As this organization was looking for a secure connectivity solution, they considered next-gen firewalls and VPNs. However, they quickly realized these options would increase cost and complexity, along with diminishing returns around usability and security.
The team began looking for a solution that was faster to deploy, easier to manage, and that scaled quickly. They landed on Tempered when they learned how easy it was to deploy it to their remote substations. These remote locations connected to their private OT network through a VPLS. The team was also looking for industrial, ruggedized hardware that was purpose-built, low-power, cellular-capable, and able to work in harsh environments. With minor change to the network underlay, the team was able to easily add Tempered hardware and software to encrypt traffic and simplify routing while rendering their industrial devices invisible to potential attackers.
The team also realized that Airwall hardware and software could be leveraged for Smart Grid expansion. Because they had industrial customers who wanted to generate their own power, the team needed a solution that could both secure connections over the internet and easily deploy hardware in a customer’s environment. Tempered Airwall platform addressed these security requirements for better integration of devices at customer sites and added layers of control.