Thursday, January 22, 2015

Schneider Electric Accredits Waterfall’s Unidirectional Security Gateways as “Technology Approved”

Last June, Waterfall Security was welcomed into the Schneider Electric Collaborative Automation Partner Program (CAPP) to bring our stronger-than-firewalls Unidirectional Security Gateways to Schneider Electric customers in nearly 200 countries to ensure the safety and reliability of control system networks. Since joining the program, we have expanded our suite of hardware-enforced security solutions to include Waterfall for ClearSCADA, which securely integrates Schneider Electric ClearSCADA systems and corporate networks, with additional solutions under development. And now, Waterfall’s Unidirectional Security Gateways have passed the vigorous testing of the Schneider Electric interoperability labs to be accredited as “technology approved.”

Schneider Electric is embracing evolving best practices in critical infrastructure cybersecurity to offer customers sophisticated, hardware-enforced protections to ensure the safety and reliability of critical control systems. Accrediting Unidirectional Security Gateways as technology approved gives Schneider Electric customers additional options to strengthen their defense-in-depth cybersecurity programs. Waterfall technologies, such as the award-winning FLIP™, are compatible with Schneider Electric solutions, and facilitate the safe and secure integration of IT and OT networks while protecting critical systems from attacks ranging from garden-variety malware to the most sophisticated targeted attacks.

Cyberattacks against critical infrastructure are a very real threat. Just last month it was disclosed that a German steel plant suffered a cyberattack, resulting in massive physical damage to a blast furnace. This incident exemplifies the dangers of connecting vulnerable OT networks to the Internet – either directly or indirectly – and so opening a door for hackers to compromise critical systems. While the demands of modern day business operations calls for network integration to enable real-time insight into control system networks, this integration must be done with worker and citizen safety in mind.

Schneider Electric’s commitment to best-in-class cybersecurity solutions speaks volumes to their dedication to customers. We have great expectations for strengthening our partnership with Schneider Electric, and furthering our mutual goals of improving the cybersecurity posture of critical infrastructure sites across many industries.      

Want to learn more about our partnership with Schneider Electric? Check out Waterfall CEO and co-founder Lior Frenkel’s guest post on the Schneider electric blog.    

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