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  • February 28, 2017 - Owl Computing Technologies Selected to Secure Oil & Gas Exploration Networks and Equipment

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Selected to Secure Oil & Gas Exploration Networks and Equipment

    OPDS-1000 Passes Rigorous 90 Day Test by Multinational Oil and Gas Exploration Company

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, February 28, 2017 –   Owl Computing Technologies Inc., the leading provider of deterministic data diode network cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce that the OPDS-1000 has been selected by a major multinational oil and gas company to help protect oil and gas exploration equipment in the field.

     

    The Owl OPDS data diode product line has long been used to defend and protect the plants and refineries used in the production of oil and gas products. The OPDS utilizes one-way-only data transfers to protect the plants from cyberthreats while facilitating the availability of production information, alarms, events, files and historian data to end-users outside of the plant.

     

    While there are a number of existing use cases for securing oil and gas plants and refineries, protecting the exploration networks and equipment represents a natural expansion of the use of data diode cybersecurity within the industry. This expansion brings cybersecurity protection out of the plant and into the field; closer to the drilling rigs, offshore platforms and pipelines that are used in the exploration and delivery of oil and gas products to the plants.

     

    "Safety and cybersecurity concerns don't end at the edge of the plant," noted Mike Timan, Director of Sales at Owl. "The exploration part of this industry requires the same due diligence to ensure safe and reliable operations."

     

    In order to ensure the product met their demanding standards, the OPDS-1000 was subjected to a series of tests over a 90 day period. A range of many different protocols and data transfer types (PI historian, OPC, files, syslog messages, remote screen view) were all tested to ensure compatibility with the security architecture. In the end, the OPDS-1000 passed all of the tests, and performed well beyond the requirements set forth by the company.

     

    "This selection emphasizes the value proposition that the Owl products offer," shared Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. "Our energy customers are finding extraordinary value from our complete range of products. Owl continues to lead the market in cost-effective, scalable cybersecurity solutions ideal for securing individual devices all the way up to entire plants and refineries."

  • February 24, 2017 - Owl Computing Technologies Deploys Secure Software Update Solution (SSUS) at US National Laboratory

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Deploys Secure Software Update Solution at US National Laboratory

    Cybersecurity Solution Validates and Transfers Files into Secure Networks, Replaces Unsafe Portable Media

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, February 24, 2017 –   Owl Computing Technologies Inc., the leading provider of deterministic data diode network cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce the latest deployment of its Secure Software Update Solution (SSUS) at a US National Laboratory. SSUS utilizes patented data diode technology to provide secure file validation and one-way transfer into secure enclaves or networks without the use of potentially contaminated portable media (USB drives, disks, etc.).

     

    The laboratory required a solution to securely transfer very large files, software updates, and other data into highly secure networks, from lower security networks. The solution would replace an existing walk-net using portable media. The lab selected the Owl SSUS solution to help eliminate the use of portable media and provide a faster, more secure method for verifying and transferring files between network domains of different security levels.

     

    Operating as a part of a data diode platform, SSUS provides a host of checks (manifest, file type, ASCII verification, checksum, filters, and antivirus scanning) to verify that the file to be transferred is authentic and hasn't been compromised. When files are submitted for transfer, they are subjected to these user-defined verification checks. If the file passes these checks and validations, it is transferred across the network security boundary; if the file cannot be verified, it is quarantined. Transfers can be performed from low to high security, high to low security, or peer to peer.

     

    "Contaminated or compromised portable media is a well-documented threat vector in highly secure networks," noted Sal Morlando – Director of Operations at Owl, "They can be easily infected or replaced, and offer very little assurance of data integrity. SSUS provides a simple way to eliminate this vector; allowing files, software updates/patches, and host of other data types to be transferred faster, more reliably, and more securely than portable media."

     

    Owl specializes in secure, one-way data transfers, and has provided numerous cybersecurity and cross domain solutions to the US government, DoD, intelligence, and other related communities. SSUS was designed with these organizations in mind, but is also being deployed in a variety of organizations in the private sector, enabling them to further secure their networks and prevent tampering with software updates and other important files.

     

    "Owl has been a proud provider of cybersecurity solutions to the US government and National Laboratories for almost two decades," shared Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. "We are always glad to be able to provide our public institutions and agencies with solutions that improve their cybersecurity and also to allow them to securely share data between networks."

  • February 21, 2017 - Owl Computing Technologies Forms Distribution Partnership with 888 Tech Exchange Ventures

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Forms Distribution Partnership with 888 Tech Exchange Ventures

    888Tech to Provide Owl Cybersecurity Products to Philippine Critical Infrastructure Market

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, February 21, 2017 –  Owl Computing Technologies Inc., the leading provider of deterministic data diode network cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce that 888 Tech Exchange Ventures Inc., based in the Philippines, will be serving as a distributor for Owl in the Philippine market. This partnership expands Owl's global market reach and provides a strong local sales, installation, training, and support presence across the Philippines.

     

    888 Tech provides technology solutions and engineering services, including installation and commissioning, and have completed a number of infrastructure projects with utility operators in the Philippines. As Owl's distributor, 888 Tech will be working directly with end-users in the region to advise and assist in implementing data diode cybersecurity solutions.

     

    "The Philippines have the same cybersecurity concerns for protecting their electrical power grid as most countries," noted Dennis Lanahan – Director of Worldwide Channel Partnerships & International Sales at Owl. "888 Tech has already identified opportunities with power grid operators and will be moving forward quickly with data security and transfer solutions."

     

    Owl already has a significant presence in the power generation, transmission and distribution sectors, providing cybersecurity solutions directly to operators and equipment manufacturers. Current deployments help to secure substations, natural gas turbines, historian databases and a host of other industrial control, financial services, transportation, oil and gas, telecommunications and banking industry use cases.

     

    "We are excited about the partnership and the opportunity to continue to expand into new international markets," said Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. "888 Tech has already proven that there are significant opportunities in the Philippines for our data diode products and we look forward to supporting them as they pursue those opportunities."

     

     

    About 888 Tech Exchange Ventures, Inc.

    888 Tech Exchange Ventures is a privately owned technology services company established in 2006, operating as a one-stop provider of equipment, supplies, and engineering services, to utility companies. As a technology service provider, distributor and reseller, the company has the ability to meet unpredictable and constantly changing technology requirements while improving the overall performance of utilities by helping them reduce costs and improve efficiency.

  • February 21, 2017 - Owl Computing Technologies Receives New EAL Certification

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Receives New EAL Certification

    Full Cybersecurity Product Line Certified for Quality and Security Assurance

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, February 21, 2017 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc. (www.owlcti.com), the leading provider of deterministic data diode cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce that all products in the OPDS product line have been tested and certified to meet Evaluation Assurance Level 2 (EAL2) or higher for security trustworthiness.

     

    In this latest round of testing, the CSC Security Testing/Certification Laboratories performed testing on the core DualDiode Communication Cards used in the OPDS-100, OPDS-100D and the most recently released OPDS-5D. As an independent third-party, the laboratory provides evaluation services for determining the trustworthiness of information technology (IT) cybersecurity products. They conducted the evaluation using the Common Methodology for Information Technology Security Evaluation and found that the cards are conformant with all security assurance requirements listed for EAL2. This certification is recognized by 26 different countries globally.

     

    "This certification testing is a crucial part of our product development plan," stated Sal Morlando, Director of Operations at Owl. "Our customers rely on us for the security of their networks and this type of respected 3rd party testing enables them to verify that our products perform as designed and advertised."

     

    This Common Criteria evaluation asserts that the product complies with the security requirements specified in the Security Target, a specification document that defines the scope of the evaluation activities. The Security Target and Report for the certification are available at this URL: http://www.commoncriteriaportal.org/products.

     

    "Compliance, accreditation and certification are extremely important to the work that we do," noted Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. "We are a recognized and trusted provider of cybersecurity and we invest significantly to make sure we maintain the highest quality and security standards for our products."

     

    For more information about Owl's full range of cybersecurity products, including use cases, white papers, and case studies, please visit the Owl Resource Library.

