Icon Labs announces Floodgate Defender, a compact industrial firewall

Icon Labs, a provider of embedded networking and security technology, announced availability of the Floodgate Defender firewall appliance.

Floodgate Defender™ provides a critical layer of security for the devices that comprise ‘The Internet of Things’ including SCADA networks, military equipment, critical infrastructure controllers and medical devices.

“Many legacy devices that make up the ‘Internet of Things’ were originally designed for use on closed networks and therefore contain little or no security. Even though they perform critical functions managing our power grid, factories, communication networks and hospitals, they are easy targets for cyber-criminals and cyber-terrorism,” said Alan Grau, President of Icon Labs.

Floodgate Defender is placed between the Internet and the device. It is easily configured with communication policies customised for the device it is protecting.

Floodgate Defender enforces the policies, blocking attacks before a connection can be established with the target device.

Floodgate Defender provides stateful packet inspection (SPI) and rules-based filtering.

A secure web interface is provided for configuring communication policies.

”Embedded devices have failed to maintain pace with the increasing number of attacks targeting them, making them easy targets for industrial espionage, hacktivists or even terrorist groups. These devices need the same level of security used to protect enterprise networks,” said Jared Weiner – analyst, M2M embedded software & tools, VDC Research.

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