Sensus achieves Achilles security certification


Tyler Williams,
President & CEO,
Wurldtech Security
RALEIGH, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 22, 2010 – The Sensus FlexNet™ 2.2 advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications system has achieved Achilles security certification – the first to do so in the smart grid industry.

Achilles certification is from Wurldtech Security Technologies, a leading provider of security products and services for the industrial automation industry.
The testing validates that an end-to-end FlexNet AMI system, comprised of ten components and all intercomponent communication, demonstrates strong security architecture in addition to proving its overall resilience against intrusion or other security breaches. Components tested and certified include the regional network interface (RNI) head-end, tower gateway base station (TGB) relays, field tools, endpoints and the information streams between the software and hardware components.

“The Achilles certification is internationally respected as the standard for security in industrial applications, and for Sensus to be the first certified AMI vendor in the smart grid ecosystem is a noteworthy accomplishment,” said Tyler Williams, president and CEO of Wurldtech Security Technologies. “By embracing the challenge of applying this rigorous testing process to the FlexNet system, Sensus is defining a new standard for smart grid security.”

Sensus is also pursuing the Achilles practices certification, which validates that a vendor employs a specific set of security best practices for all processes related to the development and implementation of its products.

Developed in 2007 after more than two years of research, the Wurldtech Achilles certification program is a rigorous security and robustness testing program designed to provide industrial automation stakeholders a security benchmark for people, processes and technologies. The Achilles certification testing methodology is already adopted in mission critical industries including oil, nuclear energy and aerospace engineering.