SEL’s security solutions provide an effective means for reducing electronic vulnerabilities in critical communications systems ranging from serial to Ethernet and SCADA to engineering access. The new SEL-3620 Ethernet Security Gateway protects site-to-site Ethernet communications as well as private networks, allowing users to maximize the benefits of a smart grid while minimizing security risk. Easy to use and tough enough for harsh environments, the SEL-3620 operates with existing IT and control systems, using an intuitive, menu-driven web interface.
SEL designed and built the Ethernet security gateway, available this November, as part of a research project with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Tennessee Valley Authority, and Sandia National Laboratories, among other partners.
“The SEL-3620, an OPSAID-compliant device, can provide a synergistic solution that benefits specific needs in securing our critical infrastructure, including smart grid communications,” said DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary Hank Kenchington. “This is a good example of the Department of Energy, a national laboratory, and a private company working together to provide useful solutions to critical needs in a timely fashion.”
Another element of SEL’s smart grid security solutions is the SEL-3021 Serial Encrypting Transceiver. It protects point-to-point and multidrop data links from attacks and eavesdropping, with advanced encryption validated to Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2. For wireless applications, the SEL-3022 Wireless Encrypting Transceiver creates a cryptographically secure wireless link between a computer and remote IED serial communications port.