SOURCE: Secure Computing

October 13, 2008 09:00 ET

Secure Computing Supplies Important SCADA-Specific Security Signatures; Provides Industry-Leading Protection for Critical Infrastructure Networks

Secure Firewall Supplies Strongest Firewall on the Market to Ensure That SCADA Control Networks Are Fully Protected

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading enterprise gateway security company, today announced it is incorporating three new signature file types for SCADA-specific protocols into its industry-leading Secure Firewall (formerly known as Sidewinder) product. SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems are used by energy, water, oil/gas, and chemical companies to control critical network components. Integration of these SCADA signatures is part of Secure Computing's continued focus on protecting critical infrastructure to ensure that control networks are fully protected, and comes in the middle of Secure Computing's Cyber Security Initiative and NCSA's Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Secure Firewall is the world's strongest security for standard protocols used over typical IT networks, and now protects critical networks from every type of attack, even those targeting SCADA networks. Secure Firewall provides custom security measures that understand and control SCADA-specific protocols.

"Critical infrastructure is under intense scrutiny by regulators and hackers alike. Securing these networks is a national imperative, not an option," said Elan Winkler, director of Critical Infrastructure Solutions for Secure Computing. "Unfortunately, most security devices aren't designed to meet the special needs of control networks. They cannot filter SCADA-specific protocols to prevent attacks against these critical infrastructure networks. Secure Firewall, however, is a perfect combination of the strongest firewall on the market along with the custom protocol security that is a necessity for SCADA networks."

Here are the three new SCADA signature types being provided by Secure Firewall:

--  SCADA:ICCP: The Inter-Control Center Communications Protocol (ICCP or
    IEC 60870-6/TASE.2) is being specified by utility organizations throughout
    the world to provide data exchange over wide area networks (WANs) between
    utility control centers, utilities, power pools, regional control centers,
    and Non-Utility Generators.
    
--  SCADA:MODBUS: Modbus is a serial communications protocol for use with
    its programmable logic controllers (PLCs). It has become a de facto
    standard communications protocol in the industry, and is now the most
    commonly available means of connecting industrial electronic devices.
    
--  SCADA:DNP3.0: DNP3.0 (Distributed Network Protocol) is a set of
    communications protocols used between components in process automation
    systems. Its main use is in utilities such as electric and water companies.
    Specifically, it was developed to facilitate communication between various
    types of data acquisition and control equipment.
    

About Secure Firewall

The Secure Firewall appliance is a market-leading, next-generation firewall that delivers total security visibility for high value targets, ensuring the availability and protection of critical applications, networks and data. Global visibility of dynamic threats is the centerpiece of Secure Firewall and one of the key reasons for its superior ability to detect unknown threats along with the known. Secure Firewall delivers best-of-breed security, blocking viruses, worms, Trojans, intrusion attempts, spam and phishing tactics, cross-site scripting, SQL injections, denial of service (DoS), and attacks hiding in encrypted protocols. Secure Firewall kills the evasive blended attacks that other security products can't see. Secure Firewall CommandCenter™ provides simplified central management of any number of Secure Firewalls across multiple enterprises. Secure Firewall Reporter™ provides powerful, easy-to-use security event analysis and reporting. For more information: http://www.securecomputing.com/securefirewall

About Secure Computing

Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading provider of enterprise gateway security, delivers a comprehensive set of solutions that help customers protect their critical Web, email and network assets. Over half the Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 are part of our more than 22,000 global customers, supported by a worldwide network of more than 2,000 partners. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices worldwide. For more information, see http://www.securecomputing.com.

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