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Cybersecurity Use Cases

For Critical Infrastructure

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines 16 sectors of critical infrastructure,whose assets, systems, and networks are considered to be vital to the United States such that their debilitation or destruction would have a significant effect on the nation’s security, economy, and/or public health and safety.

This paper outlines 16 use cases for the implementation of Owl data diode cybersecurity to defend a
variety of these critical infrastructure sectors. The use cases feature industry leaders and demonstrate how Owl helped them meet a number of security and operational requirements through a one-way, deterministic data flow.

In each of these cases, Owl data diodes are interoperating with a wide array
of leading operational technologies, including, but not limited to: OSIsoft PI System, Schneider Electric
Wonderware, GE Historian, Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk, Modbus, OPC, mobile networks, and software firewalls. Please see the Index at the end of this document for a full list and references for all sectors and technologies included.

Some industries include:

  • Nuclear reactors, materials and waste
  • Water and wastewater
  • Food and agriculture
  • Defense industrial base
  • Energy
  • Financial services