New IIOT cybersecurity for distributed assets enables regulatory compliance and efficiency for utilities,
energy, and other industrial operations
Palo Alto, CA – August 28, 2018 – Today Xage Security announces Xage Policy Manager, the first and
only automated and decentralized cybersecurity solution to ensure the protection and regulatory
compliance of critical infrastructure. Xage Policy Manager automatically enforces security across the
devices, applications, and users that comprise industrial networks. Xage provides the required
tamperproof foundation for the new wave of edge intelligence across utilities, energy, and other industrial
operations by delivering automated security for distributed assets today, and new levels of efficiency and
reliability for next-generation operations tomorrow.
To improve efficiency, core industries such as energy, manufacturing, transportation, and utilities are now
digitized and connected from end-to-end. Distributed assets, from voltage controllers in the electrical grid
to laptops, smartphones, and USB drives used by field technicians, represent the vast majority of
exposed industrial assets. This has put critical infrastructure at higher security risk, as demonstrated
through increasing, severe attacks. Accordingly, the government is recognizing that the components
compromising critical infrastructure have to be rigorously protected. For example, The Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission recently approved the latest modifications to the Critical Infrastructure Protection
(NERC-CIP) standards, firming up requirements for the numerous smaller scale systems and distributed
components that comprise the majority of the electrical grid.
“Industrial organizations are heavily reliant on legacy systems, unmanaged passwords, and unprotected
control protocols,” says Duncan Greatwood, CEO of Xage. “Achieving regulatory compliance and system
protection quickly is a challenge due to the massive scale and dispersed nature of industrial operations.
With diverse set of infrastructure and thousands of distributed devices, there is an urgent need for a new
cybersecurity solution with automatic system-wide protection and enforcement.”
Xage Policy Manager enables secure industrial operations that are compliant with cybersecurity
standards as they continue to emerge. It is the first autonomous, single-dashboard solution to manage
and enforce security requirements for the devices, applications, and users that comprise industrial
networks. Features include:
- Automated Cybersecurity and Compliance – Automatically replicate security requirements across
large numbers of devices utilizing Xage’s field-wide blockchain-protected security fabric. Set and
rotate complex passwords according to centrally defined timetables and policies. Ensure
compliance with emerging standards for critical infrastructure.
- Existing Network Protection without Modification – Deploy to and integrate with existing assets
without modifying them. Detect new or transient devices and control accessibility based on the
device and its user’s role. Defend against malware by exposing non-conformant systems.
- Single Dashboard Control – Manage and enforce security requirements for all components that
comprise your industrial network across the field from within a single dashboard.
- Increased Efficiency and Reliability – Enhance distributed edge intelligence with
human-to-machine, app-to-machine and machine-to-machine cooperation and apply smart AI
control of field applications protected with Xage’s tamperproof foundational cybersecurity fabric.
“Our electric power system is being reborn before our eyes with the proliferation of new technologies at
the edge of the grid,” said Steven H. Parker, President of EnergySec. “Innovative security approaches,
such as blockchain technologies, are needed to ensure appropriate protection can be provided to millions
of new devices connected to the system.”
The Xage Security Suite is the first and only blockchain-protected security platform for the Industrial
Internet of Things (IIOT). Xage creates the essential trusted foundation for secure interactions between
machines, people, and data. Advancing beyond traditional security models, Xage distributes
authentication and private data across the network of devices, creating a tamper-proof “fabric” for
communication, authentication and trust that ensures security at scale. Xage supports any-to-any
communication, secures access to existing industrial systems, underpins continuous edge-computing
operations even in the face of irregular connectivity, and gets stronger and stronger with every device
added to the network. Xage customers include leaders in the largest industries, spanning energy, utilities,
transportation and manufacturing.