Agreement signed by Landis+Gyr and SafeNet to enhance smart grid security


Atlanta, GA and Baltimore,MD, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 21, 2010  – Landis+Gyr and information security provider SafeNet have signed a reseller agreement to integrate SafeNet’s Luna Hardware Security Module (HSM) into Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream™ end-to-end security architecture, creating a highly secure environment to exchange and store utilities’ sensitive cryptographic keys in a trusted hardware device.

As part of its security strategy, Landis+Gyr is implementing SafeNet HSMs to protect the cryptographic keys used to secure data exchange between smart meters and the head-end system in the Gridstream RF network. The Luna HSM complies with the highest security standards, such as Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 and Common Criteria EAL 4+, and provides utilities with a validated and tamper-resistant hardware solution that supports overall smart grid security.
“This relationship with SafeNet aligns with our vision of security compliance, and enhances the maturity of the Gridstream security solution by providing a trustworthy and efficient solution for our utility customers to manage security throughout the network,” said Michelle Mindala-Freeman, vice president of marketing and product management at Landis+Gyr.

“SafeNet HSMs are a part of a cost-effective security solution that scales for distributed smart grid deployments and protect what is most valuable to the advanced metering infrastructure, ensuring privacy and uninterrupted usage,” added Mark Yakabuski, director, product management, SafeNet. “Together, Landis+Gyr and SafeNet offer a solution that increases customer satisfaction and complies with national standards.”