Safeguarding the U.S. SCADA Systems from Hackers

Posted by Paul Galeski on May 2, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

New Partnership Aims to Develop a Solution to Combat National Cybersecurity Threats

 

Yesterday we announced a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Logos Technologies and Global Velocity to develop a solution set to protect U.S. national infrastructure from potential cyber-attacks.

mav blogSupervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems remotely monitor and control industrial processes at nuclear plants, sewage treatment facilities and other critical sites. However, most SCADA systems were designed before the emergence of network threats, leaving this infrastructure most vulnerable to intrusion.

Our SCADA systems are no longer simple structures with simple components. Any catastrophic loss of data, servers and network infrastructure would have a huge impact on the public sector. So we see a government interest in SCADA defense solutions.

The new JDA will pool the expertise of the three partnering companies in cyber security, industrial controls and complex systems integration to develop a Cyber Sensor Integration (CSI) solution to secure SCADA systems.

CSI–SCADA is a comprehensive software solution that will employ innovative techniques, continuous expert support and an understanding of attacker profiles to defeat a threat before it takes shape.

Most facilities using SCADA systems are privately owned. However, given the millions of Americans they service, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been actively monitoring software vulnerabilities, providing guidance and issuing warnings to the industry.

The public, private and non-profit sectors, including every level of government, all have an important role to play in preventing cyber-attacks, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.

To learn more about industrial control system cyber security and the JDA with Logos Technologies and Global Velocity, visit mavtechglobal.com.

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