EtherWatch invisibly protects industrial control systems

EtherWatch invisibly protects industrial control systems

Ultra Electronics, 3eTI announced EtherWatch, a flexible, intelligent cybersecurity appliance that helps protect critical infrastructure from both internal and external cyberattacks.

EtherWatch has a built-in application-layer SCADA firewall, and it can be placed anywhere in the network to selectively and invisibly protect one or several network endpoints, where it can monitor traffic and issue alerts in the event of anomalous, malicious or dangerous activity the company said in its announcement

EtherWatch provides configurable firewall functionality along with deep-packet inspection to create a SCADA firewall that can control communications over the network. It supports both protocol-specific rule sets and user-definable rules of arbitrary complexity. Easy-to-use wizards help create application-level rules for typical industrial protocols, and built-in monitoring and learning capabilities let users create commands specific to unique deployments.

For added operational efficiency, EtherWatch can be remotely managed through the network over an encrypted channel or through a dedicated management port, according to 3eTI. EtherWatch reports unauthorized activity over a separate management port, preventing attackers from discovering that they have triggered an alarm. 

Ultra Electronics, 3eTI, is a provider of certified solutions that protect and connect critical systems using military-grade security for defense, government, utilities and industrial markets.

"3eTI's EtherWatch appliance extends security to industrial automation endpoints without alerting intruders to its presence, or giving them insight into why breach attempts are failing," said Benga Erinle, president, Ultra Electronics, 3eTI. "Hackers only realize that their malicious packets have been dropped on the EtherWatch-enabled network.”

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