Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) networks contain systems that are used to control and monitor key functions in industrial, infrastructure and facility-based processes, such as power generators, oil and gas pipelines, airports and nuclear plants. Since a compromise of any of these SCADA systems could seriously affect critical infrastructure and services that we all depend on every day, it is extremely important that robust SCADA security measures are implemented so that these systems are well protected from cyber threats.
Considering that many SCADA systems were built decades ago and are now legacy systems without up-to-date security measures, as well as the fact that SCADA systems have been specifically targeted by worms and viruses in recent years, including Stuxnet and Flame, it is important for SCADA networks to shore up their security to keep out intruders and threats.
In SCADA environments, Metadefender Kiosk acts as a checkpoint for all incoming and outgoing data, providing the ability to detect, control and sterilize digital data before it enters or leaves the secure network. Metadefender scans files with multiple anti-malware engines (up to 30 engines), converts files to another file type to remove any embedded threats, and can perform a system restore after each session, ensuring that the system cannot be compromised. SCADA facilities can use Metadefender as a standalone kiosk scanning station in a secure, locked-down environment with limited or no network connectivity.
Example Customer and Case Study
A large Public Electric Utility Company was faced with a two-fold challenge: on the one hand the need for downloading data from various USB and removable media devices, and on the other hand the need to protect the utility’s SCADA computer systems from any cyber intruders and acts of sabotage. Read how this company implemented Metadefender for SCADA security.