Waterfall Security Solutions, a provider of cybersecurity technologies for critical infrastructures and industrial control systems, announced it is collaborating with cybersecurity educational organization Cybati, whose mission is to enable educational institutions, industrial asset owners, operators, researchers and supporting entities to understand control system environments and cybersecurity risks.
Cybati is an educational organization that provides the CybatiWorks kit, an academic and professional control system and Internet of Things cybersecurity platform which allows students to get hands-on with the type of protocols, hardware and software used in Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition facilities all over the world.
Cybati provides hands-on, academic and professional control system cybersecurity through its CybatiWorks platform.
“In essence, it’s all about learning how critical infrastructure works and how to defend it,” the company said.
As part of the collaboration, Cybati’s training platform will include Waterfall Security’s Unidirectional Gateway, integrated in its lab platform and the curriculum.
"We are happy to have the opportunity to collaborate with Cybati’s mission with both our Unidirectional Security Gateway products together with our cybersecurity expertise," said Waterfall Security CEO and Co-Founder Lior Frenkel. "The advancement of critical infrastructure and industrial control systems education is at the core of Waterfall’s identity, and Cybati is the kind of organization that exemplifies this."
Cybati will be giving hands-on demonstrations at the SANS ICS Security Summit and Training 2017 program March 19-27.
Cybati Executive Inventor Matthew Luallen said, "We look forward to working with Waterfall’s technology at the SANS ICS Summit and beyond. Hands-on training is a necessity when it comes to critical infrastructure and industrial cybersecurity. This is a fantastic opportunity to educate many more people on modern cybersecurity and the right ways to protect the industrial network perimeter."
Waterfall says its “Unidirectional Security Gateway is an evolutionary alternative to firewalls, protecting the safety and reliability of industrial systems in ways that firewalls simply cannot match. The Gateway creates an impassable, physical barrier eliminating the possibility of external online attacks, while enabling business processes to proceed as usual.”
Waterfall’s Unidirectional Gateway family of products are recognized to reduce the cost and complexity of compliance with NERC CIP, NRC, NIST, CFATS, ANSSI, ISA and other standards, regulations and best practices.
Waterfall noted that the Department of Homeland Security’s December 2015 report, Seven Strategies to Defend Industrial Control Systems, recommended unidirectional communications in three of its seven strategies to protect ICS from cyberattacks.