TEL AVIV, Israel, January 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
Radiflow, one of a select group of companies capable of monitoring malicious activity and enforcing security protocols in Operational Technology (OT) networks, today introduced a new Smart Agent for centralized Industrial Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSs).
By sending compressed, filtered industrial information to a centrally-installed IDS, the Smart Agent overcomes the innate problem of network overloading usually associated with using a centralized IDS for protecting multiple ICS-based sites.
As attacks on critical infrastructure have become commonplace (evidence linking Russia to an attack on a Vermont, U.S.-based utility has just recently emerged), the imperative to cyber-secure ICSs in order to assure the integrity of ICS processes has gained wide acceptance. However, while high-impact, large infrastructure facilities, such as nuclear power plants, are adequately protected, distributed sites are usually overlooked and are left open to attacks, making them the weakest link in the entire network.
Radiflow's patent-pending Smart Agent enables companies in a wide range of industries-power generation, oil and gas, water treatment, manufacturing, hospitals and other-to secure their distributed assets.
The Smart Agent, a plug-and-play product, overcomes one of the major challenges in implementing centralized IDS: network overloading, caused by the vast amounts of data sent from distributed sites for analysis.
To do so, a Smart Agent at each remote site receives a copy of all network traffic at the site. The network traffic is compressed and filtered locally using an advanced algorithm (patent pending) developed by Radiflow. The compressed data from multiple remote sites is in turn sent to a central industrial IDS for analysis.
As a large number of Smart Agents at multiple remote sites can be used in parallel, infrastructures are able to implement a single central IDS to protect the entire ICS network, rather than an IDS at each remote site. This provides a huge advantage for operators of distributed ICS-based operations with multiple remote sites.
- Patent pending algorithms to filter and compress data traffic
- Support for Ethernet and Serial interfaces
- No risk of disruption to the ICS network
- Easy deployment within remote sites
- Ruggedized hardware, compliant to harsh environment