ABB’S AC800M achieves Achilles Level 1 Security Certification

  • September 04, 2007
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VANCOUVER, BC, Canada – September 4, 2007 – Wurldtech Labs, an independent division of Wurldtech Security Technologies, a leading provider of cyber-security solutions to SCADA, process-control and mission-critical industries worldwide, today announced that the ABB AC800M industrial controller has been awarded the Achilles Level 1 Security Certification. ABB’s Achilles Level 1 Certification achievement enables the company to further differentiate their product from their competitors. By demonstrating AC800M’s compliance, ABB is effectively aligning their brand with one that places security as a corporate priority; while taking a proactive step towards security regulations and standards that are being set in today’s industrial automation industry."Control systems must meet very high requirements on security against cyber attacks," says Thomas Pauly, responsible for cyber security in System 800xA. "This requires meticulous development processes and advanced methods and tools for verification. Wurldtech’s Achilles plays an important role in how we achieve that." The Achilles Certification Program presents device manufactures such as ABB with an independently verified result from which to communicate their product security to customers, while providing the operators of control systems with the most complete, accurate, and trustworthy information possible on the security of their deployed products. “Secure and robust process control networks are a key element to the safe and secure operation of some of the world’s most critical systems. Asset-owners and operators alike are looking for assurance that products they purchase meet stringent security, robustness and performance benchmarks," said Tyler Williams, CEO Wurldtech Security Technologies. "When operators select a controller such as the AC800M that has passed the rigorous testing of the Achilles Level 1 Certification, they can be confident the product will improve the safety and reliability of their operations."The Achilles Certification Program was developed to provide a benchmark for the deployment of secure industrial devices. The program is designed to assess the network security of industrial devices and certify that they meet a comprehensive set of requirements. Achilles Certification required the AM800M to maintain control functionality while being systematically attacked with network tests designed to verify protocol stack robustness, compliance with specified protocol standards, and proper handling of rogue and invalid protocol packets. The Achilles Certification testing methodology employed by Wurldtech Labs is the result of more than a year of research, industry cooperation and end-user feedback. The testing includes attacks targeting hundreds of medium-to-high severity vulnerabilities, numerous complex evasion techniques, denial-of-service attacks and latency measurements. About ABBABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 111,000 people. About Wurldtech Security Technologies, Inc.Wurldtech Security Technologies, headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is a leading provider of security solutions to SCADA, process control and mission-critical industries. Wurldtech is committed to delivering breakthrough products and services that help protect global critical infrastructure and address the security needs of major industrial organizations and government agencies worldwide. Visit the Wurldtech booth (#1558) at ISA 2007.About Wurldtech LabsWurldtech Labs, the research center of Wurldtech Security Technologies, is charged with anticipating the future needs and requirements for security products designed for the SCADA and Control System Industry. Wurldtech Labs is an independent testing facility that performs the Achilles certification program, a vendor-agnostic security testing and certification of industrial automation products. The majority of the world's top Industrial Automation vendors submit their products for testing and certification at Wurldtech Labs. The end-users of security technologies rely on Wurldtech Labs to authoritatively set and apply objective testing and certification criteria for measuring product security, reliability and performance. Learn More

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