NERC CIP Cyber Secure Gateway

The OrionLX or LXm can serve as a NERC CIP secure substation gateway. Orion connects to substation meters, event recorders, distributed I/O, protective relays and other substation IEDs using any combination of RS232, RS485, Fiber or Ethernet connections and over 30 available IED protocols. Access to Orion and to these IEDs is controlled with comprehensive Orion security features including strong password and centralized user authentication using LDAP, encrypted protocols, key management, stateful firewall, and NERC-compliant alarm and event logging. These features provide a cyber secure connection for remote SCADA and engineering clients, and are designed to operate with open, industry-standard IT infrastructure and practices to ensure compatibility. In addition, OrionLX can present data to a local touchscreen HMI using a VGA output, eliminating the need for a substation PC and its maintenance and security requirements. The OrionLX serves as a secure California ISO remote integration gateway (RIG) in generation sites.

Software for this Application


Includes strong passwords, user privileges, firewall, key cryptography and security logging.

Protocols for this Application


OrionLX Hardware Features for this Application

1.33GHz High Performance CPU

OrionLXm Hardware Features for this Application

720MHz CPU

Cyber Security Threats
Security Threat Method of Mitigation
Unauthorized Remote Clients Encryption, Secure Protocols, Firewall, Deep packet Inspection, Port Scanning
Hackers and Sophisticated 'Bots Encryption, Secure Protocols, Firewall, Deep packet Inspection, Port Scanning
Disgruntled Employees with 'Keys to the Kingdom' Configuration Change Monitoring, Security Event Monitoring, Two-Factor Authentication, Password Management
Vendor Employees with Design Information Background Checks, Configuration Change Monitoring, Security Event Monitoring, Two-Factor Authentication, Password Management
System 'Back Doors' No back door in OrionLX
Insecure Modems Remote hang-up, monitoring
Viruses or Other Malware OS only allows signed files
Infected USBs Lock out or remove unused Ports
Physical Security Define Electronic Security Perimeter
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  • Additional Datasheets, Application Notes, Customer Success Stories and other documents in our documentation library

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