Kaspersky Launches Industrial CyberSecurity Solution

Mar

21

2017

to Enhance Protection of Power Grid Infrastructure Worldwide

Solution is a set of advanced technical methods designed specifically for energy companies
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Kaspersky Lab has announced the availability of its new Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity solution for power grids around the world, a set of advanced technology designed specifically for energy companies and manufactured on the basis of Kaspersky Lab’s industrial infrastructure protection solutions portfolio .

The Russian security solutions giant pointed out that modern power grids are very complex networks that perform integrated functions in terms of automation and control. However, as these networks communicate with each other through open protocols, they did not have enough integrated e-security features to repel Groups of security threats facing them, which are constantly evolving.

A recent Kaspersky Lab report on industrial electronic security has shown that 92 percent of ICS devices that are available externally use open, unsecured protocols for Internet access. Since 2010, the number of security vulnerabilities in ICS has increased tenfold, making these devices an easy and tempting target for cybercriminals.

The challenge for energy companies is clear, confirmed by Ernst & Young’s latest global security survey, which revealed that 42% of energy and consumer services companies have confirmed it is unlikely they will be able to detect any sophisticated attack.

The Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity solution for power networks KICS is designed to help energy companies secure every layer of industrial infrastructure without compromising business continuity and consistency of technical processes, Kaspersky Lab said.

The new company provides protection for SCADA control centers and substation automation systems at all levels: top level automation, including servers, HMI, gates, engineering workstations, and provides sequential protection for secondary automation equipment, , Merging units, RTU and other substations, IEDs and general network infrastructure.

The solution also provides a variety of advanced technologies for the protection of industrial nodes (including servers, HMI, portals and engineering workstations) and network infrastructure. This solution also provides network monitoring and verification of its integrity and ability to inspect in-depth application protocol (including IEC 60870) 5-104, IEC 61850 and other standards and protocols for electrical power infrastructure).

“The automation, monitoring and protection of electrical power equipment is no longer conducted through closed systems,” said Andrey Suvorov, head of infrastructure development for Kaspersky Lab’s vital infrastructure protection business. The experience shows that detecting a potential threat is very difficult, both technically and “This is why energy companies need to strengthen their defenses to combat increasingly widespread cyber attacks and to avoid their scenario of facing the nightmare of full loss of service and the impact that this will have on citizens and society at large,” he added.

“As a leading electrical network operator in Russia, it is important for our company to ensure that operations are not interrupted, including the resulting interruptions,” commented Alexander Golubiev, chief information security officer for the Northwest Federal Electricity Distribution Network. On cyber attacks on our IT infrastructure. Many of our subsidiaries use Kaspersky Lab’s long-term solutions, enabling companies to effectively detect and block all types of e-security threats in a timely manner. As a result of this positive experience, we are considering the option of extending cooperation to the field of industrial security as well. The implementation of Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity testing on power grids at one of our substations is the first significant step towards this collaboration. “

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