  • February 15, 2017 - Owl Computing Technologies OPDS-5D Data Diode Proves Popular in Critical Infrastructure

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies OPDS-5D Data Diode Proves Popular in Critical Infrastructure

    Low Price Point Combined with Full Functionality Drives Acceptance of Owl's Newest Cybersecurity Product

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, February 1, 2017 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc. (www.owlcti.com), the leading provider of deterministic data diode cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce the rapid adoption of the recently released OPDS-5D. Designed as an affordable, entry level solution, the OPDS-5D is now being used in a number of new deployments, including power transmission and distribution solutions in Asia, government agency needs in Europe, and hydro power generation applications in the U.S.

     

    The OPDS-5D is a compact, all-in-one solution that incorporates the capabilities and benefits of Owl's elite data diode solutions with the unique ability to operate in environmental extremes, all at a very attractive price point. The design and affordable pricing allow operators to segment and protect far more devices operating in their networks and out in the field.

     

    "Our customers and distributors quickly recognized the flexibility this product lends to their cybersecurity strategy," stated Dennis Lanahan, Director of Worldwide Channel Partnerships & International Sales for Owl. "Operators can standardize on the use of data diodes across the network to secure all their critical digital assets."

     

    For example, the OPDS-5D can be deployed tactically across transmission grids to report network status information, or at potential threat vectors in government networks for file transfer, and for specific protocols like MODBUS.

     

    "We knew this product would fit perfectly in an underserved portion of the market," noted Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. "Owl's technical strengths have always placed us ahead of the competition. The OPDS-5D proves again that we lead the way with new technology innovations, and opened up data diode technology to new applications and industries."

     

    For more information about the OPDS-5D and Owl's full range of cybersecurity products, including use cases, white papers, and case studies, please visit the Owl Resource Library.

  • February 1, 2017 - Owl Computing Technologies and QRC Technologies Combine to Offer Expanded Solutions to Customers

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies and QRC Technologies Combine to Offer Expanded Solutions to Customers

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, February 1, 2017 – Owl Computing Technologies ("Owl"), a next-generation cybersecurity solutions provider, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Acuity Technologies Holding Company, ("Acuity"), an affiliate of DC Capital Partners ("DC Capital"). Acuity will serve as the parent holding company for both Owl and existing portfolio company, QRC Technologies ("QRC").

     

    Founded in 1998, Owl designs, develops, manufactures, and sells advanced network security products and cyber defense solutions that protect military, intelligence, and critical infrastructure networks and data.  The company's proprietary and patented products enable a fail-safe, one-way transfer of data between discrete networks and/or domains, often involving varying security levels.

     

    QRC is an integrated mobile and broadband network solutions provider for government, military, and law enforcement agencies. The combination of Owl and QRC will offer enhanced capabilities to customers who require proactive threat warnings and secure networks to manage the current threat environment of cyber-attacks and increasing global terrorism as well as accomplish a variety of other COMINT and SIGINT missions. The combined company has over 100 employees, the majority of whom hold high level security clearances.

     

    Thomas J. Campbell, Chairman of Acuity and Managing Partner of DC Capital, said, "Owl has a reputation for excellence, a proven and highly skilled team with significant expertise in their field, and a portfolio of innovative and differentiated solutions. The combination of Owl and QRC will create a company with a diverse product offering, comprehensive capabilities, and significant engineering talent. With increased data usage and geopolitical instability, the importance of protecting military, intelligence, critical infrastructure, and corporate networks and data has continued to grow. We are building a platform to address these priorities and making the requisite research and development investments to solve our customers' most difficult problems."

     

    Dr. Ronald Mraz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Owl said, "Combining with QRC is a major strategic opportunity for Owl. It allows us to not only expand our client base, but also, with the incremental investment from DC Capital, meaningfully increase our research and development. We believe that this union with QRC will provide substantial value to customers, while providing extensive opportunities for our employees' personal and professional development."

     

    Owl will remain headquartered in Ridgefield, CT and the management team will continue to lead the company. QRC and Owl will retain their existing brands and will continue to operate as they have to date but with the expectation that there will be complementary market and research and development synergies. DC Capital plans to meaningfully invest in Owl by increasing research and development efforts and adding more engineers and business development resources to better serve existing customers and to expand into new markets.

     

    Bluestone Capital Partners, LLC acted as financial advisor and Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP acted as legal advisor to Owl in connection with the transaction. Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP acted as legal advisor to DC Capital.

     

     

    About QRC Technologies

    QRC Technologies designs, develops, and services a host of proprietary Radio Frequency products and provides comprehensive integrated solutions primarily for government, military, and law enforcement agencies. These products and solutions address a wide range of SIGINT and COMINT missions for the tactical user community. QRC's products are employed globally on a myriad of manned, unmanned, and autonomous platforms and labs. QRC was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Learn more at www.qrctech.com.

Press Releases « 2016

  • December 13, 2016 - Owl Computing Technologies Receives Latest OPC Foundation Certification

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Receives Latest OPC Foundation Certification

    Exhaustive Testing Process Proves Robustness of Owl’s Data Diode Cybersecurity Solution

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, December 13, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc. (www.owlcti.com), the leading provider of deterministic data diode cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce an Award of OPC Certification from the OPC Foundation for its OSTS (OPC Server Transfer System) interface software. Owl has been protecting industrial control system networks for almost ten years with its data diode solutions and received its first OPC Certification in 2013.

     

    OPC stands for “Open Platform Communications” – a single standard protocol which enables heterogeneous industrial control systems to communicate with each other. An OPC deployment consists of an OPC Server, the collection point for real-time production data, alarms, events and historical data, and the OPC Clients that read and write to the OPC Server. Owl’s OSTS software, combined with an OPDS (Owl Perimeter Defense Solution) data diode, allows the OPC Server to be securely replicated across network security boundaries to another network without opening external attack vectors.

     

    “The certification testing is an intensive weeklong effort,” stated Steve Staubly, Director of Product Development at Owl. “The testing is performed using an automated compliance tool which uses multiple OPC Servers, multiple OPC Clients and hundreds of data tags. The certification process also includes a 36 hour regression test in which the OPC Server is brought offline and online repeatedly throughout the testing period as data tags are processed. Our certification award proves the robustness of OSTS and its ability to quickly and accurately recover from interrupted transmissions.”

     

    Deployed in a number of critical infrastructure industries, OSTS runs on all of the OPDS data diodes and can operate simultaneously with other Owl transfer applications like files, streaming, SNMP and Syslog.

     

    “Continued compliance and certification with standards is very important to us and our customers,” noted Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. “Utilizing standardized protocols allows for easy integration and decreases the deployment time; allowing our customers to quickly get back to their jobs of running their business.”

     

    For more information about the OSTS and Owl’s full range of cybersecurity products, including use cases, white papers, and case studies, please visit the Owl Resource Library.

  • December 7, 2016 - Owl Computing Technologies Sponsors Employee Volunteerism

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Sponsors Employee Volunteerism

    Employees Provided Paid Time Off To Pursue Volunteer Activities and Give Back to the Community

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, December 7, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc. (www.owlcti.com), a high-tech provider of data diode cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce, in the spirit of Giving Tuesday, a company initiative designed to sponsor and promote employee volunteerism.  In 2017 Owl employees will have the opportunity to use a full paid day off to volunteer for a cause of their choice, either on one day or broken up over multiple days.

     

    Originating in 2012 with the United Nations Foundation, Giving Tuesday was started to counter-balance the consumerism fostered by Black Friday and Cyber Monday and offer people a way to give back to the community.

     

    “We strongly believe in a proper work/life balance at Owl. Providing each employee with a day off to volunteer and give back to a local initiative they support is another way we help strike that balance,” explained Janet Mraz, Owl Corporate Officer. “We are very excited to see the different programs and projects our employees choose to get involved in.”

     

    Owl also supports an annual giving campaign during December. In 2015, Owl sent 40 care packages with food, snacks and other goodies to U.S. troops serving overseas during the Christmas season. This year Owl is working with Toys of Hope based in NY to deliver clothing, toys and sports equipment to needy teens.

     

    “We are very proud of these initiatives and appreciate the fact that we are in a position to offer our employees opportunities to support our communities in multiple ways,” enthused Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. “Our volunteer initiative has the potential to contribute hundreds of volunteer hours to local causes during 2017.”

     

    For information about a career at Owl or to learn about the full range of cybersecurity products, please visit our careers page or the Owl Resource Library.

