Canadian firm unveils SCADA security simulator

Security-in-a-box product illustrates and helps plug security holes in industrial networks.

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by Design Engineering Staff

British Columbia — Vancouver Island-based Byres Security Inc. released its Tofino SCADA Security Simulator (TSSS). According to the company, the product is a control system in a box, designed to demonstrate the vulnerability of SCADA and PLC components to security failures and to test new solutions.

The product makes the impact of security failures to critical industrial processes easy to grasp, the company says, and shows how to secure processes. A typical TSSS demonstration starts by showing how SCADA and Industrial Control Systems operate, using a widely deployed PLC to control production. Next, SCADA specific malware attacks the control system and destroys the process. Finally, the system is secured using technology such as the company’s Tofino Industrial Security Solution.

“As a security consultant, I use the TSSS not only for simple demonstrations of cyber security controls, but also to implement various security strategies in an offline manner,” says Joel Langill, CSO of “I can then develop corresponding Tofino Security Appliance configuration schemes which can be applied to online production systems. I find it very handy to be able to use the TSSS with a variety of SCADA / HMI applications, and with associated field control equipment like PLCs, RTUs and application servers.”