Waterfall FLIP® securely integrates Information Technology (IT) and Operations Technology (OT) control system networks. Modern enterprises transmit control system information to business networks continuously, and need to send information from business networks into operations networks occasionally – for example when sending control recipes into batch manufacturing systems or when sending anti-virus signatures and other security updates.
Waterfall FLIP is stronger than firewalls, providing industry-leading assurances for the safety, reliability and security of critical OT networks.
Waterfall FLIP is a hardware-enforced Unidirectional Security Gateway whose orientation is reversible. The Waterfall FLIP is “pointed” so that it replicates OT servers to IT networks routinely. By schedule, or by exception, an independent control mechanism inside the protected OT network triggers the FLIP® hardware to change orientation, allowing information to flow back into the protected OT network as needed.
Waterfall FLIP harnesses security features of Waterfall Unidirectional Security Gateways to address specific IT/OT integration needs. Data streams out of, and occasionally into the OT network are completely independent and are physically unable to coexist. As a result, the Waterfall FLIP is stronger than firewalls, and meets the most demanding IT/OT integration needs.
New York – May 26, 2015 – Waterfall Security Solutions (Waterfall), which specializes in critical infrastructure protection and control systems security technologies, and Digital Bond Labs, a cybersecurity lab focused on finding new security and reliability vulnerabilities in control systems components, announced today the completion of a security assessment on the new Waterfall FLIP product.
Digital Bond Labs performed thorough tests of the product hardware and software. The assessment verified the two main features of the product:
1) Digital Bond Labs found no way to transform the FLIP into an interactively bidirectional communication channel. The FLIP is always a one-way system.
2) Digital Bond Labs found no way to remotely control the FLIP mechanism itself from the inside or outside security networks.