Protecting the security of SCADA networks and process management systems is critical for utility organisations. The U.S. Department of Energy states that "actions are required by all organisations, government or commercial, to secure their SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) networks as part of the effort to adequately protect the nation's critical infrastructure." In fact, online threats to SCADA systems security may pose as much risk for potentially significant failure within a power generation system as a physical attack.
IBM Security Services offers a comprehensive approach to SCADA security. Experienced SCADA security consultants assess and analyse the vulnerabilities of your SCADA systems. Then, gap assessment and remediation work can be performed, including the deployment of industry-leading preemptive security technologies that can protect your SCADA networks.
As one of the world leaders in online security solutions, IBM Security Services has demonstrated success helping utility organisations secure their SCADA networks and process management systems.
IBM Security Services SCADA security solutions include three main components:
SCADA security assessment services
The first step to securing SCADA systems is a comprehensive assessment including:
Intrusion prevention systems
Networked SCADA systems are vulnerable to the same threats as the standard operating systems and network infrastructure on which they rely. IBM Proventia Network Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) is designed to provide out-of-the-box protection for more than 1,000 high-risk and critical vulnerabilities or attacks.
IBM managed security services
SCADA systems could be prone to attack at any time. IBM managed security services offer comprehensive outsourced solutions for real-time security management, including system monitoring, emergency response and 24x7x365 protection. This includes the IBM Security Services X-Force® Threat Analysis Service, which provides a security intelligence service that delivers customised information about a wide array of threats that could affect your network security.
IBM Security Services' SCADA security solutions help to prevent disruption of service, process redirection, and manipulation of operational data that could result in serious disruption to the nation's critical infrastructure.