In May 2021, a cybersecurity attack that involved ransomware caused the US fuel pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline to shut its entire network, the source of nearly half of the US East Coast’s fuel supply, resulting in panic buying due to fear of gas shortages. The incident highlights the importance of robust design, security, and network redundancy for network equipment used in power substations.
ORing’s power substation solution provides a way forward for the electric power industry. Besides their rugged design and compliance with IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 standards to prevent data loss when exposed to EMI, ORing’s RGS-P9000-HV and RGS-PR9000-HV industrial Ethernet switches support a variety of redundancy technologies including MSTP, STP, RSTP, and ORing’s proprietary O-Ring technology to enable fast fault recovery. The solution also provides efficient management and robust security with Layer 3 functions.