U.S. Federal Cybersecurity Agency Approves SNC Binary Armor

SPARKS, Nev., October 04, 2021 – The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the nation’s first federal cybersecurity authority, has accepted Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Binary Armor® family of cybersecurity products for the agency’s list of approved products offering “a risk-based, consistent and cost-effective cybersecurity solution.”

Binary Armor prevents cyberattacks from ever reaching or threatening the operational technology (OT) that controls the nation’s critical infrastructure. It was accepted by CISA for the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program Approved Products List (APL).

“This is an important step for Binary Armor and for the protection of our nation’s critical OT infrastructure," stated Pete Fischer, who oversees Binary Armor development at SNC. “Cyber criminals and foreign adversaries are constantly testing our systems and seeking opportunities to hack our OT. Our nation’s operating systems are an easy target.”

Cyber threats to our infrastructure systems have grown in frequency and potency, threatening to inflict catastrophic economic, environmental and structural damage on businesses, communities and governments at every level.

The Colonial Pipeline hack and the February hack of valves in the City of Oldsmar, Florida’s, water treatment plant are stark warnings that more must be done to protect the nation’s OT from criminals and nation-states targeting sensitive and critical infrastructure installations in the U.S.

Leveraging SNC’s decades of proven expertise as a national security contractor and cutting-edge innovator, Binary Armor provides the inline real-time, endpoint cybersecurity needed to combat these escalating threats.

The system’s patented “functional whitelisting” technology stops both internal and external threats from reaching OT, including malware and intentionally unsafe or erroneous instructions that cause motors to spin too fast, valves to open or close at inappropriate times, or switches to turn out of sequence. By allowing only pre-approved, known, safe messages to reach OT, Binary Armor protects against targeted threats and human error, and enforces workflow to reduce the likelihood of equipment damage and personnel injury.

Binary Armor has been tested and validated by both U.S. Department of Defense and industry labs, with continuous operation since 2014 on utility supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

The Binary Armor engineering team has extensive experience developing solutions that enhance national security and is comprised of subject matter experts with long-standing involvement supporting sensitive U.S. government programs. The Binary Armor team can deliver solutions for protecting all levels of utility systems and sites.

Binary Armor is a simple, affordable and commercially available solution to protect OT systems. Binary Armor is available through multiple sales partners and is also available through the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS). Find the catalog on GSA Advantage.

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About Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is a trusted leader in innovative, advanced technology solutions and open architecture integrations in aerospace and national security. Best known for its unique mission applications, SNC creates customized solutions for the world’s most pressing technology challenges in the fields of aviation, national security space, electronic warfare, command and control, mission systems and inline cybersecurity. SNC is owned by Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, and is once again recognized as a US Best Managed Company by Deloitte Private.