  • November 1, 2016 - Owl Computing Technologies Announces Elite Owl Data Diode Technology Now Available at Market Entry Pricing

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Announces Elite Owl Data Diode Technology Now Available at Market Entry Pricing

    New Robust OPDS-5D Cybersecurity Product Features Lowest Total Cost of Ownership Available

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, November 1, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc. (www.owlcti.com), the leading provider of deterministic data diode cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce the release of its latest Owl Perimeter Defense Solution (OPDS) product, the OPDS-5D. This hardware-based data diode provides an affordable, entry level solution for one-way data transfer in critical infrastructure environments.

     

    The OPDS-5D is a compact, all-in-one DIN rail-compatible solution incorporating the capabilities and benefits of the higher end data diode solutions from Owl, while adding the unique ability to operate in environmental extremes. This solution now makes Owl's premier data diode technology available and practical to enterprise or industrial deployments that might have previously considered it unattainable or cost prohibitive.

     

    "The initial response from customers and distributors has been overwhelmingly positive," stated Dennis Lanahan – Director of World Wide Channel Partnerships & International Sales for Owl. "Our partners have always understood the security value of data diodes and now this entry level solution opens a whole new range of applications for them."

    With a low initial investment, minimal on-going operational expenses, and a mean time before failure (MTBF) of over 10 years, the OPDS-5D offers a dramatically lower total cost of ownership than any comparable network security device. In addition, the fan less, sealed design is dust, smoke, extreme heat and cold resistant, combining for a set-and-forget operation that is unequaled.

     

    "We are excited to address commercial markets that deal with environmental extremes that exceed traditional IT environments," noted Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. "Owl has always been an innovative technology leader, and with the launch of this product we have cemented our position well ahead of the market. No other comparable product runs as long, operates in such extremes, or presents such an overall value."

     

    Designed for customers with minimal bandwidth requirements, the OPDS-5D offers a cost of ownership advantage that makes it readily deployable for single installations or broad deployments across fleets, networks, pipelines or grids. It easily meets the needs of all critical infrastructure sectors (energy, financial, transportation, communications, etc.), operating in facilities with single, multiple, local or remote systems. And like all Owl hardware-based network security solutions, the OPDS-5D is inherently immune to vulnerabilities found in software-based solutions, and is uniquely capable of simultaneously transferring a variety of data types within multiple data flows.

     

    For more information about the OPDS-5D and Owl's full range of cybersecurity products, including use cases, white papers, and case studies, please visit the Owl Resource Library.

  • October 3, 2016 - Owl Computing Technologies to Speak on Industrial Control System Cybersecurity in Japan

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies to Speak on Industrial Control System Cybersecurity in Japan

    Owl to address top Japanese cybersecurity talent from critical infrastructure industries

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, October 3, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies (www.owlcti.com), Inc., a data diode cybersecurity solutions provider, is proud to announce it will be presenting cybersecurity protection strategies for industrial control systems (ICS) at the upcoming S4xJapan ICS Security Conference in Tokyo on October 14, 2016. This event, focused on industrial control system (ICS) / SCADA cybersecurity, will examine advanced concepts and recommendations for ICS cybersecurity controls. This includes business and operations technology (OT) strategy, offensive and defensive ICS security sessions, future trends and related fields.

     

    Mr. Dennis Lanahan, Director World Wide Channel Partnerships & International Sales for Owl, will be presenting key concepts from the seven strategies for security controls recommended by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect industrial control systems in critical infrastructure. These recommendations include reducing attack surfaces, providing remote monitoring without remote access, and defense in depth strategies using best practices like application white listing, use of data diodes, locking down unused ports and services and using one-way communication whenever possible. Mr. Lanahan will be accompanied by senior members of Japan Direx Corporation, Owl's master distributor in Japan.

     

    "Industrial control systems, especially those in the energy sector, are experiencing ever increasing cyberattacks," noted Dr. Ronald Mraz, President & CEO of Owl Computing Technologies. "The U.S. nuclear energy industry has invested significantly in defining and implementing cybersecurity measures to protect their plants and facilities. As Japan continues to bring their nuclear fleets back online, they are looking to implement current best practices from around the world. This event allows us to share some of our experiences and use cases with the operators in Japan."

     

    This one-day event brings together the top Japanese ICS security talent from equipment providers, owner/operators, the government, consulting groups and industry experts. The opening keynote speaker is Hiroshi Ito, Deputy Director-General for Cybersecurity and Information Technology at METI, and the closing keynote is William Saito, named by Nikkei as one of the "100 Most Influential People for Japan". At the event Owl and Direx staff will be demonstrating Owl's latest solutions for critical infrastructure including the market's only compact data diode DIN rail solution.

  • September 14, 2016 - Owl's Products Accepted Into NATO Information Assurance Product Catalog

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies' Products Accepted Into NATO Information Assurance Product Catalog

    Ongoing operational success with member countries prompts NATO

    to add two Owl data diode solutions to its cybersecurity product catalog

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, September 14, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies (www.owlcti.com), Inc., a leading provider of deterministic data diode cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce that NATO has added two of its cybersecurity solutions to the NATO Information Assurance Product Catalog (NIAPC). The NIAPC provides civilian and military bodies within NATO nations a catalog of recommended cybersecurity products; making it quicker and easier to find approved solutions to meet operational requirements.

     

    "We are ecstatic that NATO has recognized the field successes of the Owl products as demonstrated in various NATO countries over the last several years," noted Peter Hoinville, founder and Managing Director of 4Secure, Owl's master distributor for Europe. "We have worked diligently with government and defense for over a decade to deliver data diode solutions to meet a variety of cybersecurity needs and this reflects those efforts."

     

    The recent additions to the NATO product log are the Owl 2500 Communication Card Kit and the Owl Perimeter Defense Multi-Purpose (OPDS-MP) solution. The Owl 2500 Communication Card Kit is a server-based solution capable of data transfer at 2.488 Gbps. The OPDS-MP is a single, all-in-one 19" 1U rackmount solution capable of transfer speeds up to 155 Mbps. Both solutions are EAL4 Common Criteria certified and can process multiple protocols and data flows simultaneously.

     

    "This is a significant milestone for Owl Computing Technologies and 4Secure," commented Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. "We have a long and recognized history of supporting the cybersecurity needs of intelligence, defense and government agencies in the U.S. and those of U.S. allies, including NATO countries. 4Secure has done a tremendous job of extending that support into Europe and now working with NATO for the addition of these products into the NIAPC."

  • September 9, 2016 - Owl Granted Patent for World's Smallest Data Diode Cybersecurity Technology

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Granted Patent for World’s Smallest Data Diode Cybersecurity Technology

    Potential for miniature Data Diode to be used in vehicles and medical devices

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, September 9, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of deterministic data diode cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce that it has been granted a new technology patent for the world’s smallest data diode. This hardware-based data diode is as small as a quarter and could potentially open the door to many new miniature and mobile cybersecurity solutions. Owl now has 27 U.S. issued patents and this patent (US9305189) again demonstrates Owl’s leading edge advancements in cybersecurity technology.

     

    As cited by the Department of Homeland Security, network segmentation with one-way data diode communications is a proven way to reduce network attack surfaces, create a defendable environment, and implement secure remote monitoring. A network segment is created by cordoning off a group of cyber assets (digital controls, servers, databases, file systems) such that they can interact with each other but aren’t accessible by external resources. The data diode provides network segmentation while simultaneously enabling monitoring information from within the segment to be transferred to external end-users for remote monitoring and other uses.

     

    Until now, network segments were typically defined as larger entities like power plants, data centers, substations, or large databases. Going forward, this new technology will enable network segments to get smaller, providing better security with only authorized entities allowed within the segment. With a miniature data diode, the segments could be as small as a single digital controller on a turbine, the control systems in a crane at construction site, a car going down the highway, or even small enough to defend a medical device like a pacemaker.

     

    “The technology behind this patent opens up significant possibilities,” noted Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. “Hardware-based cybersecurity is proven to be more secure than software solutions and now this miniature technology provides access to areas that couldn’t be reached before. As the Internet of Things expands to connect more and more of our devices, security must also advance to protect them from potential cyber threats – our very lives could depend on it.”

