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Hallmark Project Commercialization of the Secure SCADA Communications Protocol, a cryptographic security solution for device-to-device communication

Increased connectivity and automation in the control systems that manage the nation’s energy infrastructure have improved system functionality, but left systems more vulnerable to cyber attack. Intruders could severely disrupt control system operation by sending fabricated information or commands to control system devices. To ensure message integrity, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems require a method to validate device-to-device communication and verify that information has come from a trusted source and not been altered in transit.