ALAMEDA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, Canada – July 12, 2010 – Wind River, a world leader in embedded and mobile software, and Wurldtech Security Technologies, provider of cyber security testing and certification solutions for critical infrastructure industries, today announced that Wind River's VxWorks is the first real-time operating system to be certified under Wurldtech's Achilles certification program, an internationally recognized standard for industrial cyber security. This will enable Wind River’s customers in the process automation, power and energy, oil and gas, transportation, and medical market segments to deploy VxWorks with certified defenses against cyber attacks.
VxWorks meets the Achilles certification conformance requirements at Gigabit Ethernet, passing both 100Mbit and 1GigE certifications, which are recognized by most industrial and medical manufacturers to defend control devices against increased exposure to cyber security attacks. The Achilles Certified designation has been integrated as a mandatory selection requirement by many of the world's largest industrial organizations, from all critical infrastructure sectors such as Shell and Total, and has already been implemented in more than 14 industrial control systems from manufacturers such as ABB, Honeywell and Emerson.
Achilles certification directly addresses cyber security at a time when accessible, affordable, high-speed connectivity has created increased vulnerability to malicious cyber attacks. Now Achilles Certified, VxWorks allows developers to build secure devices conforming to the Achilles certification, leveraging a prevalidated, real-time operating system that limits unpredictability, compared to a noncertified operating system or application. Application developers can now utilize a platform that has already been certified by a trusted third party, bringing more predictability to a time-consuming, complex and costly process. Developers can rely on the Achilles Certified platform, with included networking stack, to be a trusted component of their overall end product and can benefit from faster time-to-market, lowered development and certification expenditures, as well as less overall risk of cyber attacks.
"As cyber threats to mission-critical systems continue to grow in frequency and complexity, it is critical to have a secure infrastructure that protects vital data against hackers," said Jens Wiegand, general manager of industrial and medical solutions at Wind River. "Having achieved the Achilles Certified designation from Wurldtech, our customers can now develop their entire device on a secure, certified, out-of-the-box platform, while minimizing the final certification process, shrinking application development time, driving costs down and increasing competitive advantage in a global market."
"The security and robustness of critical digital infrastructures must improve given the evolving nature of cyber risk and the increasing cost to end users associated with disruptions to industrial operations or breaches in data integrity," said Dr. Nate Kube, chief technology officer of Wurldtech Security Technologies. "Suppliers integrating VxWorks into their critical control systems will now have an additional level of assurance that network stack communications are safe, secure and reliable. We are pleased to collaborate with Wind River and will continue to address key challenges facing embedded device makers against cyber attacks."
Achilles Certified VxWorks1 is immediately available to customers worldwide. Additional details about VxWorks are available at http://www.windriver.com/products/vxworks/.
About Wurldtech Security Technologies
Wurldtech Security Technologies provides proactive technology solutions designed to identify the presence of and mitigate against cyber vulnerabilities that can impact safe, secure and reliable industrial operations.
Wurldtech's product portfolio is designed for suppliers of industrial devices, systems and applications used in, and the end users/operators of, high-availability process control networks primarily in critical infrastructure sectors such as energy (oil and gas) and power (electric utilities, nuclear).
About Wind River
Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in embedded and mobile software. Wind River has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in more than 500 million products. Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif., with offices in more than 15 countries. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com or blogs.windriver.com.
1 Wurldtech Achilles certification program has certified VxWorks 6.8.1, a component of the Wind River Platform for Industrial Devices, VxWorks Edition 3.8
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