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Framework Provides Secure Networking Protocols for Cyber Security

In response to both the growing threat of cyber attacks and related government mandates in key industries, GarrettCom, Inc., has launched an initiative to provide and promote best practices for industrial network security. Central to the initiative is the Magnum Secure Networking Framework (MSNF), which consists of functional building blocks and secure networking protocols.

Cyber security programs such as the power utility sector’s NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards demonstrate that comprehensive risk mitigation and regulatory compliance requires many technology and procedural elements. GarrettCom’s MSNF provides network-centric solutions for cyber security protection, while providing a framework for integration with the overall SCADA and information systems infrastructure.

MSNF consists of six functional building blocks that can be implemented using various combinations of products from GarrettCom and strategic industry partners. MSNF elements are:

· Secure Network Management
· WAN Perimeter Security
· Serial and Ethernet Port Security
· Access Control
· Network back-up and recovery
· Legacy non-routable protocol secure transport

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