Safety products: Cybersecurity ensures secure utility communications

Utility safety: RAD introduces ruggedized, secure gateway for distribution automation, smart grid backhaul.

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Network security: RAD is expanding its Service Assured Networking solutions with the launch of the SecFlow-1, a ruggedized SCADA-aware gateway/router whose security-by-design delivers the highest level of cyber security for critical infrastructure communication applications.

SecFlow-1 enables reliable communications over public and private wireless and wireline infrastructure at a competitive price. It provides resilient cyber security controls that address the needs and vulnerabilities of power, water, oil, and gas utilities.

The IEC 61850-3 certified SecFlow-1 combines networking functionalities and critical-asset protection to bring SCADA, Ethernet, and IP services securely to distribution automation and secondary substations. The device employs advanced deep packet inspection, encryption and a distributed service-aware firewall to secure and monitor all operational technology applications.

SecFlow-1 ensures that protocol commands between remote terminal units, control stations, and machine-to-machine or human-machine interfaces are verified for authenticity and validity. It boosts the NERC CIP compliance level of the power utility’s bulk electric system (BES).

Given its small size, SecFlow-1 is ideal for deployment at sites with limited space and at isolated locations where only low voltage is available. SecFlow-1 is also appropriate for smart metering and backhauling and supports multiple backhaul options, including LTE and HSPA+ standard, for maximum flexibility. Moreover, SecFlow-1 is cost-optimized and built to yield a long service life.

SecFlow-1 already has been selected by leading power utilities and energy producers from Asia to Latin America. In India, for example, Cairn Energy, one of that country¹s largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies, already has deployed SecFlow-1 with great success.

“Critical infrastructure networks have unique security demands that require both inventiveness and expertise in the type of applications and services that they run,” notes Ulik Broida, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at RAD. “This is precisely why we implemented a defense-in-depth approach in designing SecFlow-1 and equipped it with an all-threat protection toolkit,” he adds. “In this way, SecFlow-1 also provides crucial support for power utilities as they seek to obtain NERC CIP compliance for their BES.”

About RAD
RAD is a leader in communications solutions for power utilities and other segments of the energy industry. Our Service Assured Networking solutions include best-of-breed tools for cyber security and mission-critical communications, as well as for seamless migration to modern packet switched networks and applications. RAD provides field-proven and performance-guaranteed solutions for hybrid TDM and packet- based substation connectivity, operational networks, distance and differential protection communications, secure IEC 61850-3 substation networking, and distribution automation and smart meter backhaul. Founded in 1981, RAD has an installed base of more than 13 million units. RAD is a member of the $1.2 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in communications solutions.

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