Landis+Gyr Teams Up with RSA, The Security Division of EMC, to Enhance Smart Grid Security
Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream radio frequency (RF) mesh network provides a robust communication infrastructure between the electric utility and smart meters, distribution devices, and home area network equipment. The relationship with RSA allows Landis+Gyr to further enhance the existing security features present in Gridstream. Landis+Gyr has embedded RSA BSAFE® encryption technology into Gridstream RF, providing Landis+Gyr customers with strong data protection mechanisms that can help mitigate the effects of potential attacks on the smart grid infrastructure.
By incorporating standards-based cryptography, the Gridstream RF solution delivers a security architecture based on NSA Suite B standard protocols that secures end-to-end data exchange at the application. This builds upon Gridstream’s existing network security protocols, and allows customers the flexibility to configure the right levels of security to make the most efficient use of network traffic.
“Landis+Gyr recognizes the importance of a secure smart grid infrastructure to protect personal data and the integrity of the distribution grid. But that security must fit the utility’s needs for standards-based system integration and interoperability. Landis+Gyr is able to offer both, and our relationship with RSA helps us serve the security needs of the market,” said Heath Thompson, CTO for Landis+Gyr North America.
Landis+Gyr is also integrating RSA® Key Manager (RKM) into its products to provide customers simple and secure management and long-term vaulting of encryption keys. RKM is engineered to ensure that encryption keys are distributed and vaulted properly and securely throughout their lifecycle. Teams from RSA® Professional Services and Landis+Gyr worked collaboratively to define the overall solution architecture, design and develop the software components, and to implement the solution in Landis+Gyr’s development environment.
“The Smart Grid has the possibility of transforming the utilities industry, and it is important that security be built-in early on,” said Bret Hartman, CTO, RSA, The Security Division of EMC. “By working collaboratively with an industry leader like Landis+Gyr, RSA can help provide confidence to both their existing and new customers, and working together, we can help protect our infrastructure during this critical transition to technologically advanced power.”
Landis+Gyr is the leading provider of integrated energy management solutions tailored to energy company needs. With a global presence and a reputation for quality and innovation, Landis+Gyr is unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.25 billion, Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents, and employs nearly 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.
RSA, The Security Division of EMC, is the premier provider of security solutions for business acceleration, helping the world's leading organizations succeed by solving their most complex and sensitive security challenges. RSA's information-centric approach to security guards the integrity and confidentiality of information throughout its lifecycle – no matter where it moves, who accesses it or how it is used. RSA offers industry-leading solutions in identity assurance & access control, data loss prevention, encryption & key management, compliance & security information management and fraud protection. These solutions bring trust to millions of user identities, the transactions that they perform, and the data that is generated. For more information, please visit www.RSA.com and www.EMC.com.
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