Austin, Texas (PRWEB) June 14, 2012
MerlinM2M Encryption Security Platform secures SCADA’s unique high risk challenges in different network zones, automated processes, and device networks, including servers, human machine interface (HMI), controller logic, and industrial network protocols (IED) utilizing dynamic scalable keys and passwords.
“The weakest link in a SCADA system is transmission between machines,” says Paul "Prem" Sobel, Founding CTO, MerlinCryption, “The worst scenario is a criminal takeover of machine control. Protecting access to status, states, reports, machine software updates, commands, and controls is critical.
The most effective solution is a dynamic encryption engine, working in tandem with strong authentication in one platform,” Sobel advocates, “The encryption should be unique for every company.”
The MerlinM2M cryptosystem is built on Anti-Statistical Block Encryption (ASBE) and utilizes variable key length. Each key scales in size between 2008 bits and 2 GB. Additionally, the encryption engine allows scalable passwords up to 64 KB.
The algorithm is not subject to attack models and methods of Cryptanalysis, which secures data, networks, and endpoints across the entire SCADA infrastructure. Every encrypted transmission between MTUs, PLCs, and RTUs, is different, as the algorithm produces different cyphertext with varying length, even when repeating the same plaintext, key, and password input.
MerlinCryption’s industrial partners highly benefit from customization of each encryption engine, which is unique to the individual company’s SCADA system and is not interoperable with any other custom engine.
MerlinM2M provides dynamic multi-factor authentication and is run by a scripted controller, which essentially “wraps” the entire encryption and authentication process into a tightly customized and impenetrable sequence of execution.
The cryptosystem platform’s data generator outputs keys and passwords that are ‘generated-destroyed-recreated’ on demand, making key/password transfer between end points unnecessary. The communication and storage of encryption keys and passwords are not needed.
MerlinCryption supports SCADA systems and control architecture by using flexible security designed with a small memory footprint in flash memory or files. Written in C# for Windows and in C for DOS, Linux, and QNX, the encryption software is portable to any device for RTU security. The payload can by transmitted by any communications protocol and on any network.
About MerlinCryption LLC
The Smart-World’s Smart-Encryption™ software company in Austin TX, MerlinCryption LLC develops encryption and authentication solutions that protect against counterfeiting, cloning, software compromise, physical machine compromise, and man-in-the-middle attack, designed specifically for the embedded and M2M (machine-to-machine) market.
The unprecedented security platform protects integrity of data-at-rest, data-in-motion, data-in-use, and data-in-change as it is created, viewed, edited, shared, stored, and moved across communications channels and through the Cloud. The encryption is NSA reviewed, BIS approved for export, and OFAC compliant. The cryptosystem enables compliance with industry and regulatory practices regarding the handling and protection of private and confidential information including FDA, HIPAA, and HITECH.
MerlinCryption offers full-scale ASBE encryption platforms for M2M, authentication, and enterprise, as well as eleven stand-alone software programs for Information Security professionals. MerlinCryption is changing the way the world protects data and secures connectivity.