Starthis, Inc. Awarded Contract From The Department Of Homeland Security for SCADA Security | Automation.com

Starthis, Inc. Awarded Contract From The Department Of Homeland Security for SCADA Security

April 072004
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois - April 7, 2004 – Starthis, Inc., a provider of software products for linking enterprise applications, industrial control systems and operations personnel, announces that it has been awarded a contract from the Department of Homeland Security, Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA). Starthis will develop software architectures that combine the robust standards based security features of the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) platform with the iTapestry industrial automation software product from Starthis. This combination will make available upgrade solutions that increase security in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. SCADA systems are used by manufacturing and utility companies to monitor and manage critical industrial infrastructure and manufacturing systems.

The existing iTapestry product suite from Starthis is used to link enterprise software applications running on robust reliable J2EE application servers such as IBM’s WebSphere and BEA’s WebLogic, with industrial controllers and industrial automation networks. The enhancements to be added in this project will include support for encryption and secure communications over the link between the application server and the remote controls and sensors. This communication path might include a combination of internet, telephone and wireless links passing through industrial networking products from a variety of leading vendors that are installed to provide the required security enhancements.

On the enterprise or control room side, the user authentication and authorization services of the J2EE platform will be combined with the iTapestry product suite to ensure that only appropriately authorized individuals can access the protected remote facilities.

According to David Naylor, the CEO of Starthis, “These same security enhancements are also applicable to other regulated manufacturing environments such as food and pharmaceuticals processing where only appropriately trained and authorized individuals should be able to monitor or influence production systems. This combination of well tested standards based security features of the J2EE platform when combined with secure industrial networking products from our hardware partners provide an opportunity for a wide variety of industrial installations to cost effectively upgrade their networking and monitoring systems. This provides a ‘security blanket’ around critical infrastructure that improves access for authorized personnel and keeps out intruders.”

About Starthis
Starthis develops software products which allow direct communication between the enterprise level and plant floor controls. The software supports high availability, and robust multi-level security, all within the existing industrial network infrastructure in an Enterprise Java framework. This combination of bridging technology between disparate hardware, software and legacy systems provides a unique opportunity for cost effective deployment of high security Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, immediate recovery response, and both monitoring and supervisory control of the plant floor controllers without any production disruption or additional hardware investment.

This project is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. The information contained in this press release does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the Government and no official endorsement should be inferred.
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