San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) May 10, 2013
Vir2us today announced the launch of its Immunity iKit, a software technology tool kit that is designed to help IT and industrial control systems (ICS) professionals add next generation cyber security technology to existing software applications that control critical infrastructure. The tool kit is a downloadable software package that will be available in June to companies and users that register on the company's website. Rebecca Brown, spokesperson for Vir2us, said "the tool kit is designed to be an elegant, economical and easy-to-deploy application in existing control systems with little or no disruption.
President Obama and Federal lawmakers have proposed legislation to secure the nation’s critical infrastructure in recent months, and in recent days the President issued an Executive Order in response to the increasing number of cyber-attacks on government and the nations critical infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified seventeen areas of critical infrastructure that the Federal Government expects to address.
“The iKit was created by Vir2us to enable firms to quickly build the company's patented technology into computers and software applications that control critical infrastructure", said Anthony More, Vir2us’ Chief Technology Officer. “The U.S. and other nations are highly vulnerable to critical infrastructure cyber threats. iKit will help utilities to begin complying with new government standards for cyber security.”
One of the problems facing utilities in securing critical infrastructure is the high number of legacy computer systems in their networks, some of which are more than twenty five years old. " iKit allows utilities to implement next-generation cyber security technology in most legacy systems, solving a huge challenge for these service providers", More said.
According to More, iKit works to isolate computer processes and files by serving up disposable computing environments. This approach to computer processing creates an inherently secure environment where malicious software can't propagate, persist and threats are recognized before they can do serious damage. Most of today's security solutions have tended to focus on keeping hackers out of systems but seem to provide little security once these checkpoints have been breached. NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, cited the Vir2us technology in a recent publication of recommendations for Smart Grid, the U.S. sponsored program for modernizing the nations power grid infrastructure.
“Vir2us' charter is to change the status quo through applied technology and innovation”, said the company’s CEO, Ed Brinskele. “Securing critical infrastructure is a challenge that some industry experts have said is unsolvable. We think iKit, will give ICS utilities and technology professionals the edge they need to secure these systems.
About Vir2us: Vir2us is a privately held technology solutions development company, that was spawned in the Silicon Valley area in 2001, with corporate headquarters in Sonoma County, California. The company’s work in cyber-security has been recognized by industry, academic and government experts including the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST has cited the company’s specifications for its Immunity technology in its recommendations for securing the nation’s power grid infrastructure as part of the government’s Smart Grid initiative (July 2010). Vir2us technology has been dubbed “game-changing” by government cyber security insiders including NSA and White House cyber-security experts.
For more information email Rebecca Brown at RBrown(at)vir2us(dot)com or visit the Vir2us website at http://www.vir2us.com.