Press Release Summary:
Scalance(TM) S modules offer functionality and protection of firewall and VPN, allowing real-time, authenticated communication only between authorized devices within automation network. Respectively, Scalance S613 and S612 protect up to 64 and 32 devices in internal network and offer 127 and 64 VPN tunnels simultaneously. Scalance S602 provides firewall protection that may be used as alternative VPN tunnels with flexible access control. It can operate in bridge or router mode.
Original Press Release:
Siemens Introduces New Scalance S Family of Security Modules
ATLANTA, April 11, 2007 - Each year industrial plants lose tens of billions of dollars from network security breaches. These attacks are a result of anything from disgruntled employees, to high school hackers, to spies digging for sensitive data.
A new technology is now available to protect the plant floor from data manipulation, espionage, unauthorized access, and automated intrusions. The Scalance(TM) S family of industrial Ethernet security modules from Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. offers the functionality and protection of a firewall and virtual private network (VPN), allowing only real-time, authenticated communication between authorized devices within the automation network. A software security client is also offered to setup IPsec based VPN connection from a desktop or laptop.
Available for new and existing industrial networks, three models of Scalance S security modules offer varying levels of functionality to meet any automation cell security need. Easy to install, the modules isolate the automation network from the rest of the enterprise. Additionally, the settings may be saved on the C-PLUG (memory module) reducing maintenance cost.
"Losses from poor plant network security will continue to be a primary concern for plant engineers and front office executives," said Raj Rajani, Scalance product marketing manager. "The Scalance S security modules physically and electronically separate the automation cell from the enterprise, making automation network intrusions impossible."
Three Modules for Every Application
The advanced Scalance S613 security module protects up to 64 devices and offers 127 VPN tunnels simultaneously. Designed to survive the harsh environments of the factory floor, this module offers an extended temperature range from -4 degrees to 158 degrees F (-20 degrees to 70 degrees C).
The standard Scalance S612 security module protects up to 32 devices in the internal network and offers up to 64 VPN tunnels simultaneously.
The basic Scalance S602 security module provides firewall protection that may be used as alternative VPN tunnels with flexible access control. In addition to bridge mode, the module may also be operated in router mode to connect separate IP subnets.
"As production and office networks continue to merge, the risk of viruses and attacks at the plant floor will increase," Rajani said. "The Scalance S family of industrial Ethernet security modules provides the protection plants need when working with Ethernet technology at the automation level."
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. is one of Siemens' operating companies in the U.S. Headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Ga., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. manufactures and markets one of the world's broadest ranges of electrical and electronic products, systems and services to industrial and construction market customers. Its technologies range from circuit protection and energy management systems to process control, industrial software and totally integrated automation solutions. The company also has expertise in systems integration, technical services and turnkey industrial systems. For more information: www.sea.siemens.com.
Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $107.4 billion in fiscal 2006. Founded nearly 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas of Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $21.4 billion and employs approximately 67,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens' worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 475,000 people in 190 countries. For more information on Siemens in the United States: www.usa.siemens.com.