Rohde & Schwarz: industrial security solution for secure Modbus protocol communication

Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity announced the availability of its new Modbus protocol detection and extraction capabilities provided by the deep packet inspection engine R&S PACE 2. The DPI engine delivers Modbus content and metadata extraction and enables IT security equipment vendors to gain full visibility of Modbus protocol communication in order to detect vulnerabilities and provide protection for the IIoT.

Modbus is an application layer protocol that provides a client/server communication between devices connected on different types of buses or networks. For instance, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems or industrial control systems measure temperature and humidity and communicate the results to a computer with the help of Modbus protocol.

Because Modbus-based industrial systems were designed for isolated environments, their development centers on reliability, availability, and speed – not security. Therefore, the Modbus protocol is lacking common security mechanisms such as authentication, confidentiality and integrity. This makes it inherently insecure and vulnerable to attacks.

Today’s modern conveniences such as electricity, transportation and water systems are powered by SCADA, ICS or ICS. This means that the weakness of Modbus protocol communication must be addressed. An attack on such systems and networks not only has the potential to shut down an entire region’s power grid and disrupt critical systems and production lines, but also can cost lives.

With the new Modbus content and metadata extraction functionality, vendors of security products, such as firewalls or gateways, gain granular visibility and control of the Modbus protocol communication. This enables them to detect threats in the SCADA or ICS environment and enhance their IT security solutions by adding a further layer of security in their products.

Latest News from

Rohde & Schwarz: FSW signal and spectrum analyzer offers 2 GHz internal analysis bandwidth
Rohde & Schwarz: troubleshoot automotive applications with portable Scope Rider oscilloscope
Rohde & Schwarz: multi-level IoT solution provides secure, globally managed IP connectivity
Rohde & Schwarz and ADI reinforce long-term relationship
Rohde & Schwarz: High-End MW-RF Signal Generator offers High Output Power
Rohde & Schwarz: broadband amplifiers with tunable transmission characteristics
Rohde & Schwarz: oscilloscopes with integrated generator facilitate debugging
Rohde & Schwarz showcases latest oscilloscope portfolio highlights at PCIM 2017
Rohde & Schwarz: industrial security solution for secure Modbus protocol communication
Rohde & Schwarz: entry-level oscilloscope with 10-bit vertical resolution and touchscreen
Rohde & Schwarz: three new entry-level test and measurement products
Rohde & Schwarz: 1000Base-T1 compliance test solution supports automotive industry
Rohde & Schwarz: modular probe system for precision measurements up to 9 GHz
Rohde & Schwarz: entry-level oscilloscope with 10-bit vertical resolution and touchscreen
Rohde & Schwarz: test platform facilitates early release of NB-IoT devices
Rohde & Schwarz: Cable Rider ZPH cable and antenna analyzer ideal for field use
Rohde & Schwarz: dedicated security solutions for IoT automotive telematics
Rohde & Schwarz adds IEEE 802.11ac signaling to its radio communication tester
Aricent and Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity unveil unique bandwidth control solution
Rohde & Schwarz presents T&M equipment for 5G, LTE-Advanced, IoT and IP security

ZES Zimmer on testing advanced power electronics

In this video Bernd Neuner from ZES Zimmer talks to Alix Paultre for Electronic News TV at the 2017 Power Electronics Conference in Nuremberg. The discussion deals with the issues involving test and m...


Weidmüller discusses the need for a better signal and power interface

In this video Rene Arntzen from Weidmüller talks to Alix Paultre of Electronic News TV about the importance of a good signal and power interface for industrial equipment. There is currently no good ...


Mouser talks about the state of engineering development today

In this video Mark Burr-Lonnon and Graham Maggs of Mouser Electronics, a major international electronics distributor, talk to Alix Paultre about the state of engineering development today. With massiv...


Infineon launches a new family of configurable industrial drive boards

In this video Infineon explains their new family of configurable industrial drive boards at SPS-IPC Drives 2017. Intended to enable easy setup and deployment, the XMC-based automation boards can handl...


STMicro explains their STSPIN family of single-chip motor drivers

In this video STMicroelectronics explains their STSPIN single-chip motor drivers at SPS-IPC Drives 2017. The STSPIN family embeds can drive motors efficiently and with high accuracy, with an advanced ...