     

    For more information about Owl’s range of cybersecurity products, including a number of different use cases, white papers and case studies, please visit the Owl Resource Library.

     

  • June 21, 2016 - Owl Computing Technologies CEO to Present Data Diode Cybersecurity Solutions at ISA POWID/EPRI

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies CEO to Present Data Diode Cybersecurity Solutions at ISA POWID/EPRI

    Dr. Ronald Mraz to Speak About Using Data Diodes to Protect Critical Infrastructure

    at Annual Power Generation Symposium

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, June 21, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of deterministic data diode cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce that Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO, will be speaking at the upcoming ISA POWID/EPRI symposium on the subject of data diodes.  Dr. Mraz will be presenting a holistic overview of data diode technology including the difference between generic and intelligent data diodes.

     

    The ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have joined together to present the 59th edition of the ISA POWID/EPRI Symposium. The Symposium will be held June 27-30 in Charlotte, NC at the Electric Power Research Institute Conference Center. The event provides power generation industry leaders with information on the latest innovations including cybersecurity, SmartGrid, controls, and regulatory issues.

     

    During the presentation, Dr. Mraz will address the use of data diodes for network segmentation and cybersecurity of industrial control systems. He will be focusing specifically on the Department of Homeland Security's new guidance for protecting Industrial Control Systems. The DHS recommends seven strategies (see DHS Seven Strategies) to address cybersecurity threats, including the use of data diodes, and Dr. Mraz will describe how these recommendations can be implemented and are being employed today.

     

    Owl has been serving power generation, transmission and distribution operators for many years with its data diode-based Perimeter Defense Solutions. These solutions can be deployed in a variety of environments (nuclear, fossil, hydro, substations, etc.) and are helping operators meet the requirements of NERC-CIP 002-009, the NRC and NIST SP800-82.

     

    "As demonstrated by the DHS paper, data diodes are becoming more prevalent and important in cybersecurity architectures," noted Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. "We are always excited about the opportunity to share best practices with operators and show them how data diodes are being used today to protect a variety of critical infrastructure environments."

     

    For more information about Owl's range of cybersecurity products, including a number of different use cases for the electric utility market, please visit the Owl Resource Library.

  • June 16, 2016 - Owl Computing Technologies Forms Distribution Partnership with Japan Direx Corporation

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Forms Distribution Partnership with Japan Direx Corporation

    Direx to provide Owl cybersecurity products to Japanese critical infrastructure market

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, June 16, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of deterministic data diode network cybersecurity solutions, is proud to announce that the Japan Direx Corporation, based in Tokyo, Japan, will be serving as its master distributor for the Japanese market. This partnership will expand Owl's market reach across Japan and provide a strong local sales, training, and support presence.

     

    Direx has been in business since 1973 and has extensive network analysis, intelligence and security experience across critical infrastructure industries. Access to Owl cybersecurity products, designed specifically to secure industrial control system networks, will significantly increase their ability to address the cybersecurity concerns of many Japanese-operated utilities and other critical infrastructure industries. As Owl's master distributor, Direx will be working directly with end-users and resellers in the region.

     

    "Japan is incorporating many of the same cybersecurity best practices and recommendations that the United States has implemented for nuclear power plants, electrical generation plants, and transmission and distribution facilities," noted Dennis Lanahan – Director of Worldwide Channel Partnerships & International Sales at Owl. "Direx has already seen significant interest in Owl products from power generation and distribution utilities and are anxious to start implementing solutions."

     

    Owl has been serving various critical infrastructure industries (oil & gas, chemical, water/wastewater, power generation, etc.), for nine years and offers proven data diode-based cybersecurity solutions that are widely deployed across the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Products offered for industrial control systems scale from 2 Mbps all the way up to 10 Gbps and are designed for a broad range of industrial control systems, protocols, and standards including: SCADA, PLCs, OPC, Modbus, historians, databases, NERC-CIP 002-009, ANSI/IS-62443, and NIST SP800-82.

     

    "We are excited about the partnership and the opportunity to start working with Direx, they offer excellent expertise and knowledge of Japanese critical infrastructure industries," said Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. "This new partnership represents an opportunity to utilize our off-the-shelf, proven technology to help protect Japan's operators and customers. We believe it will be well received in the marketplace and drive significant opportunities for Owl and Direx."

     

     

    About Japan Direx Corporation

    Since its founding in 1973, Japan Direx Corp. has pursued technologies and methodologies for network traffic metrics and predictive analysis. Focused on transforming the world's networks through real-time network intelligence analysis, Direx offers solutions that dramatically improve network communication quality and security. Services include design and integration of information communication networks, maintenance services, hardware components, software development, manufacturing, sales, rental and import and export services. Committed to the success of their customers, Direx is dedicated to building reliable networks that meet the needs of major domestic enterprises.

  • June 14, 2016 - Owl Computing Technologies Relaunches Upgraded Corporate Website

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Relaunches Upgraded Corporate Website

    Refreshed website features improved design and expanded content, including a brand new resource library

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, June 14, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider, is proud to announce the recent launch of their updated website. The website includes new styling and branding along with dedicated content for both DoD/Intelligence customers and critical infrastructure customers.

     

    The new website provides easy-to-find information based on capabilities, sectors, and use cases. Whether a visitor to the website is looking for a specific capability, like full motion video transfer, or how Owl solutions help protect nuclear plants, or an explanation of what a data diode is, there is comprehensive content available to answer these questions and educate visitors.

     

    The website also boasts a new Resource Library that contains over 60 documents, including technical information on products and solutions, case studies, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), whitepapers and a number of other resources.

     

    "Our new website provides our customers with practical and useful content on our data diode cybersecurity solutions, including tailored content for the different vertical markets we serve," said Dr. Ronald Mraz, President & CEO of Owl. "Data diodes are a relatively new cybersecurity concept to some and we have gone the extra mile in developing relevant content to make sure visitors understand how our solutions can help to protect their networks and the wide range of environments they operate in."

     

    Owl invites the public to explore its new website, check out the solutions proudly offered to military, intelligence and critical infrastructure communities and visit the Contact Us page to request a demonstration, quote, or more information.

  • June 8, 2016 - Owl Computing Technologies to Speak on Cybersecurity for the IIoT

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies to Speak on Cybersecurity for the IIoT

    Owl invited to speak at the annual Rockwell Automation TechEd on data diode cybersecurity solutions

    for the Industrial Internet of Things

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, June 8, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider, is proud to announce two upcoming speaking engagements at the Rockwell Automation TechEd. TechEd is an annual week-long educational event that provides over 170 hands-on labs, technical sessions and discussion forums, designed to help attendees (machine builders, integrators, technical personnel) with continuing education regarding industrial control systems.

     

    Mr. Dennis Lanahan from Owl has been invited to provide an educational presentation to attendees on the use of data diode cybersecurity for protecting industrial control systems which are a significant part of the Industrial Internet of Things. The Owl presentation will occur on Monday June 13th at 3pm and again on Wednesday June 15th at 2pm.  Owl has been a Rockwell Automation Encompass partner since 2013 and throughout the week Owl will also be performing live demos of their cybersecurity solution that interoperates with Rockwell Automation equipment and software.

     

    "As documented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), hundreds of incursions into industrial control systems are reported each year," noted Dr. Ronald Mraz, President & CEO of Owl. "To help protect these systems, the DHS has provided guidance for protecting industrial controls systems which includes the use of data diodes. Owl has been securing critical infrastructure networks for over nine years and we appreciate the opportunity to share those experiences with operators trying to protect their networks."

     

    To learn more about the guidance provided by the DHS see DHS Seven Steps and to learn how Owl has already put these recommendations to use and deployed them, download the whitepaper OPDS Supports DHS Seven Strategies.

  • April 26, 2016 - Owl's Data Diodes Support DHS Recommendations for Defending Industrial Control Systems

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies' Data Diodes Support Department Of Homeland Security Recommendations

    for Defending Industrial Control Systems

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, April 26, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider, has released a whitepaper describing how its DualDiode Technology supports the cybersecurity strategies laid out by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to defend Industrial Control Systems (ICSs).

