Increasing Situational Awareness and Multi-zone Protection of Industrial and Utility Infrastructure

Increasing Utility Security, Multi-zone Protection, and Awareness

The complexity and diversity of equipment used in factory automation and electric power delivery systems makes protecting against cyber attacks ever more difficult. Industrial and utility infrastructure comprises a diverse set of networks that cannot be effectively secured by simply “bolting on” technologies designed for ente...rprise IT. Aging assets, such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs), power meters and digital relays, predate the Internet revolution, and therefore are particularly vulnerable to attack and unable to report malicious activity up the chain. Hackers have grown more sophisticated and dangerous, increasing the need to improve the situational awareness of industrial IT and utility control centers, so they can more quickly detect and defuse zero-day attacks.

A comprehensive solution requires multiple products to create layers of security that operate together without introducing great complexity, degrading performance or impacting availability. This can be accomplished with Intel® vPro™ technology-based solutions and McAfee* software that deliver greater situational awareness, seamless multi-zone protection, native supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) support, and remote device management. The solution integrates a number of McAfee cyber-security products relevant in industrial automation and energy designed to protect embedded devices against malicious attacks. Moreover, device management is enhanced through the use of Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT), which enables network operators to gain full control of an attacked device regardless of its hardware or software state. Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT) provides a layer of separation between applications running on the processor, thus helping to keep rogue software from infiltrating safety-critical applications.

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