Recently, cyber attacks against nations or enterprises such as banks, insurance companies and stock exchanges have been increasing considerably. A software firewall either software-based or hardware-based is used to keep network secure.
Its main function is to control incoming and outgoing network traffic.
In order to provide effective and efficient protection across networks, Icon Labs, a provider of embedded networking and security technology, has announced the availability of the Floodgate Defender firewall appliance.
Floodgate Defender offers optimum security to SCADA networks, military equipment, critical infrastructure controllers and medical devices. The program can be deployed via the Internet and through the device.
It can be configured with communication policies customized for the device it is protecting as well.
Available for $995, Floodgate Defender checks attacks and enforces the policies with the target device. While providing a secure Web interface, Floodgate Defender offers stateful packet inspection (SPI) and rules-based filtering.
Alan Grau, president of Icon Labs, said in a statement, “Many legacy devices that make up the ‘Internet of Things’ were originally designed for use on closed networks and therefore contain little or no security. Even though they perform critical functions managing our power grid, factories, communication networks and hospitals, they are easy targets for cyber-criminals and cyber terrorism. Floodgate Defender provides a simple and effective solution to stop these attacks.”
Embedded devices have failed to maintain pace with the increasing number of attacks targeting them, making them easy targets for industrial espionage, hacktivists or even terrorist groups.
“These devices need the same level of security used to protect enterprise networks,” said Jared Weiner - Analyst, M2M Embedded Software & Tools, VDC Research. “Floodgate Defender provides these devices with a critical, missing layer of security.”