The Management of CLAAS recognised at an early stage that new, forward-looking business segments had to be developed in order to position the company as a market leader. Be it smart farming, parallel driving, predictive maintenance or software updates "over the air" – digitisation is an integral part of the new business segments in agriculture. For the technical implementation of these services or business segments it is imperative that data can be transmitted via wireless interfaces, among other things. Protecting this data and shielding communication against unauthorised access or manipulation have top priority in this respect.
To ensure this, CLAAS has launched the project "Security@CLAAS". The aim was to establish a comprehensive guideline for the implementation of cyber security in the product development of CLAAS. On the infrastructure side, it was necessary to set up a new public key infrastructure (PKI). This acts as a trustworthy CLAAS instance and thus lays the foundation for the protection of networked agricultural machinery against unauthorised access and manipulation. The PKI provides all central cryptographic functions, such as the generation of keys and electronic certificates or the calculation of digital signatures.
secunet Security Networks supported CLAAS in the design and implementation of this PKI solution through the secunet eID PKI Suite.
CLAAS is thus following the approach of establishing the classic corporate PKI and the PKI for vehicles and machines as separate instances. By using the secunet eID PKI Suite, it is possible to ensure confidentiality, availability and integrity of the data being transmitted at all times while protecting the machines against manipulation.
In short, the secunet eID PKI Suite offers CLAAS the following advantages:
- Investment and future-proof architecture through continuous product
development and maintenance
- Multi-platform support and flexible interfaces enable ideal integration into existing IT infrastructure
- Standard compliance and flexibility of the overall system enable smooth implementation of future legal and technological requirements
- Project-specific adaptations are flexible and can be implemented promptly
"secunet supplied both conceptual parts and the technology for the CLAAS product PKI. The flexibility and easy integration of this technology into the CLAAS IT systems were the decisive factors in this decision. The flexibility paid off especially in the start-up phase of the networked electronic components: secunet was able to make last-minute adjustments. The speed at which the CLAAS product PKI was established should also be emphasised: It took just six weeks from the start of implementation to commissioning."