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Platform Provides Lifecycle Management, Security, Safety and Reliability for Smart Grid Devices

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A Next Generation Platform for Smart Energy provides a robust and expandable end-to-end solution for intelligent electronic device development and deployment including: optimized software development tools, middleware, hardware trace probes and industry-proven real-time operating system technology. Green Hills Software has extended its Smart Energy solution with a number of key enabling security technologies, providing the core technologies required to develop, deliver and maintain secure, resilient, smart grid devices. Major enhancements to the platform include a full suite of Security Toolkits from Green Hills’ subsidiary, Integrity Security Services (ISS).

The ISS Security Protocol Toolkits offer a set of optimized and secured communication technologies for the Smart Grid device developer. The ISS IPsec/IKEv2 technology provides a high-quality, cryptographically secure solution for IP communication, providing authentication, data encryption and message integrity for embedded devices. ISS IPsec/IKEv2 offers security, high performance and power management in a small memory footprint. And thirdly, the ISS SSH Secure Server provides a portable ANSI C SSH SDK for interactive shell and tunneled TCP/IP security. This capability provides an interactive secure telnet replacement, where shell communications are encrypted in the SSH secure tunnel. In addition, ISS SSH can be used as a general purpose security tunnel using the SSH exec protocol.

Another component in the ISS Security Protocol Toolkit is the ISS SSL Security stack. This stack is useful in the smart grid sector as it enables standards-based secure communications from machine-to-machine across wired and wireless technologies. The ISS Secure Loader capability is a secure installer and boot loader SDK designed specifically for the security of embedded platforms. The ISS Secure Loader enhances device integrity by enabling proper and secure installation, maintenance, future upgrades and rollbacks of smart grid embedded devices.

Building on the Platform for Smart Energy, ISS Device Lifecycle Management (DLM) is an embedded device lifecycle management system designed to help device manufacturers monetize, manage and protect their intellectual property. The ISS DLM system is an environment that protects IP as well as the integrity of devices and data throughout the lifecycle, from design and manufacturing through deployment and remote maintenance. This technology ensures that only properly configured and authenticated devices are fielded and remotely maintained, with the right firmware, software and data. 

With this release, the Platform for Smart Energy adds another layer of security to embedded devices, providing Floodgate—Packet Filter Embedded Firewall Technology from Icon Labs. This fully integrated technology allows networked devices to control of the packets they process, protecting these devices against potentially malicious attacks.

Green Hills Software, Santa Barbara, CA. (805) 965-6044. [www.ghs.com].

Icon Labs, West Des Moines, IA. (515) 226-3443. [www.iconlabs.com].