Waterfall Security Solutions recently announced it has been recognized with the 2012 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Entrepreneurial Company of the Year. The company is a prominent source of Unidirectional Security Gateways and data diodes for control networks, SCADA systems, remote monitoring systems and segregated networks.
Waterfall Security has been recognized for its line of network security solutions, including hardware-enforced Unidirectional Security Gateway offering that ensure safe flow of information between industrial networks without introducing network connectivity risks to those networks.
"The network is the most vulnerable point of attack and therefore requires immediate attention in an inter-connected control system, and Waterfall's Unidirectional Gateways ensure optimum security for networks across user verticals in a more reliable and effective way than other technologies, such as two-way conventional firewalls and solutions offered by competing vendors," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sonia Francisco. "In fact, Waterfall's pioneering solutions have the potential to be the industry's next game-changing standard by enabling a pathway toward proactive – rather than reactive – solutions and technologies."
Waterfall’s Unidirectional Security Gateways include inherent integration with customer’s existing infrastructure, such as OSIsoft PI, GE Proficy iHistorian, OPC, Modbus, DNP3 and numerous other SCADA and industrial applications and protocols. These enable online data transmission: information, alerts, files, video streams, etc, from one network to the other, in a unidirectional mode only. No data, of any type or sort, can pass backwards.
"The sophistication of Waterfall solution makes it one of the must-haves among its users; its simplicity helps efficiently save time and expense, and industrial vendor partnerships provide control system owners and operators with peace of mind," added Francisco. "In fact, the entire North American nuclear generation industry has decided to use unidirectional devices, and the clear majority of those sites have selected Waterfall Unidirectional Gateways."