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[June 22, 2012]

Waterfall Integrates Unidirectional Security Gateways with W-Industries

Jun 22, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Waterfall Security Solutions, a provider of Unidirectional Security Gateways, and W-Industries, a systems integrator headquartered in Houston, Texas, announced the installation of Waterfall's Unidirectional Security Gateways at two facilities of an oil and gas exploration and production firm, both an onshore facility and an offshore platform.

"Waterfall's Unidirectional Gateways are being deployed in more and more industrial sectors by forward-looking organizations to protect business-critical and safety-critical operations," said Lior Frenkel, Co-Founder and CEO of Waterfall Security Solutions. "Offshore platforms present unique challenges for safety and for operational complexity, and we are very happy to have been selected by W-Industries to help with their mission to protect their customer's facilities." According to a release, W-Industries uses Waterfall's patented technology to make real-time data available to users on the client firm's business network, without introducing any risk to the offshore platform or onshore facility of a cyber-attack. These business users include production engineers and operations personnel seeking to maximize the productivity of the offshore platform, while simultaneously minimizing their environmental impacts.

"The Waterfall team was very responsive and easy to work with designing and installing the systems for our client," said Greg Hanson of W-Industries. "Traditional firewall technology ultimately still relies on the robustness of software that allows traffic across the network. But using the Waterfall Gateway gave us the assurance of true one-way server replication from the control network to the business network." Andrew Ginter, Waterfall's Director of Industrial Security, said, "The W-Industries and end-user network teams did a great job learning about the Waterfall system and integrating the technology into the existing network infrastructure." Waterfall Security said its Gateways continue to be deployed in a spectrum of critical-infrastructure-protection functions. Operations teams appreciate the absolute protection the gateways provide from attacks which originate on external networks. Business teams find savings in the use of the gateways, savings due to changes in management and monitoring costs when compared to the costs of conventional firewalls. The Unidirectional Gateways devices can eliminate the possibility of safety or availability breaches due to any of the errors and omissions which are possible when configuring the complex systems which are modern firewalls.

Waterfall Security Solutions patented cyber security solutions can enable oil and gas industry sites to connect their critical industrial networks to external networks, securely meeting business needs without exposing these networks to risks and threats of cyber-attacks, cyber terror, and hacking from external, less secure networks. Waterfall noted that its cyber security solutions assist platforms, refineries, utilities and other critical infrastructures to achieve compliance with NERC-CIP, NRC, CFATS and other regulations and standards, as well as cyber-security policies and best practices. Additional business needs secured by way of the Waterfall Gateways include production monitoring, real-time royalty and taxation tracking, and equipment monitoring and maintenance functions.

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