     

    These strategies, described in a report issued by the DHS, FBI and NSA on defending critical infrastructure from cyberattacks, recommend the use of data diodes for several of the strategies.  The report also notes that 98%, of the hundreds of attacks reported to the ICS-CERT (Industrial Control Systems – Cyber Emergency Response Team), could have been prevented if these strategies had been implemented.

     

    "We are encouraged to see that the DHS is recommending data diodes as a part of an overall Defense In Depth strategy," stated Dr. Ronald Mraz, CEO & President of Owl. "No single product can protect against all manner of attack, however we are proud that our DualDiode products are deployed and protecting critical infrastructure just as described in the report."

     

    The strategies described by the DHS paper ("Seven Steps to Effectively Defend Industrial Control Systems") cover network segmentation, white listing, reduced attack surfaces, secure remote monitoring, authentication, management of patches & updates and remote access. The Owl white paper breaks down each of the strategies and describes, with diagrams, how the DualDiode Technology can play a part in each one.  The whitepaper concludes by detailing how each of the seven strategies is also incorporated into the architecture of the Owl data diode products; thus providing a data diode solution that not only helps critical infrastructure operators defend their industrial control systems but one that also defends itself from attack.

  • April 19, 2016 - Owl's CEO Addresses Two Cybersecurity Conferences

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies CEO Addresses Two Cybersecurity Conferences

    Dr. Ronald Mraz to Speak About Powerful Single Box Cross Domain Solutions and Dept. of Homeland

    Security Strategies for Defending Industrial Control Systems

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, April 19, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider, is proud to announce that Dr. Ronald Mraz, President & CEO, will be speaking at the upcoming AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium.

     

    This Classified event is taking place on April 20th and 21st at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Springfield, VA campus. Organized to examine the factors that are shaping the future of intelligence gathering and use, Dr. Mraz will speaking about the availability of cross domain solutions in a single 1U 19" rackmount solution.

     

    Dr. Mraz also had the opportunity to speak at the 11th Annual Cyber and Information Security Research Conference at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on April 6th 2016. At this event Dr. Mraz discussed the Department of Homeland Security's new guidance for protecting Industrial Control Systems. He related how this guidance includes the use of data diode technology in a number of ways to protect industrial control systems from cyberattack while providing operations data to end-users outside of the plant. As noted in the presentation, the Owl Perimeter Defense Solutions facilitate all the recommendations made by the DHS and are already deployed and in-use. See DHS Seven Strategies for more information.

     

    "Hardware-based data diode cybersecurity continues to grow in importance as software solutions get repeatedly compromised," said Dr. Ronald Mraz, President & CEO of Owl. "We appreciate the opportunity to get out and speak about this technology to audiences that are concerned about supporting the intelligence community and the safety of our critical infrastructure operators."

  • March 30, 2016 - Owl Announces Three New Cross Domain Cybersecurity Capabilities

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Announces Three New Cross Domain Cybersecurity Capabilities

    Accredited Single-Box Solution Supports File Transfer, Event Messaging and NFS

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, March 30, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider, announced today that it has three new cross domain solutions ready for demonstration. Cross Domain solutions represent the most stringent cybersecurity solutions for the DoD and Intelligence community. Owl has been providing cross domain capabilities since 1998 and currently supports all branches of the U.S. military. These three new solutions expand on Owl's existing broad offering.

     

    All three solutions operate on Owl's single box SFF (Small Form Factor) platform. Steve Staubly, Director of Product Development at Owl noted, "The SFF is a powerful 1U solution with greatly reduced SWAP (size, weight and power) requirements. Comparable systems may require up to 13 servers to provide the same capabilities, significantly increasing the footprint of those systems."

     

    These three new capabilities (file, event messaging and NFS transfers) are all based on Owl products that are already UCDSMO (Unified Cross Domain Services Management Office) validated and Baseline listed. Using products already listed on the UCDSMO Baseline is extremely important to Cross Domain users as it allows them to significantly simplify the accreditation process and deploy very quickly.

     

    Based on Owl's OCDS-FT01 validated product, the OCDS-FT15 is Owl's first 1U accredited solution for file transfer spanning multiple security levels and is an UCDSMO candidate. The Baseline validated Owl OCDS-ST06, used for streaming data, now uses a more flexible UDP structure for secure transfer of event messages like Syslog and SNMP. And the Owl Multi-level Data Retrieval Service (MDRS), which provides a seamless NFS proxy service across a dual-path transfer platform, is also now available on the 1U platform.

     

    "These three new functions are an example of our on-going effort to continually expand the capabilities of our accredited solutions product line," said Dr. Ronald Mraz, President and CEO of Owl. "Owl takes real pride in how long we have been protecting the networks of the U.S. military on so many different fronts."

  • March 1, 2016 - Owl to Demonstrate Nuclear Industry Compliance Capabilities at NEI Cybersecurity Workshop

     

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    Owl to Demonstrate Nuclear Industry Compliance Capabilities at NEI Cybersecurity Workshop

    Owl to demonstrate upgradeable single appliance cybersecurity solution at upcoming Nuclear Energy Institute Cybersecurity Implementation Workshop to help operators meet NRC 571 Compliance

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, March 1, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider, has been protecting the nation’s nuclear power plants for over eight years. With the latest release of the Owl Perimeter Defense Solution (OPDS) product line, Owl now provides a single box solution that not only supports multiple data types and data flows simultaneously but also provides bandwidth upgrades via software licenses.

     

    “This latest release of the OPDS product line establishes it as the most flexible and powerful, single box solution on the market,” stated Sal Morlando, Director of Operations at Owl. “Customers are now in a position to ‘right-size’ their solution, purchasing for today’s needs with the knowledge they can expand in the future as needed.”

     

    As part of their on-going mission, Owl protects Critical Digital Assets (CDAs) within nuclear power plants with a hardware-enforced, deterministic one-way only data diode solution. This helps operators meet the one-way communication requirements in the Regulatory Guide 5.71 for maintaining one-way only communications between Level 4 and Level 3, and between Level 3 and Level 2.

     

    At the NEI Workshop, March 1st – 3rd, in Seattle, attendees will have the opportunity to see the OPDS-100, OPDS-100D and the OPDS-1000 products.  Designed to out-live normal enterprise class servers, these industrial grade solutions are intended to stay in production use 3-4 times longer than normal IT equipment with much more frequent refresh rates.

     

    The OPDS 1U and DIN rail appliance products support multiple data streams across a range of data interfaces (files, streaming data, historians, databases, syslog messages, email, SNMP traps, etc.) from various vendors simultaneously. The solutions also scale from 10Mbps to 1Gbps, allowing operators to deploy a single box to both protect their plants and transfer all types of data at high bandwidths very reliably.

     

    “We are pleased that with advances in technology we can now offer a more comprehensive solution to the nuclear industry with an even better ROI,” said Dr. Ronald Mraz, President & CEO of Owl. “These solutions are very versatile allowing operators to meet NRC regulatory requirements, providing licensing flexibility & expandability and offering a much longer life span than comparable solutions.”

  • February 23, 2016 - Owl Receives Cybersecurity Patent to Secure Industrial Control Networks

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Receives Cybersecurity Patent to Secure Industrial Control Networks

    DualDiode defined as network security device for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, February 23, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider, is proud to announce its latest patent related to cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure digital assets.  Owl now has 24 U.S. issued patents and this patent (US9094401) clearly defines the role Owl’s DualDiode plays in protecting the digital control systems used by industrial processes such as oil & gas refining, power generation, mining, LNG production, water treatment, etc.

     

    For critical infrastructure operators, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) are key components of today’s automated facilities.  These devices are specifically designed digital computers used to manage different industrial controls (valves, motors, switches, servos, etc.) and play a large role in the Industrial Internet of Things. However, with the increased automation and connectivity of digitally controlled processes, the cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities have also increased.

     

    This patent demonstrates how the Owl Perimeter Defense Solution (OPDS) protects a plant or facility from cyber-attack. Sitting between the vulnerable PLC and an open network where threats originate, the data diode based OPDS mitigates network based threats against the PLC while simultaneously allowing operational data (events, alarms, log messages, etc.) to be transferred to end-users outside the plant or facility.

     

    Already implemented and deployed across a range of OPDS products, Owl’s solution is interoperable with a number of industrial control vendors, and is currently protecting hundreds of plants and industrial facilities globally.

