SCALABLE and OPAL-RT Release New Version of EXata CPS

 Network Digital Twin Solutions for Protecting Critical Infrastructure

 

Culver City, CA (September 8, 2021) – SCALABLE Network Technologies, Inc. (SCALABLE), a leader in network digital twin solutions, announced today the availability of EXata for Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) 1.1, which simulates the impact of cyberattacks on electrical grids. EXata CPS leverages SCALABLE’s EXata emulation software to create digital twins of communication networks that are integrated with OPAL-RT’s real-time, multi-domain power grid simulators and other networked infrastructure. EXata CPS is integrated with the OPAL-RT hardware to offer an end-to-end, low-latency, and high-performance cyber-physical solution for the development, testing, and assessment of cyber resilience of electrical grids.

The increasing digitization of the grid has made it more vulnerable to communication network reliability issues and cybersecurity threats that may be accidental or malicious. The rapid expansion in the use of cyber exploits by state-sponsored and criminal hackers have already cost billions of dollars in damages to utilities operators and the global economy; it is simply a matter of time before such an attack turns into a potentially life-threatening emergency. Therefore, preparing for the impact of software and hardware failures under varying operating conditions is necessary to meet current and future power grid challenges.

The latest version of EXata CPS 1.1 offers an enhanced cyber model capability to help protect critical infrastructure. By modeling established and evolving techniques and components such as spear-phishing, virtual private networks (VPN), and host-based ransomware, EXata CPS 1.1 provides insight into potential attacks before they occur to better prepare and recover from such scenarios. Operators can use this unique test environment to evaluate a variety of mitigation and response strategies to analyze weaknesses, recognize breaches, and counter them more effectively.

New or Enhanced Functionality includes:


Integration with RT-LAB

  • Extended support of additional OPAL-RT toolboxes including ARTEMiS and ePHASORSIM

Updates to support the latest OPAL-RT Operating System (OS) and hardware platforms, doubling performance and expanding system compatibility

Enhanced Hardware-in-the-Loop (HITL) capabilities through OPAL-RT real-time power simulators

Prebuilt scenarios included with latest version of EXata CPS 1.1

  • Complex cyber scenarios integrating HYPERSIM, RT-LAB and ePHASORSIM including representation of the 2015 Ukraine attack. Implements elements of all major attack components (phishing, malware propagation, remote control of HMI, and grid shutdown)

Cyber Model Library Enhancements

  • Cyber-attack editor, allows the user to design a library of historicalor zero-day attacks using a no-code paradigm. This graphical flowchart-based editor creates modular adaptive attacks and export adaptive attack scripts.
  • Attack coordination to allow users to direct distributed and adaptive network-wide attack vectors and assess the impact of vulnerabilities on key performance metrics
  • Phishing, ransomware, data-stealing attack support in the host model
  • Phishing email attack model to install bots
  • Human-in-the-loop application for receiving malicious email and triggering host model attacks
  • Remote access attacks portray results of remote access on mapped operational hosts
  • Man in the middle (MITM) attacks support cyclic redundancy check (CRC) recalculation during C37.118 modify packet (MODP) attacks
  • Adaptive scripting changes to support expanded feedback from previous attacks
  • Scenario Player can now be launched via an adaptive attack manager
  • Operational host service (OHS), which portrays one or more operational hosts as part of the SCALABLE Connection Manager. OHS simulates end-system activities and allows end-users to interact with network-wide cyber-attacks

CPU affinity for improved performance and visualization.

  • Users can now configure affinity on a thread basis.
  • Configuration can be specified via the EXata CPS and Scenario Player applications

Topology converter utilities for NA™, SolarWinds™, NMAP, and generic XML can be launched directly from EXata graphical environment.

“Our advanced network digital twin and cyber capabilities provide key insights for developing an effective cyber defense and training staff for worst case scenarios,” stated Dr. Rajive Bagrodia, SCALABLE CEO and Founder.  “We continue to enhance our joint solution with OPAL-RT to ensure cybersecurity, reliability, and efficiency to mitigate risks and provide a flexible and scalable solution for SCADA operators around the world.”

“We are proud to partner with SCALABLE to deliver an innovative cybersecurity simulation and testing solution to help improve grid efficiency, stability, and reliability. By combining OPAL-RT’s longstanding expertise in real-time simulation and SCALABLE’s EXata Cyber-Physical System simulation capabilities, our users are now well-equipped to study the impacts and challenges of cyber incidents on their grids,” said Jean Bélanger, CEO & CTO, OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES. “EXata CPS is integrated with our platforms to offer a complete real-time cyber-physical solution for the development, testing, and assessment of electrical grids with communication networks.”

Stay tuned for details on our upcoming webinar!  During this webinar, we will highlight some key features and benefits of our network digital twin solutions for critical infrastructure using EXata CPS. We will also show the latest demo on Defending Power Grids from Cyber Attack based on the infamous 2015 Ukraine Attack.

 About SCALABLE Network Technologies

 Based in Culver City, California, SCALABLE provides network digital twin solutions to support  network design, modeling and analysis, cyber assessment and training, and engineering support services to commercial enterprises, government and defense agencies, research organizations, and educational institutions worldwide.

SCALABLE solutions integrate simulated virtual network models with physical hardware and applications, allowing users to reduce the time, cost, and risks of developing, testing, and deploying large, sophisticated wired and wireless networks and new communications equipment and train personnel on cyber defense.

More information on the company is available at scalable-networks.com.

About OPAL-RT

OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES is the world leader in the development of PC/FPGA-based real-time simulators, Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing equipment, and Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) systems to design, test, and optimize control and protection systems used in power grids, power electronics, motor drives, automotive, trains, aircraft, and various industries, as well as R&D centers and universities.

More information on the company is available at https://www.opal-rt.com/.

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