Pure-play security vendor Check Point last year announced the extension of its comprehensive Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security solution with the introduction of a new 1200R security gateway appliance, enhancements to granular visibility and control of SCADA networks, and SCADA aware threat detection and prevention. 1200 SCADA
The 1200R is a gateway firewall that can be located closer to the systems themselves, useful in certain types of networks, featuring six 1GbE ports and 2Gbps throughput via a copper or fibre WAN connection. The most notable feature is the design of the appliance itself, being lightweight and compact at 1.2 kg and its heat-dissipating steel surface built to withstand harsh environments and remote deployments such as plant floors, remote electrical substations and power generation facilities. The appliance is compliant with IEC 61850-3, IEEE 1613 and IEC 60068-2 industrial specifications for heat, vibration, and immunity to electromagnetic interference. According to Check Point, the appliance can withstand extreme temperatures ranging from -40°C and 75°C.
Other security layers supported include IPS, anti-malware, anti-bot, application monitoring and VPN handling with a capacity of up to 400,000 concurrent sessions, over 800 SCADA-specific commands and parameters within the Check Point Firewall and Application Control Software Blades, and over 200 SCADA-specific IPS signatures. Specialized threat reports in Check Point Next Generation SmartEvent provide full reports on SCADA traffic to grant quick and detailed forensics for incident investigations.
“ICS protection is not to be taken lightly. Once cybercriminals gain access to a control system, damage is inevitable. The result of an ICS breach will be devastating – and it’s not a question of ‘if it happens,’ but ‘when it happens,’ which is why Check Point is dedicated to proactively protecting ICS to prevent such catastrophic events,” said Dorit Dor, vice president of products at Check Point. “The 1200R appliance is a new security gateway optimized for deployment in the harshest of industrial environments and remote locations to support ICS/SCADA and deliver what we see as unmatched security to a nation’s most precious assets.”