SOURCE: Industrial Defender

Industrial Defender

June 23, 2010 08:30 ET

Industrial Defender Introduces Host Intrusion Protection System for Industrial Automation System Environments

Host Application Whitelisting Solution Locks Out Malware Attacks and Unauthorized Software Without the Overhead of Traditional Anti-Virus Solutions

FOXBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) -  Industrial Defender, Inc., the global leader in Automation System Security Management, today announced the introduction of its Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS), an application whitelisting-based security solution that prevents malware attacks and non-trusted software modifications on control system servers and end-point devices. Industrial Defender's HIPS is specifically designed for industrial control system environments where it is critical to avoid the high overhead of software scanning operations common with traditional anti-virus technologies, as well as the administrative overhead of frequent software and anti-virus signature patch updates.

"Many system administrators consider their mission-critical automation systems relatively secure, having deployed firewalls as well as changed the default system passwords," said Ryan Elbert, P.E.*, Engineering Manager at Black and Veatch, a leading industry consulting firm. "In reality, sophisticated and persistent threats will eventually penetrate firewalls, and actions of employees and/or contractors almost inevitably introduce malware and unauthorized software to automation systems. Application whitelisting solutions like Industrial Defender's HIPS provide a highly effective defense against such threats, especially in critical and legacy automation system environments."

As a whitelisting-based solution, the Host Intrusion Prevention System permits only a predetermined list of authorized applications to launch on each automation system computer. By ensuring that only approved, trusted applications can execute, HIPS automatically blocks all unauthorized applications, including unknown malware and rogue applications installed by users.

"HIPS is based on patented, award-winning application whitelisting technology from CoreTrace® that is tightly integrated and managed within Industrial Defender's suite of Defense-in-Depth™ and compliance automation products, and supported with our professional services including host scrubbing, product deployment, whitelist initialization, and periodic system audits and refreshes," said Walt Sikora, Industrial Defender's VP of Security Solutions. "The integration of HIPS into a complete automation security management solution assures safe, secure system implementations while minimizing the long-term cost of ownership."

HIPS is available immediately. For additional product data and information on Industrial Defender's integrated technology solutions go to

Industrial Defender, Inc.

Industrial Defender, the global leader in Automation System Security Management, provides a suite of integrated products and services dedicated to assuring the availability, reliability and security of critical infrastructure. Primary areas of focus include Defense-in-Depth™ security technology integration and Compliance Sustainability via security process automation. In business more than 18 years, and with more than 7 years of dedicated cyber security experience, Industrial Defender has completed more than 100 process control/SCADA cyber security assessments, more than 10,000 global technology deployments securing critical infrastructure systems, more than 3,000 mission critical SCADA deployments and provides managed security services for 170 process control plants in 21 countries. Privately held, the company is headquartered in Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA.

Contact Information

  • Contact Information

    Philip Hawthorne, VP Marketing
    Industrial Defender, Inc.
    Phone: 508-718-6705
    Fax: 508-718-6701
    Email: Email Contact
    16 Chestnut Street, Suite 300
    Foxborough, MA 02035

    Ryan Elbert, P.E.*
    Black & Veatch Corporation
    Phone: 913-458-7043
    FAX: 913-458-7043
    Email: Email Contact

    * Licensed in Minnesota, Missouri, and Nevada