Eduard Kovacs of Security Week on Check Point launching a new dedicated ICS security appliance:

Available immediately through Check Point’s global partners, the 1200R is a rugged security gateway appliance line that provides protection for SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems in remote locations and harsh environments.

Part of Check Point’s ICS/SCADA security offering, 1200R is a fully-featured gateway with six 1GbE ports and raw firewall throughput of 2 Gbps. The product supports a wide range of ICS/SCADA-specific protocols, including Siemens Step7, OPC, DNP3, BACNet, IEC-60870-5-104, IEC 60870-6 (ICCP), IEC 61850, Profinet, MMS, and Modbus.

Since it’s designed for use in harsh environments, such as plant floors, the appliance is compliant with IEC 61850-3, IEEE 1613 and IEC 60068-2 industrial specifications for heat, vibration, and immunity to electromagnetic interference. The 1200R is capable of operating in temperatures ranging between -40°C and 75°C, Check Point said.

The solution provides full visibility and granular control of SCADA traffic via a next-generation firewall, logging capabilities for forensic analysis of incidents, and compliance monitoring. The appliance is designed to detect and block exploitation of ICS component vulnerabilities with intrusion prevention system (IPS) signatures.

Thanks to Executive Order 13636 and the NIST Cyber Security Framework, cyber security businesses are spending a lot of time focusing on strengthening the critical infrastructure sectors. Aiming specific appliances at industrial control systems is a smart business move because this space is just blowing up. There is a huge potential to make a lot of money in this space.