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The challenge

PCNs are connected to and converge with business IT networks. The strict physical separation between both systems is a thing of the past. Operational efficiency drives the increasing use of commercial hardware and software solutions in PCNs. Therefore, our critical energy infrastructure is increasingly exposed to various cyber threats – from well-known exploits to sophisticated attack methods.

The solution

Adequate security levels can be achieved through the deployment of effective internal security systems within business and control networks. Conventional firewalls and their security strategies protect the corporate perimeter towards the Internet, acting as a first line of defense. The Specialized Line firewalls from Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity additionally separate networks based on a zoned IT security concept that keeps applications, users and data where they belong – providing an effective second line of defense.

A major strength of the Specialized Line is the ability to process and filter industry-specific protocols, such as the IEC-60870-5-104 protocol that is used by smart grid PCNs.

The delivery

To learn more about getting a a hack-safe smart grid infrastructure, just get in touch with us via the contact form. Also check out our infrastructure security whitepaper.