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Israeli company to provide cybersecurity solution to Poland and Lithuania’s natural gas connection

Waterfall’s Unidirectional Security Gateways will enable the transfer of operational data between gas transmission system operators of both countries

GIPLS pipelines. Photo: European Commission website. ©CINEA2022
GIPL pipelines. Photo: European Commission website. ©CINEA2022

Israeli OT security company Waterfall Security Solutions and Lithuanian ICT /OT company Elsis TS announced the deployment of Waterfall's Unidirectional Security Gateways to enable the transfer of operational data between gas transmission system operators of Lithuania (Amber Grid) and Poland (Gaz-System S.A.).

In its announcement, Waterfall says that the Colonial Pipeline incident, Russian actions in the Ukraine, targeted ransomware actors and other threats have raised serious concerns about the cybersecurity of critical national infrastructures. This deployment of Unidirectional Gateways provides the world's strongest protection from online attacks to this important natural gas interconnection.

This new natural gas interconnect joins Polish, Lithuanian, Baltic and Finnish gas transmission systems with the European Union pipeline system. According to Waterfall, Lithuanian Elsis TS has significantly contributed to the implementation of this strategic project by performing pipeline process management and automation at all GIPL (Gas Interconnection Poland and Lithuania) related facilities.

Data security and operational data exchange is one of the most critical issues for SCADA systems controlling the gas transmission system. Waterfall's Unidirectional Gateways provide hardware-enforced protection to each pipeline by unidirectionally sending operational pipeline data from the protected networks to external systems.

The successful deployment of the gateways assures the safe coordination of pipeline operations for both pipeline partners, while protecting their most critical systems from physical cyber threat.

"The partnership with Waterfall Security is strategically important for the security of automation processes of the GIPL pipeline," observes Mr. Tomas Vrubliauskas General Director (CEO) at Elsis TS. "The highly innovative Waterfall Unidirectional Gateways ensure maximum cyber security for the safe exchange of operational data between the gas transmission systems of the two countries."

Lior Frenkel, CEO and Co-Founder at Waterfall Security Solutions adds that "Waterfall is pleased to partner with Elsis to further increase the security of the GIPL pipeline interconnect and so ensure the safe exchange of critical data to enhance operational efficiencies."

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