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Rugged gateway secures against advanced cyber-threats

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New, hardened 1570R security gateway prevents attacks on ICS and SCADA systems in utilities, oil & gas, and ‘Industry 4.0’ manufacturing facilities, and expands to support smart grids and smart cities

Securing today’s critical infrastructure, ICS and SCADA systems against cyber-attacks is more challenging than ever before as they are connected to complex, distributed networks and smart IoT devices using specialised protocols.

IBM’s 2020 Threat Intelligence Index showed that targeted attacks against ICS and SCADA assets increased over 2,000% in 2019, often involving nation-states or using ransomware to damage operations. The SANS 2019 State of OT/ICS cybersecurity survey showed that 61% of incidents disrupted operational technology (OT). This expanded attack surface, the move to Industry 4.0 automation, and the rapid shift to remote working enforced by Covid-19 lockdowns, demands the most advanced, comprehensive security to stop threats propagating from employees’ laptops and mobiles to infect OT systems.

Check Point Software Technologies has introduced a new rugged security gateway to protect networks in critical infrastructure, Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and SCADA systems against all types of advanced Gen V cyber-threats.  The 1570R features threat prevention security technology, ease of deployment and control, and reliability to the most demanding industrial settings such as power plants, automated factories and maritime fleets.

“During the Covid-19 pandemic, attacks have increased against the OT networks and ICS/SCADA systems that manage critical infrastructure for energy, manufacturing, transportation and utilities. The disruption these attacks caused has made security a higher priority – but it must also be easy for organisations to deploy, with automated protection that does not impact day-to-day operations,” said Robyn Westervelt, IDC’s Research Director, Security & Trust.

The new 1570R Gateway delivers:

  • 400 Mbps of threat prevention performance with over 60 security services to stop even zero-day attacks from disrupting operations. It enforces complete segmentation between IT and OT networks, and gives granular control across the OT environment.
  • It identifies and secures over 1,500 leading SCADA and ICS protocols and commands used in the utility and energy sectors, manufacturing, building management systems and IoT devices. The 1570R flexibly supports wired, Wi-Fi or LTE modem network connections, enabling easy, flexible security for smart city applications (smart parking meters, bus stops, smart lighting, environmental sensors) and smart grids (smart meters, substation automation).
  • The 1570R’s solid-state form factor enables an extreme operational range from -40C to +75C.  It is certified to the most stringent specifications (IEEE 1613 and IEC 61850-3) for heat, vibration and immunity to electromagnetic interference.

“Targeted attacks against critical infrastructure and ICS increased by 20X during 2019 and have spiked again this year during the Covid-19 lockdowns, as hackers look to exploit remote-working vulnerabilities.

The ‘Industry 4.0’ revolution is already well advanced, and will be further accelerated in response to the pandemic, so it is vital that we protect these infrastructures, from the shop floor and field to the cloud,” said Aviv Abramovich, head of security services management at Check Point. “The 1570R gateway is optimised to deliver and automate that protection in the harshest industrial environments and remote locations, to prevent even advanced attacks from causing disruption and damage.”The new 1570R replaces the 1200R rugged gateway.  Full details are available on https://www.checkpoint.com/products/industrial-control-systems-appliances/

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