Network security vendor, WatchGuard Technologies Technologies, has launched its next-generation firewalls and Unified Threat Management (UTM) technology with Application Control to include protective supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) signatures.
The signatures allow WatchGuard XTM and legacy e-series security appliances to provide advanced threat protection for industrial control systems that supervise and manage industrial, infrastructure or facility-based networks.
It provides the same levels of advanced intrusion prevention, malware protection and granular management used in enterprise environments to secure key industrial and infrastructure networks.
According to WatchGuard, it introduced the solution because major market trends were driving the need to extend enterprise network security and protection to operational technologies. Many operational technology (OT) networks were also converging with IT networks.
WatchGuard Technologies A/NZ regional director, Scott Robertson, said, “As OT and IT networks converge, legacy OT networks become vulnerable to hackers and viruses.”
It predicts next-generation firewalls will become the predominate solution of choice for protecting legacy OT networks.
The company also recently released its XCS software update.