New cybersecurity solutions for improving grid security


Pullman, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 9, 2009 – Two new cybersecurity solutions have been introduced for improving smart grid security by power system protection, monitoring, control, automation, and metering product provider Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

As part of these solutions, the new SEL-3620 Ethernet Security Gateway protects site-to-site Ethernet communications as well as private networks, allowing users to maximize the benefits of a smart grid while minimizing security risk. Easy to use and tough enough for harsh environments, the SEL-3620 operates with existing IT and control systems, using an intuitive, menu-driven web interface.

The solution, available this November, was designed and built as part of a research 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,” commented 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.”

Another element of SEL’s smart grid security solutions is the SEL-3021 Serial Encrypting Transceiver. It protects point-to-point and multidrop data links from attacks and eavesdropping, with advanced encryption validated to Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2. For wireless applications, the SEL-3022 Wireless Encrypting Transceiver creates a cryptographically secure wireless link between a computer and remote IED serial communications port.

SEL’s security solutions aim to provide an effective means for reducing electronic vulnerabilities in critical communications systems ranging from serial to Ethernet and SCADA to engineering access. Securing systems ranging from water treatment facilities to electric power transmission infrastructure with SEL cybersecurity solutions ensures continued smart grid operation.