Veracity announces completion of first phase of Chess Master ICS cybersecurity project

Veracity Industrial Networks, a developer of Industrial SDN-based technology for operational networks, announced they have completed the first phase of delivery to the United States Department of Energy on their “Chess Master” project to ensure ICS network cybersecurity.

Recently, a dangerous piece of malware, alternately named “Industroyer” or “Crash Override,” purpose-built to disrupt physical systems was discovered in the wild. This malware was used on an electric transmission station north of the city of Kiev, blacking out a portion of the Ukrainian capital. Veracity is working closely with the DOE to safeguard U. S. systems against such attacks.

The Chess Master project was designed to research, develop, test, and commercialize a security validation and policy enforcement application that connects into a flow controller that manages all field networks centrally. Veracity is working with partners Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Ameren Corporation and Sempra Energy to bring these capabilities to today’s industrial networks.

Chess Master was preceded by “Watchdog,” a project focused on using industrial SDN networks for cybersecurity, in which the DOE concluded, “This project has forever changed the way critical infrastructure networks are designed, secured, deployed and maintained. The cybersecurity and performance advantages achieved are significant, simply put traditional networking has been obsoleted.1”


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