Safety products: Cyber security solution for utility operational networks

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Safety equipment: RAD and Check Point Software Technologies have joined forces to offer an end-to-end cyber security solution that protects utility operational technology networks by eliminating RTU and SCADA equipment vulnerabilities and defending against cyber-attacks on the network’s control and data planes.

“Cyber threats to critical infrastructure have become a matter of national security,” notes Ulik Broida, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at RAD. “RAD and Check Point have harnessed their considerable expertise to deliver a joint cyber security solution that provides the ultimate protection for power utility networks.”

The solution, part of the RAD Service Assured Networking portfolio, integrates Check Point’s ICS Security Gateway with RAD’s secure-by-design networking platforms. It securely manages all electronic access to the substation’s electronic security perimeter and protects the cyber assets within it from external and internal attacks, including ‘man-in-the-middle’ attempts, session hijacking, source-spoofing and distributed denial of service (DDoS) assaults.

The joint solution fits networks built using RAD’s networking platforms or as an overlay add-on for existing networks.

Power utilities are provided a full suite of multi-tiered cyber security defenses, including encryption, authentication, intrusion prevention, anomaly detection and integrity verification, among other tools. The solution enables power utilities to comply with new requirements issued by the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP).

“Check Point’s ICS/SCADA cyber security solutions provide advanced threat prevention and comprehensive protocol support to ensure that vital assets such as power generation facilities, traffic control systems, water treatment systems and factories are never compromised,” said Alon Kantor, vice president of business development, Check Point. “Our partnership with RAD adds a new way to deliver these advanced capabilities to our customers.”

About RAD
RAD is a leader in secure communications solutions for the critical infrastructure of power utilities and other segments of the energy industry. Our Service Assured Networking solutions include best-of-breed tools for cyber security and mission-critical communications, as well as for seamless migration to modern packet switched networks and applications. RAD provides field-proven cyber-secure solutions for operational WAN, ruggedized substation LAN, automation backhaul, Teleprotection, wireless PTP/PTMP, and broadband mobility. Founded in 1981, RAD has an installed base of more than 13 million units and is a member of the $1.25 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in communications solutions.

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