From the Security Experts

February 05, 2010

Waterfall Receives U.S. Patent for SCADA Industrial Network Security Technology

By SIP Trunking Report Contributor

Waterfall Security Solutions Ltd., a provider of unidirectional security gateways, SCADA systems reportedly announced that it has been granted with United States patent No. 7,649,452 for its SCADA industrial network security technology.

SCADA or ‘supervisory control and data acquisition’ is an industrial control system that encompasses a computer system for monitoring and controlling a process.
According to Waterfall Security Solutions, its products have been deployed in many critical National infrastructures, homeland security agencies and mission critical environments in different continents.
The company’s unidirectional security gateways include inherent integration with customer’s existing infrastructure, such as SCADA and industrial applications and protocols.
Effective from Jan. 19, the patent entitled "Protection of control networks using a one-way link" strengthens the company's intellectual property regarding its technology and solutions for the critical infrastructure and utilities' markets.
"We are expanding our installed-base in North America and are providing more power plants, substations, pipelines, and other critical industrial networks, the ability to securely connect to external networks." Lior Frenkel, co-Founder and CEO of Waterfall Security Solutions, said. "This patent, combined with other filed patents and intellectual property, allows us to provide our customers with the ultimate security solution."
The company’s One-Way SCADA protocol is utilized as a unidirectional gateway that facilitates extraction and export of messages, data and information from within industrial networks to external networks. This facilitates in the reuse of HMI displays and reporting services, within external or public networks, without the risk of command and control, Waterfall said.
The company offers security solutions for many industrial applications such as the OSIsoft PI Historian, GE Proficy Historian, the Siemens WinTS and the GE OSM remote monitoring platforms.
Furthermore, Waterfall's cyber security solutions facilitate utilities and critical infrastructures to easily and comfortably attain compliance with regulations such as NERC-CIP, NRC, NIST and more.
Waterfall’s customer base incorporates power generation plants, oil and gas companies, T&D’s, refineries, and other utilities and industrial facilities.

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney