Intuitive economical solutions for smart grid security available


Hank Kenchington,
Deputy Assistant
Secretary, DOE
Pullman, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 8, 2010 – The recently released SEL-3620 Ethernet Security Gateway is now available for $2,800, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. has announced.

Designed to provide security to critical infrastructure systems such as the electric power transmission infrastructure and water treatment facilities, the Ethernet Security Gateway protects systems from malicious traffic with virtual private networks (VPNs) and a configurable ingress and egress stateful firewall. It provides up to 60,000 security event reports and supports Syslog with precise time tagging of events through IRIG.

Tailored specifically to secure smart grid communications, the Ethernet Security Gateway operates with existing IT and control systems, using an intuitive, menu-driven web interface to create an Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) VPN. It secures routable protocols that cross electronic security perimeters, and provides up to 16 VPN connections on three Ethernet ports.

The storage for SEL-3620 offers industry-vetted security and interoperable standards, including IPsec (RFC 4301, 4302, and 4303), X.509 certificates, OCSP certificate revocation, IRIG-B time synchronization, HTTPS web interface, Cisco:OPSAID interoperability, and Syslog.

SEL designed and built the Ethernet Security Gateway as part of a cooperative project with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Tennessee Valley Authority, and Sandia National Laboratories, among other partners.

“The SEL-3620, an OPSAID-compliant device, can provide a synergistic solution that benefits specific needs in securing our critical infrastructure, including smart grid communications,” said DOE deputy assistant secretary Hank Kenchington. “This is a good example of the Department of Energy, a national laboratory, and a private company working together to provide useful solutions to critical needs in a timely fashion.”