerging certifications in this sector but the TÜV Rheinland approach focuses on the key requirements of safety and cybersecurity.”

The Certified Operational Technology Cybersecurity Professional (TÜV) certification program assesses candidates using a combination of a professional career review, interview and technical examination.

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Experts who meet the required standard will receive certification from TÜV Rheinland. This allows them to use the title “Certified Operational Technology Cybersecurity Professional (TÜV).”

In addition certified experts are expected to continue their professional development and must undergo a new evaluation by TÜV Rheinland every three years to retain their certification. Successful candidates will have access to discounted events, activities and other benefits as may be available from time to time.

In the complex cybersecurity arena, a third-party verified certification program can help companies benchmark the expertise of their teams against the demands of industrial cybersecurity.

“We can apply the many years of experience we have as a consulting provider of cybersecurity services for industrial companies,” said Frank Luzsicza, executive vice president for digital transformation & cybersecurity at TÜV Rheinland. “Adding a personnel certification program is the next step in our commitment to increase the quality and focus on industrial cybersecurity.”

Candidates for the new certification program should have at least ten years of experience in cybersecurity, including five years in leadership roles. To prepare for the exam candidates are asked to create a structured case study. After a review, they will be invited to an online presentation and a technical question-and-answer session.

The certification costs €350 or $398.47 U.S. Click here for further information on the program.

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