Waterfall Security Solutions Rolls Out Unidirectional Integrations
Sep 17, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Waterfall Security Solutions, a provider of firewall security for critical infrastructure and industrial control systems, announced four new integrations for its Unidirectional Security Gateway solution.
According to a release, enabling secure control system integration with the heart of corporate data management solutions, Waterfall's Unidirectional Security Gateways now support Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL databases, as well as the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to streamline secure IT and operations systems integration.
The company noted that the new replications allow for part or all of the real-time data from industrial control systems to be made available on corporate networks. The hardware-enforced Unidirectional Security Gateways replicate servers from industrial networks to corporate networks to provide corporate users and applications with access to real-time data while eliminating the risk that a cyber-attack could breach the safety or reliability of the critical control systems from which are the source of the data.
"Waterfall has the broadest suite of off-the-shelf, hardware-enforced unidirectional integrations," says Lior Frenkel, founder and CEO of Waterfall. "These new capabilities extend our lead over the competition, and demonstrate to our customers the flexibility our solutions offer to protect their control systems from cyber-attacks, while still retaining access to critical industrial data."
Additionally, increased centralization of plant engineering functions and increased integration of plant control systems with corporate IT infrastructures are examples of trends which are driving increased connectivity of control system networks with corporate networks. Continued increases in the sophistication of cyber-attacks though, underscore the steadily-increasing need to protect the safe operation of large physical assets.
"Relational databases and SAP systems are the very foundation of data integration in enterprise networks" adds Andrew Ginter, Waterfall's VP of Industrial Security. "The new replications allow Waterfall's solutions to populate these foundational corporate data repositories directly from control system networks, without the use of additional middleware or data movement steps. And as is the case with all of Waterfall's Unidirectional Security Gateway products, no online attack can pass back through the unidirectional hardware to put plant safety or reliability at risk."
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