     

    “This patent proves again how Owl continues to be a thought leader and innovator in cybersecurity for the process control industry,” said Dr. Ron Mraz, CEO of Owl. “It represents a large step forward in identifying technology that can provide absolute cybersecurity for both new and existing industrial control systems.”

  • February 9, 2016 - Owl Partners with Cybirical to Provide Cybersecurity for Substations at DISTRIBUTECH

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Partners with Cybirical to Provide

    Cybersecurity for Substations at DISTRIBUTECH

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, February 9, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider, will be demonstrating a number of different remote monitoring use cases at DISTRIBUTECH this week. Owl’s partner Cybirical is simulating a substation environment on the show floor and generating alerts that are passing through a secure perimeter provided by Owl’s OPDS-100.

     

    Owl is capable of securely transferring files, alarms, alerts, SNMP traps, SIEM and many other data types in a Non-ERC solution.  For the demonstration at Cybiricial’s booth (#963), a replica substation has been built that contains the relay and control equipment normally found in a substation. The OPDS-100 is acting as a consolidation point for all alerts and alarms generated within the substation, securely transferring them across the network perimeter and delivering them to remote locations.  In this demonstration, Owl is using email as the delivery mechanism for the alerts and alarms.

     

    At the Owl booth (#350), in addition to receiving the email alerts, the Owl OPMS browser based application will be running and tracking alerts from the OPDS-100.  OPMS is another example of a way users can remotely view activity and transactions on the OPDS-100.  Owl will also be demonstrating several deterministic, one-way only data diode solutions currently being used in power generation and transmission & distribution environments.

     

     “We are pleased to partner with Cybirical and demonstrate how the OPDS-100 works straight out of the box to support data from a variety of vendors,” said Dr. Ron Mraz, President & CEO of Owl. “DISTRIBUTech offers a great opportunity to showcase the interoperability of our solutions with different vendors and how we provide secure, remote monitoring 24x7."

  • February 2, 2016 - Owl Secures Substations With Data Diode Cybersecurity Solution

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Secures Substations With Data Diode Cybersecurity Solution

    Owl to demonstrate Substation cybersecurity solutions at upcoming DISTRIBUTECH Expo

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, February 2, 2016 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider, is now protecting substations around the U.S. with its’ DualDiode® Technology. After working closely with a number of equipment providers who serve the substation market, Owl’s OPDS-100 and OPDS-100D are now protecting digital control systems for equipment like static VAR compensators and FACTS (Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems). Interested parties will be able to see demonstrations of these solutions at the upcoming DISTRIBUTECH Conference and Exhibition February 9-11th in Orlando.

     

    The Owl Perimeter Defense Solution (OPDS) is a deterministic, one-way only solution that establishes a secure cyber perimeter around the substation. It mitigates cyberattacks, while simultaneously allowing monitoring data (syslog, SNMP traps, SIEM, alerts, events) to be securely and continuously transferred to remote users. This provides benefits for both the T&D operators and the equipment providers. For operators, deploying a Non-ERC data diode solution reduces their obligations to meet NERC-CIP compliance, saving time and resources. For equipment providers and operators, they can receive monitoring information remotely 24x7 and keep tabs on performance and operating conditions without having to maintain a presence on-site.

     

    “Media reports of attacks on critical infrastructure are now commonplace,” said Dr. Ron Mraz, President & CEO of Owl. “Protecting substations is another step forward in securing the overall reliability of the grid.”

     

    For more information about Owl’s range of cybersecurity products stop by booth #350 at DISTRIBUTECH

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Press Releases « 2015

  • December 15, 2015 - Owl Applies Cybersecurity to Database Replication

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Applies Cybersecurity to Database Replication

    Secure replication of SQL databases across network security boundaries now available

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, December 15, 2015 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider, is proud to announce the availability of the Secure Database Transfer Service (SDTS), Owl’s secure relational database replication application. Designed for interoperability with all major relational database systems, SDTS has been tested with Oracle 11 and Microsoft’s SQL Server. The SDTS application is deployed in conjunction with Owl’s DualDiode® Technology and facilitates replication of RDBMS data across the security boundary of a network.

     

    Databases have become high profile targets and as enterprises improve their security posture they are designating certain databases as sensitive and building high security domains around them. This includes implementing DualDiode® technology as the next layer of defense beyond traditional firewalls to create secure network domains. Utilizing the DualDiode as the underlying security infrastructure, SDTS uses a proprietary (patent pending) database query algorithm to perform extremely reliable real-time database replication between source and destination databases in these new network security domains.

     

    For example, SDTS could replicate data from a high security source database to a “read only” database on a different security domain, thereby protecting the source from cyberattack but allowing users to access a copy of the data. Highly scalable, SDTS can be configured to query and replicate an entire database or a subset of the database.

     

    SDTS also employs a patent pending automatic backfill of data in the event of network outage, ensuring source and destination databases are synchronized once network operation is restored.

     

    “The release of SDTS again demonstrates how Owl builds on core expertise to provide cybersecurity solutions across different technologies,” said Dr. Ron Mraz, President & CEO of Owl. “By offering scalable replication, automatic backfill and the ability to do complete or partial replication, we address multiple pain points our customers face in securing their databases.”

  • September 15, 2015 - Owl Deploys Full Motion Video Cybersecurity Solution For Department of Defense

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Deploys Full Motion Video Cybersecurity Solution For Department of Defense

    Solution protects aggregation point for air and land based reconnaissance video

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, September 15, 2015 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network cyber security solutions provider, is pleased to announce the deployment of the Owl Cross Domain Solution- Small Form Factor (OCDS-SFF) to securely transfer full motion video from air and ground based assets into secure analyst enclaves for rapid interpretation and action.

     

    As part of its on-going, self-funded support of the U.S. Department of Defense, Owl developed the OCDS-SFF as a highly secure, data diode based Cross Domain Solution, with reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP), to meet broad based mission capabilities. The OCDS-SFF mitigates the threat of malware infecting the ground based network while preventing any leakage of information out of the classified network.

     

    The OCDS-SFF was selected by the DoD to meet the critical security needs of a common ground station supporting expeditionary missions. For this deployment, the OCDS-SFF was called on to transfer multiple streams of high quality video, including meta data, from unclassified airborne platforms to ground based classified networks.

     

    As a compact, single box Cross Domain Solution, with an existing body of evidence and accreditation, Owl was able to quickly tailor the core capabilities of the OCDS-SFF to fit the needs of the DoD and deploy the OCDS-ST06 (Owl Cross Domain Solution-Streaming Transfer) for this mission.

     

    Deemed to have high value and wide applicability, the OCDS-ST06 was accredited in accordance with NIST 800-53 and UCDSMO guidance allowing reuse of the OCDS-ST06 within the DOD and U.S. intelligence agencies and now appears on the UCDSMO Baseline product list. The unique capabilities of the OCDS-ST06 creates a cost-effective security solution for the common ground station program; supporting a multitude of unmanned airborne platforms with the built-in ability to expand capacity for future growth.

  • September 9, 2015 - Owl Identified as a Specialized ICS Security Provider By Gartner

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Identified as a Specialized ICS Security Provider By Gartner

    High awareness of cyber-threats driving interest in network security solutions

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, September 9, 2015 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider, is proud to announce that Gartner has identified it as a “Specialist ICS Security Tool” provider. In its recent research paper “Market Trends: Industrial Control System Security, 2015”, Gartner identifies Owl as a specialist provider of network security solutions for industrial control environments.

     

    Industrial control systems (ICSs) are used in the automation of many different industrial processes such as oil and gas production, electricity generation and distribution, water treatment, utilities, etc.  As these systems have become more interconnected and part of the Industrial Internet of Things, Gartner has noted that, “To a significant degree, the growing security problems impacting ICS have originated from the fact that ICSs are increasingly less and less isolated from outside networks and systems, and ICSs are now more susceptible and vulnerable to attacks.”

     

    In their research paper Gartner separates different types of cybersecurity solutions and specifies that “Among the more popular approaches to add a security layer to ICS platforms is deployment of security tools that focus on the network layer. A network security approach provides the most effective measure to secure legacy systems where direct management is not feasible/possible, offering high scalability, and creating an access control point to apply monitoring and enforce identity and access control.” As a specialist in this type of network based cybersecurity for over 16 years, Owl is now protecting the ICS systems of hundreds of facilities and plants globally.

