About us: WisePlant Group LLC
Established in February 2012, WisePlant SA was an Argentinean enterprise based in Buenos Aires. It was initiated by a cohort of entrepreneurs aspiring to bring about a significant change. Our dedication was in controlling the import process of process control instrumentation within the country. We also envision a future incorporating industrial cybersecurity, serving as a complementary business. The company started its first investments into workers safety and security. Due to Argentina’s economic crisis, the company needed to look for new business opportunities.
In 2015, the company underwent a management revamp and welcomed new business investors. This transformation sparked an initiative to explore new markets. Consequently, they expanded their business operations into neighboring countries including Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil. A year later, also started operations in Colombia.
In the middle of 2018, the primary stakeholders of the company made a pivotal decision. They chose to relocate the headquarters from Montevideo, situated in Uruguay, to the United States of America. Currently stationed in South Florida, this strategic relocation fostered expansion and steady advancement. However, the pandemic once again threatened the company’s stability.
Affected by the extremely large lockdowns, In 2020 a complete downsizing and business reengineering was required. The local offices in South American countries were formerly closed. The product business distribution and local importation was terminated. The company is now 100% focused into industrial cybersecurity and safety.
WisePlant Group LLC, has three main business divisions. These are WisePlant, WiseCoursesVisit WiseCourses Campus, and WiseSecurity.
We develop and provide solutions for industrial safety, security and Cybersecurity.
We develop training courses and provide professional certification programs.
We provide specialized industrial safety, security and cybersecurity services.
OUR VISION OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY & SECURITY
For over twenty years, industrial systems have been integrating information technologies. This has commenced a process of convergence, merging corporate and production networks. This has been happening since the appearance of Windows 3.11, Windows NT and the incorporation of Ethernet TCP / IP in industrial communications, the creation of OPC (OLE for Process Control). These are clear examples of a reality that changed the paradigm of the islands of information forever.
Since the advent of Stuxnet, there has been an astronomical surge in interest. Concurrently, the number of threats capable of infiltrating industrial systems has also dramatically increased. In the past decade, Information Security (IT) firms have pivoted towards Operational Security (OT). Their objective is to diversify their businesses. To achieve this, they offer an extensive array of services. Additionally, they provide a plethora of products and tools. These are so varied and numerous that listing them all would be challenging.
However, the information security approach for industrial plants is insufficient and misguided, creating a false expectation of security. Information security primarily focuses on safeguarding cyber components from escalating threats posed by various actors such as entities, hackers, or criminal organizations. On the other hand, industrial cybersecurity prioritizes protecting the receivers of risk, including people, environments, and machines, from cyber-threats. In the production sector, also known as OT, the acceptance of cyber risks is considerably lower. This situation contrasts with what is observed in the field of information technology or IT.
Having spent numerous years contributing to the creation and execution of the ISA/IEC-62443 series of standards in industrial settings. It has been noted that the solutions offered by IT security professionals are insufficient. They fall short in addressing the issue of cybersecurity, particularly in operations and production. We decided to create a unique system – from a blank sheet of paper – that meets all the requirements of the ISA/IEC-62443 series of standards and other popular regulations. We created Zones & Conduits Manager System (ZCM).
Maximillian G. Kon, CEO