Owl Computing Technologies Deploys First Perimeter Defense Solution for Saudi Arabian Petrochemical Industry

Milestone improves cybersecurity practices for SABIC

Apr 11, 2014, 11:15 ET from Owl Computing Technologies, Inc.

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network security solutions provider, proudly announces the first implementation of the Owl Perimeter Defense Solution and its OPC Foundation Certified OPC Server Transfer Service application software in Saudi Arabia. This important installation successfully secures industrial control information previously at risk to cyber attacks.   

In August 2012, heavy industry locations in the Middle East suffered a serious cyber-attack that caused plants in the region to disconnect corporate and process control networks from their business networks for reduced security vulnerability. Saudi Arabia Fertilizer Company (SAFCO), an affiliate to Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), was no exception, and proceeded to isolate their plant network to minimize their risk exposure.

The isolation made it more difficult for SAFCO to safely and efficiently move process data from applications on the plant network to the business network. In response, Owl successfully installed a Perimeter Defense Solution (OPDS™) – a one-way data diode transfer solution – in December 2013 to support the secure transfer of industrial control information.

To handle industrial control protocols, the Owl OPC Server Transfer Service (OSTS™) application software was implemented. OSTS is OPC Foundation Certified to be compliant with OPC-DA and OPC-A&E. OSTS extracts data from selected OPC servers on the process control network transfers the data across the network boundary using DualDiode Technology® embedded in the OPDS. To complete the data transfer, OSTS interoperates efficiently with PI Historian, OSI OPC Connector, and ProcessBook software.

As a result of this implementation, the flow of data has been securely restored from the SAFCO plant network applications to the business network. Engineers and business management now have immediate access to both real-time and historical data that had been previously limited to physical access from within the plant perimeter, which had created operational inefficiencies.

This milestone installation enhances the cybersecurity best practices of SABIC and its affiliates, eliminating threats to network infrastructure and data.

For further information about cutting-edge Owl products please visit www.owlcti.com.

About Owl Computing Technologies, Inc.

Owl Computing Technologies is the leading source for next generation network security. Owl's DualDiode Technology®, a proprietary data diode, has been successfully deployed in over 1500 solutions across government, military and critical infrastructure networks. Owl's hardware-enforced technology enables secure, reliable and robust information sharing for all files sizes and data types.


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