Invensys Solution Advances Industrial Cyber Security


May 06, 2010

Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the process and manufacturing industries, has teamed with Byres Security Inc. and MTL Instruments to deliver a cyber security solution. The new Triconex Tofino Firewall for OPC is said to harden industrial safety systems against network accidents and attacks. It is the first firewall that protects integrated applications based on OPC Classic, the world's most widely used industrial integration protocol, according to Byres Security.

To enable greater interoperability of its Triconex safety systems, Invensys pioneered embedding OPC servers within its Tricon communications module (TCM). To ensure that these modules were cyber secure, Invensys teamed with Byres Security, who had recently introduced its content inspection firewall for the Modbus TCP protocol as part of Byres Security's Tofino product line, to create a firewall specifically for Triconex systems. The two companies then enlisted the services of MTL Instruments to build the security hardware. The result is the Triconex Tofino Firewall for OPC, which is now available for Invensys customers using the Triconex TCM with the embedded OPC solution.

"Processors and manufacturers are continuously threatened by new and increasingly dangerous cyber attacks, which requires greater vigilance and security," says Joe Scalia, portfolio architect, Invensys Operations Management. "The Triconex Tofino Firewall for OPC mitigates those risks by managing the traffic to and from the Triconex TCM, providing further assurance that a cyber incursion will not compromise integrated communications between the safety and critical control systems and supervisory HMI or distributed control systems. By tapping into the Invensys Operations Management ecosystem of partners and collaborating with the renowned experts from Byres Security and MTL, we co-innovated to resolve a crucial client challenge and help them achieve safety excellence."

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