PROTECT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE – LIKE COLONIAL PIPELINE – AGAINST NEED FOR SHUTDOWN IN RESPONSE TO HACKERS
Without Binary Armor ensuring the integrity of critical systems, Colonial Pipeline was forced to disconnect its OT systems to prevent the hackers from accessing the pipeline’s OT. This operational technology – the mechanical electrical circuit breakers, valves and pumps – controls the flow of oil in the pipeline, and functions as the backbone of the entire nation’s electrical, oil and gas, and water processing and distribution networks.
The Colonial Pipeline hack and the February hack of valves in the City of Oldsmar, Florida’s, water treatment plant are a stark warning that more must be done to protect the nation’s OT from criminals and nation-states targeting sensitive and critical infrastructure installations in the U.S.
Cyberattacks on infrastructure, which have grown in frequency and potency, threaten to inflict potentially catastrophic economic, environmental and structural damage.
“Cyber criminals and foreign adversaries are constantly testing our systems and seeking opportunities to hack our OT. Our national critical infrastructure is too easy a target,” stated Pete Fischer, who oversees Binary Armor development at SNC. “Binary Armor provides the technology to protect these systems from attack”.
Leveraging decades of SNC’s performance as a national security contractor and a cutting-edge innovator, Binary Armor provides critical, real-time, endpoint cybersecurity.
The system’s patented “functional whitelisting” technology stops both internal and external threats from reaching OT, including malware and intentionally unsafe or erroneous instructions that cause motors to spin too fast, valves to open or close at inappropriate times, or switches to turn out of sequence. By allowing only pre-approved, known, safe messages to reach OT, Binary Armor protects against insider threats
, and human error and enforces workflow to reduce the likelihood