     

    “We are glad to see that the cyberthreats facing industrial control systems are being recognized,” said Dr. Ron Mraz, CEO of Owl. “Network based cybersecurity solutions can be a key component of an operators Defense in Depth cybersecurity strategy.”

  • June 2, 2015 - DualDiode Communication Cards Receive Common Criteria Security Certification

     

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    DualDiode Communication Cards Receive Common Criteria Security Certification

    Version 7 of Communication Cards Now EAL Certified

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, June 2, 2015 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network security solutions provider, is pleased to announce that the latest generation of DualDiode Communication Cards are now certified at Evaluation Assurance Level 2 (EAL2) security trustworthiness.

     

    The CSC Security Testing/Certification Laboratories performed the actual evaluation of the new v7 DualDiode Communication Cards. As a third-party, the laboratory provides evaluation services for determining the trustworthiness of Information Technology (IT) security products. They conducted the evaluation using the Common Methodology for Information Technology Security Evaluation and found that the cards are conformant with all security assurance requirements listed for EAL2. This certification is recognized by 26 different countries globally.

     

    Commenting on this latest certification, Ron Mraz, President and CEO stated that “As a trusted partner and supplier to both the critical infrastructure industries and the U.S. government, we take the security of our products very seriously and always use third parties to make sure we get it right.”

     

  • May 11, 2015 - Owl Deploys Enterprise Cybersecurity Solution in Oil and Gas Industry

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Deploys Enterprise Cybersecurity Solution in Oil and Gas Industry

    High availability data diode solution deployed for Critical Infrastructure

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, May 11, 2015 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider, is proud to announce that a global tier one oil and gas company has deployed a fully redundant Owl cybersecurity solution with load balancing. This enterprise wide solution serves a large number of plants and facilities dispersed over a large geographic area. The scalability and flexibility of the Owl Perimeter Defense Solution (OPDS) permitted the customer to deploy the same security policies across a variety of plant sizes and protect the corporate enterprise as well.

     

    The solution uses Owl’s standard perimeter defense product line with hardware enforced one-way DualDiode® Technology This solution protects the plant industrial control systems from cyber-attack, verifies only permitted data is released from the plants for remote use, and insures only authorized data is accepted into the corporate networks. This implementation restores data flows between the plants and the corporate network after air gaps were instituted to protect from attack. The customer is also utilizing the native capability of OPDS to transfer syslog network health messages, thereby providing network management information for remote network monitoring.

     

    A key element was the implementation of the market-leading Owl PI (OSIsoft) Transfer Service (OPTS) application. OPTS replicates PI data from the plants to the corporate office allowing secure and efficient sharing of critical plant operation data with plant personnel and corporate end-users. The high-availability implementation included redundant Owl perimeter defense solutions at the plant sites, Owl Performance Management Service applications at two separate data centers for geographic redundancy, redundant Owl security solutions at the two data centers, and a Load Balancing and Failover solution in each data center to manage data flow and redundant PI Historians.

     

    This is one of Owl’s newest energy industry customers. And while this robust, enterprise wide solution protects 70 isolated enclaves and enables redundant, secure centralized monitoring, it was implemented just nine months after purchase order acceptance. “This is a comprehensive solution and really demonstrates how important redundancy is in cybersecurity design to maintain plant reliability and availability,” said Dr. Ron Mraz, President & CEO of Owl. “The security attributes of data diodes have been essential to military and intelligence operations for many years. Critical infrastructure providers now recognize the benefits to their operations and are making data diodes an integral part of their cybersecurity designs.”

  • March 19, 2015 - Owl Secures Department Of Defense Network

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies Secures Department Of Defense Network

    Solution improves network awareness with new product offering

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, March 19, 2015 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network security solutions provider, is proud to announce the launch of its Enterprise Packet Transfer Service (EPTS) for use in securing large, high-speed enterprise networks.

     

    One of the first installations was for a U. S. Department of Defense command that had a need to perform meta-data analytics on the entire data stream traversing a ten gigabit network gateway. Deployed in conjunction with Owl’s patented DualDiode Technology®, the EPTS is now securely transferring high volume data in a constant, steady stream from an unclassified network to a classified network. Several additional deployments are planned.

     

    In this deployment the EPTS is transferring raw Ethernet packets. This novel approach creates a highly efficient and secure transfer method that allows EPTS to operate at full line rate and match the data speeds of the gateway.

     

    Utilizing a previously accepted and approved solution, Owl adapted its DualDiode solution to quickly obtain the necessary approvals for operational deployment. The DualDiode platform also inherently supports network health monitoring, external threat checking, and intrusion analysis.

  • January 14, 2015 - Owl receives patent for secure network file sharing over data diodes

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies receives patent for secure network file sharing over data diodes

    Users securely access data on remote networks in the cloud

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, January 11, 2015 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network security and information solutions provider, is pleased to announce the receipt of another patent for work in securing network communications against cyber threats.

     

    This latest patent allows users to do secure file sharing across isolated or segmented networks. Users can “reach down” to files housed at a different security level, obtain immediate access to portions of very large files and access files in enterprise networks as well as in the cloud.

     

    As more enterprises recognize the cybersecurity threats facing them, they have implemented defensive strategies for segmenting and isolating different parts of their operations. While this provides excellent protection from many cyber threats, it can separate users from the files they need and make working with those files difficult.

     

    Owl Computing’s new technology allows users to maintain secure and isolated domains while requesting and accessing files through a transparent and secure implementation of the Network File Sharing (NFS) protocol. The traditional two way communication path used by NFS is separated via data diodes into two discrete, single direction paths (request & response). Each path passes through a distinct data diode which protects the integrity of each network while allowing files to be exchanged between them.

     

    Dr. Ron Mraz, CEO and patent holder, noted “Isolating networks is an incredible defense mechanism but isn’t great for productivity. Allowing users to access files on demand in the cloud or in other network domains, while keeping their network secure, is a real game changer.”

Press Releases « 2014

  • October 15, 2014 - Owl President Addresses Global Cybersecurity Conference

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies® President Addresses Global Cybersecurity Conference

    Dr. Ron Mraz speaks on combating cyber-attacks at annual security meeting

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, October 15, 2014 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network security solutions provider, is proud to announce that President & CEO Dr. Ron Mraz presented at this year’s New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) Cybersecurity Conference in New York City.

     

    The conference, which took place on September 18, 2014 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, addressed a broad range of topics on privacy, systems security and the Internet of Things. An invited panel of experts addressed all facets of cybersecurity relevant to businesses, governments and individuals. The conference drew leaders from major corporations and government institutions, including the U.S. National Security Agency, the FBI and the US Military Academy at West Point, to network and gain insight on further exploration of advanced defense developments.

     

    As a member of the panel “The Protection of Critical Infrastructure, Organizations, and Individuals against Cyber Attacks, Dr. Mraz addressed the topic of Combating Cyber Attacks With 21st-Century Technologies. For over a decade, Dr. Mraz has been designing solutions to address cybersecurity threats and was asked to share his expertise on hardware enforced one-way cyber protection solutions. These types of solutions maintain the operational integrity of networks while allowing data to be securely transmitted out of the network without permitting any in-bound threats.

     

    Dr. Mraz’s participation underscores Owl’s on-going relationship with NYIT. This relationship allows Owl to aid in the educational advancement of students and research projects in NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Recently, Owl donated a range of network grade equipment and security products to the university. This equipment allows students to develop real-world security solutions and test them in their labs and classrooms.

  • September 29, 2014 - Owl Responds to the Bash/ShellShock Vulnerability

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies® responds to the Bash/ShellShock vulnerability

    Owl’s one-way DualDiode is enforced in hardware and mitigates this risk

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, September 29, 2014 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network security and information solutions provider, has performed an analysis of the GNU Bash Shellshock vulnerability recently reported in Vulnerability Note VU#252743.

     

    Analysis confirms that Owl’s DualDiode Technology®, a hardware enforced one way transfer solution, provides security which cannot be compromised by the Bash Shellshock Vulnerability. The DualDiode Technology® effectively isolates server networks from all such threats and is designed to fail safe even in the event of any hardware or software failure.

