IEC Israel Electric Corp faced a big challenge overcoming the separation of their operational network and management network: the PI System collects data from the DCS systems in the operational network, but all their PI System users are on the management network. IEC needed a solution other than a firewall that could prevent 100% pass of information from the management network to the operational network (one-way data transfer). A unique hardware and software solution called PI-WATERFALL was developed for this purpose and has proven foolproof; it received approval from Israeli authorities as a one-way security solution. The solution was deployed to seven PI systems at all major power stations at IEC and has been is working for two years already. Significance: A unique security solution enables critical plants like power stations and other infrastructure organizations to have a fully secured network and still use the PI System with all its benefits.
Gabriel Mazooz, head of the IT department of Israel Electric Corporation, has been with IEC since 1989, starting as a project manager in the engineering and generation division staffs. He has extensive training in IT Management, and has multiple degrees: B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering and an M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering from Technion - I.I.T., Haifa, and an MBA, Master of Business Administration, Haifa University in 2007.