Ruggedized Secure-by-Design Gateway for Smart Grid BackhaulJune 07, 2015 by Jeff Shepard
RAD has announced that it is expanding its Service Assured Networking solutions with the launch of the SecFlow-1, a ruggedized SCADA-aware gateway/router whose security-by-design delivers the highest level of cyber security for critical infrastructure communication applications. SecFlow-1 enables reliable communications over public and private wireless and wireline infrastructure at a competitive price. SecFlow-1, like all of RAD's other SAN solutions, boosts the NERC-CIP compliance level of the power utility's bulk electric system (BES).
SecFlow-1 provides resilient cyber security controls that address the needs and vulnerabilities of power, water, oil, and gas utilities. The IEC 61850-3 certified SecFlow-1 combines networking functionalities and critical-asset protection to bring SCADA, Ethernet and IP services securely to distribution automation and secondary substations. The device employs advanced deep packet inspection, encryption and a distributed service-aware firewall to secure and monitor all operational technology applications. SecFlow-1 ensures that protocol commands between remote terminal units, control stations, machine-to-machine or human-machine interfaces are verified for authenticity and validity.
Given its small size, SecFlow-1 is suited for deployment at sites with limited space and at isolated locations where only low voltage is available. SecFlow-1 is also appropriate for smart metering and backhauling and supports multiple backhaul options, including LTE and HSPA+ standard, for maximum flexibility. Moreover, SecFlow-1 is cost-optimized and built to yield a long service life.
SecFlow-1 already has been selected by leading power utilities and energy producers from Asia to Latin America. In India, for example, Cairn Energy, one of that countryâ€™s largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies, already has deployed SecFlow-1 with great success.
â€œCritical infrastructure networks have unique security demands that require both inventiveness and expertise in the type of applications and services that they run,â€ notes Ulik Broida, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at RAD. â€œThis is precisely why we implemented a defense-in-depth approach in designing SecFlow-1 and equipped it with an all-threat protection toolkit,â€ he adds. â€œIn this way, SecFlow-1 also provides crucial support for power utilities as they seek to obtain NERC CIP compliance for their BES.â€