Critical infrastructure today suffers from both antiquated infrastructure and enormous vulnerabilities caused by information and operational technology. Over the past decade and more, critical infrastructure, in particular electric utilities, have been grasping with how to provide a secure, effective and efficient operational and administrative infrastructure, while continuing to operate an infrastructure that is old, patch worked and linked via new technology that provides some advancement yet introduces potential vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities can be and are being used by malicious actors as well as inadvertently by workers.
These issues have been highlighted numerous times by governments, cybersecurity professionals, utilities and even users of the electric grid. Increased visibility into these issues has led to an increase in regulatory action and identification of best practices. However, they have not been successful to date as seen by some of the following reports:
“Widespread disruption of electric service because of a transmission failure initiated by a cyber-attack at various points of entry could undermine U.S. lifeline networks, critical defense infrastructure, and much of the economy; it could also endanger the health and safety of millions of citizens.” – Department of Energy
Ironclad, The Solution
Ironclad™ delivers the world’s only security-centric, fully integrated, and hyper-converged Private Cloud Infrastructure built on an Air Gap and Zero-Trust model designed specifically for companies hosting Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Critical Infrastructure.
Presently running live at a major northeast utility, the Ironclad® design integrates cyber and physical security by combining people, technology, and processes under a single, fully integrated NextGen iSOC model functioning over a Hyper-V infrastructure hosting IT/OT systems and resources on separate sets of highly efficient hardware.
The Ironclad™ design is a purpose-built fully integrated “Data Center” assembled using Lean/Classic manufacturing assembly lines techniques. It is manufactured and delivered to the Utilities’ designated critical sites where the infrastructure is “plug and play”. Ironclad® provides the following capabilities™
“ We must take an IronClad™ Blue-Sky approach… Design, Architect, and Build a completely new infrastructure, a new ship, sail it next to old ship, converge only essential assets, and let the old ship sink!…”
Paulo H. Silva CISSP, IRCA, ABA, CISA