Cyber security test software extended to mission-critical embedded devices

September 07, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
Wurldtech Security Technologies has released a software version of its Achilles Test Platform, extending its cyber security testing products to mission-critical embedded devices.

The Achilles Test Software delivers the tools that development teams require to test critical software early in the development cycle, before they enter the QA lab. It provides the means to proactively expose and correct vulnerabilities and validate system resiliency in a real-time environment, before the products are released and deployed in high-availability process control networks.
Significant SCADA cyber attacks are plaguing the industry. Industrial Control Systems have evolved into complex, open, inter-connected networks, creating significant challenges for developers and manufacturers of mission-critical devices that are at the core of nuclear power plants, oil refineries, smart grids and medical applications.
"The Achilles Test Software is the next step in elevating industry standards to protect mission-critical connected devices from persistent cyber security threats," said Wurldtech CTO and co-founder, Nate Kube. "Our goal is to provide a complete cyber security solution supporting the entire product lifecycle, from development to commissioning, implementation and operation of critical infrastructure, ensuring the delivery of secure products, increased ROI and protection of brand equity for both the device manufacturer and their customers."
Wurldtech provides a total set of analysis, software, hardware and certification products that provide stakeholders with a set of tools to protect and mitigate against Zero-Day threats, malware and cyber attacks.
Previously available only as a comprehensive appliance, Achilles Test Software puts Achilles testing in the hands of development and quality assurance (QA) teams, enabling a corporate and strategic focus to cyber testing by allowing for candidate software and hardware testing earlier in the development cycle.
The hardware platform is designed as a universal test bench to allow equipment manufacturers of all sizes to conduct comprehensive security and robustness testing throughout the product development lifecycle. Engineers can now use Achilles Test Software to test for device vulnerabilities at the earliest stage of development, using Achilles Test Platform for final verification testing.
The Achilles Communication Certification ­tool verifies network robustness of industrial control devices by subjecting