SOURCE: Veracity Industrial Networks, Inc.

Veracity Industrial Networks, Inc.

July 20, 2017 05:30 ET

Veracity Industrial Networks Delivers New SDN-based Network Infrastructure to the U. S. Department of Energy

Milestone is part of DOE's "Chess Master" Cybersecurity Initiative

ALISO VIEJO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 20, 2017) - Veracity Industrial Networks, a leading developer of Industrial SDN-based technology for operational networks, today announced they have completed the first phase of delivery to the United States Department of Energy on their "Chess Master" project to ensure ICS network cybersecurity. 

"We are very proud to make our first delivery of technology to the DOE on this all-important project," said Veracity CEO, Paul Myer. "Veracity is making significant progress in developing an OT Network platform that will strengthen cybersecurity of industrial networks with centralized visibility and control."

Recently, a dangerous piece of malware, alternately named "Industroyer" or "Crash Override," purpose-built to disrupt physical systems was discovered in the wild. This malware was used on an electric transmission station north of the city of Kiev, blacking out a portion of the Ukrainian capital. Veracity is working closely with the DOE to safeguard U. S. systems against such attacks.

The Chess Master project was designed to research, develop, test, and commercialize a security validation and policy enforcement application that connects into a flow controller that manages all field networks centrally. Veracity is working with partners Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Ameren Corporation and Sempra Energy to bring these capabilities to today's industrial networks.

Chess Master was preceded by "Watchdog," a project focused on using industrial SDN networks for cybersecurity, in which the DOE concluded, "This project has forever changed the way critical infrastructure networks are designed, secured, deployed and maintained. The cybersecurity and performance advantages achieved are significant, simply put traditional networking has been obsoleted.1"

At the recent Grid Modernization Initiative Peer Review, leadership from DOE's Western Area Power Administration spoke about the importance of ensuring the continued safe and reliable operation of the electric power grid. WAPA Senior VP and Sierra Nevada Regional Manager Subhash Paluru said, "The emergence of new technologies create cyber and other physical-security related issues. We all need to continue to be forward looking, evolving our services to meet the changes the future will bring to our industry. By sustaining the partnership between industry and government represented here today, we can continue to collaboratively power the energy frontier."

"Veracity now has the industry's first SDN-based industrial network management and security platform," added Myer. "This is the foundation needed to implement true security and gain visibility into the illusive OT/ICS Network and is likely the future of networking for power related installations."

Veracity has developed a DOE/Chess Master resources page at www.veracity.io/doe where there is additional information on the history of the project and DOE's original design, as well as other related content.

About Veracity Industrial Networks

Veracity delivers a resilient, secure industrial network that provides an on-premises, centralized configuration, control, and monitoring solution that tracks all connected devices and their communications. The Veracity platform is a secure-by-default network that moves beyond the detection and alerting of cyber events into a resilient network that reduces the attack surface by design. 

The Veracity Industrial SDN network massively reduces the complexity of the network by repurposing the switch infrastructure to ensure communication between devices is determined by the system's design. Veracity provides an innovative and comprehensive platform for critical networks that enables your business mission. For more information, visit www.veracity.io.

1. Watchdog Project Final Technical Report, December 30, 2016 https://www.osti.gov/scitech/servlets/purl/1356326

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