     

    In addition to the physical one-way design, on-board Role Based Access Control software restricts command line access and functionality. These role based restrictions leverage SE Linux policies and add another security layer that protects the applications by limiting actions and access.

     

    Ron Mraz, Ph.D., President, CEO and founder of Owl Computing Technologies, Inc. comments on the situation. “The Owl one-way policy is enforced in the hardware of the device. There is no operating system change or mechanism that will allow this one way policy to change.”

     

    If Bash is activated in host systems utilizing Data Diode hardware, please review

    https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-268A, for additional information.

  • June 27, 2014 - Owl Partners with International Society of Automation

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies® Partners with International Society of Automation

    Promotional partnership enhances service to automation industry

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, June 27, 2014 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network security solutions provider, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the International Society of Automation (ISA).

     

    ISA is an industry authority and thought leader in the automation controls space, helping solve technical problems and advancing the development of industry standards.

     

    “As a global leader in industrial automation and control systems security standards, training, certification and publishing, ISA is committed to forging relationships with other leaders in industrial cybersecurity,” remarks Jennifer Infantino, ISA’s Manager of Marketing, Communications, and Corporate Partnerships. “Owl Computing’s partnership with ISA gives them the ability to share their expertise with our audience and provide educational materials to professionals in the industries we serve.”

     

    Owl, as a leading authority for industrial cybersecurity, is proud to become a member of the 2014 Promotional Partnership Program with ISA. Over the course of the partnership, the program will help facilitate the protection of industrial automation and plant networks with Owl comprehensive security solutions.

     

    In addition to increasing Owl’s visibility in the automation industry by helping to further protect network security systems, the partnership also includes development and educational advances such as a sponsorship at the ISA Process Control and Safety Symposium.

     

    With hardware-enforced security technology that enables information sharing across automation systems, Owl is a premier solutions provider for next-generation network security.

  • June 9, 2014 - Owl Hosted 10th Annual Cross Domain Forum

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies® Hosted 10th Annual Cross Domain Forum

    Cybersecurity event showcased Enterprise Security Solutions

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, June 9, 2014 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network security solutions provider, is excited to have hosted the 10th Annual Owl Cross Domain Forum, showcasing its successful suite of network defense products.

     

    Held May 21st, 2014 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner in Vienna, Virginia, this year’s Owl Cross Domain Forum marked a significant milestone in Owl’s long history of protecting the defense and intelligence community networks against cyberattacks.

     

    The inaugural Owl Cross Domain Forum in 2005 featured hourly one-on-one appointments, with attendees that included professionals from the U.S. security agencies.

     

    This year’s 10th annual event was considerably larger. In addition to featuring a keynote presentation by Dan Nichols, the Director of the Unified Cross Domain Services Management Office, the forum included an address by Dennis Ruth, a National Defense University iCollege faculty member and Defense Information Systems Agency Visiting Chair, and demonstrations on enterprise cross domain solutions for email and chat, secure video transfer, and network monitoring.

     

    Holding true to the event’s original intent, Owl welcomed attendees from a variety of defense and intelligence communities, as well as the private sector, to provide a forum for information exchange about the growing threats against digital networks and the mitigation provided by Owl Cross Domain Solutions.

  • April 15, 2014 - Owl Contributes to New York Institute of Technology Learning Resources

     

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    Owl Contributes to New York Institute of Technology Learning Resources

    The network security firm donates equipment for educational advancement

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, April 15, 2014 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network security and information solutions provider, is proud to announce a recent collaboration with New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) to contribute equipment that will enhance learning in their engineering and computer sciences programs.

     

    The donated equipment will enhance learning in the classroom by providing students the opportunity to receive hands-on experience using equipment that is prevalent within the industry, and by teaching aspects of network security that are difficult to conceptualize outside practical application.

     

    The equipment will also facilitate research being conducted at NYIT. Potential applications for the donated equipment have a ranging utility, which includes electronic communication for surgically implanted devices, assisted living technologies, mobile device security, and healthcare information security.

     

    “The School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at New York Institute of Technology is thrilled about its partnership with Owl Computing Technologies,” says Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., dean. “We consider the donation a first step into infusing our curricula, research and classroom projects with advanced, industry-grade technology.”

     

    As part of a series of equipment donations, Owl provided NYIT the following resources: Small Form Factor products including the World’s Smallest CDS 002DS, Owl Perimeter Defense Solution, in Single Purpose and Multi-Purpose configurations; and Oracle 5120 Servers to support the University infrastructure.

     

    Owl is excited to build a strong relationship with NYIT, and is proud to help in the cultivation of the next generation of technology leaders.

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  • February 7, 2014 - Owl Deploys Electronic Security Perimeter for Water Utilities System

     

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    Owl Computing Technologies® Deploys Electronic Security Perimeter for Water Utilities System

    Secures critical water service infrastructure

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, February 7, 2014 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network security solutions provider, is pleased to announce its selection by a major US water utilities system for the deployment of an electronic security perimeter to mitigate external cyber vulnerabilities.

     

    The water utilities system is one of the largest water service providers in the southeastern United States serving over 800,000 customers. To assess risk, the utility conducted tests to identify the components of their utilities – pumps, generators, and SCADA system – that would be vulnerable to external cyber threats. The result was the isolation of a control network that included a pumping station operating at an average of 65,000,000 million gallons per day. This isolation mitigated cyber-attack vulnerabilities but created operational inefficiencies due to the elimination of plant operating data being made available to key personnel on the corporate network.

     

    The water utility recognized its valuable critical infrastructure role as one of sixteen critical infrastructure industries identified in Presidential Policy Directive 21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. The water utility also wanted to operate efficiently.

     

    The water utility sought a solution that would protect the plant operating network and provide an efficient way for control system data to be shared with the corporate network. Owl Computing Technologies was selected to provide the desired solution. The water utility deployed the Owl Secure Network Transfer System (SNTS) that utilized the proprietary Owl DualDiode Technology. This deployment enabled information to flow from the control network to the corporate network while mitigating any cyber-attack on the control network. The water utilities system was able to restore the operational reporting efficiencies that existed prior to the control network isolation. The Owl SNTS solution allowed the secure transfer of historian reports across the electronic security perimeter. This eliminated the bottleneck associated with manually moving the reports on mobile media or “sneaker net”.

     

    Additionally, the water utility implemented Owl’s Virtualscreen View Service (OV2S) application software to provide real-time images to key personnel on the corporate network from monitoring computer platforms within the control network. The Owl solution enabled engineering resources to have 24/7 access to the Wonderware HMI from remote locations, making monitoring easier of instruments and controls, increasing productivity, and adding an additional layer of critical support.

  • February 3, 2014 - Owl Deploys Enterprise Perimeter Defense Solution to Protect Power Plant Control Systems

     

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    Owl Deploys Enterprise Perimeter Defense Solution to Protect Power Plant Control Systems

    Secures electric utility networks and systems

     

    Ridgefield, Connecticut, February 3, 2014 – Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network security solutions provider, is pleased to announce the deployment of Owl’s Enterprise Perimeter Defense Solution (EPDS) in the fossil fired electric power plants of a major electric utility company in the United States. The company implemented the Owl perimeter defense solutions to adopt best practices that mitigate cybersecurity vulnerabilities and comply with North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection – protecting critical cyber assets and control systems.

     

    The company required a security solution that would allow it to maintain productive business operations while isolating and protecting its control network from external cyber threats. Owl’s EPDS incorporates patented Owl DualDiode Technology® to provide the necessary security features, system reliability, and ease of configuration.

     

    The current successful EPDS deployments in the fossil plants follow a similar cybersecurity strategy to that deployed for the operating companies of nuclear generating stations in 2012 to meet NRC regulatory guidance.

     

    Owl EPDS are deployed on high-availability servers to ensure the reliability of the solutions while also providing support for multiple applications, including the replication of the OSIsoft® PI Historian with Owl PI Transfer Service™ software application. Additionally, The Owl EPDS concurrently supports several company applications including the secure transfer of files, the ability to securely transfer email and print jobs, and the ability to maintain Network Time Protocol across the electronic security perimeter.

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