Next-Generation SCADA Security Appliance Provides Device-Based Authentication

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<p><strong>Irvine, Calif. &mdash; May 27</strong><br />Uniloc USA Inc. announced NetAnchor CIS, a powerful device-based identity and access management (IAM) appliance for securing critical infrastructures against potentially catastrophic threats. </p><p>As supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks increasingly interconnect with IT networks, security solutions are required to prevent cybersecurity threats from entering these once isolated environments. <br /><br />NetAnchor CIS uses physical device recognition in addition to password-based authorization to ensure secure access to these critical infrastructure control systems.<br /><br />According to a report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, titled &ldquo;Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security,&rdquo; "Threats to control systems can come from numerous sources, including adversarial sources such as hostile governments, terrorist groups, industrial spies, disgruntled employees, malicious intruders and natural sources such as system complexities, human errors and accidents, equipment failures and natural disasters. To protect against adversarial threats, as well as known natural threats, it is necessary to create a defense-in-depth strategy for industrial control systems."<br /><br />NetAnchor CIS protects SCADA networks using Uniloc physical device recognition to restrict access to distributed field components to designated computers used by authorized personnel at the control center and in the field. With NetAnchor CIS, an authorized user must be on an authorized device to access control system networks. <br /><br />NetAnchor CIS provides notification and location of unauthorized connection attempts to the NetAnchor CIS Virtual Private Network (VPN), as well as attempted physical connection attempts to a NetAnchor CIS field security appliance. </p><p>NetAnchor CIS also shields control systems against malicious code threats, ensuring against network vulnerabilities and allowing centralized field security monitoring.<br /><br />Key NetAnchor CIS capabilities include:<br /></p><ul><li>Protection of SCADA systems and field controls from the effects of cyber attack.</li><li>Unprecedented hack-resistance significantly improves upon traditional router, switch and firewall security.</li><li>Uncompromising security on any infrastructure including communication open standards such as Ethernet, wireless and the public Internet.</li><li>Field access control prohibiting network access from breached field substations or other network access points.</li><li>Cross-platform compatibility with any and all operating systems and field-control hardware.</li><li>Notification and location of unauthorized NetAnchor VPN connection attempts.</li><li>Extraordinarily low impact on network performance.</li></ul><p><br />According to analysts, as SCADA networks become increasingly interconnected both with each other and with enterprise information technology infrastructures, the risks of unauthorized access to and manipulation of these systems become unacceptably high. </p><p>Because these networks are frequently central to critical infrastructure systems, such as electricity distribution, oil and gas production and transportation systems, federal regulators have begun mandating cybersecurity requirements for them. <br /><br />For example, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has mandated eight critical infrastructure protection (CIP) standards for electricity distributors.<br /><br />"NetAnchor CIS is a critical component of a defense-in-depth strategy to protect SCADA networks from the threat of attack," said Jim White, vice president of sales and business development at Uniloc. "NetAnchor CIS protects the ICS with device-based identity management proven to defend public infrastructures from threats to these critical networks."<br /><br />NetAnchor CIS is available in limited release and is scheduled for general availability early in quarter three of 2008.<br /></p>

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