Thursday, September 13, 2012

Partnership for cybersecurity water, electric, transportation, and oil & gas sectors

Partnership will leverage comprehensive, real-time data to unify cyber security, compliance and change management activities
Telvent GIT has partnered with Industrial Defender to expand its cybersecurity capabilities within Telvent's key utility and critical infrastructure solutions. 

Brian Ahern
President & CEO,
Industrial Defender

Industrial Defender's flagship product, Automation Systems Manager (ASM), will leverage the data collected and analysed by Telvent technologies to provide a single, unified view that allows critical infrastructure sectors to better monitor, manage and protect their control systems. The integration of the two solutions will help to improve the speed of decision making and problem detection, while maximizing uptime and improving maintenance planning.
Telvent's partnership with Industrial Defender will allow customers to improve operational effectiveness. Specifically, operators now will have the ability to determine changes to the system, who made them and why. ASM automatically detects new devices connecting to the network, allowing for faster decision-making as to whether a change is planned or potentially malicious. Furthermore, ASM generates reports to meet regulatory requirements, such as NERC CIP, eliminating the need for additional staffing resources. The platform is compatible across multiple vendor systems, including legacy systems, providing a flexible, adaptable tool to meet operational needs. Telvent's highly-secure data and distribution management solutions will be certified and fully integrated with Industrial Defender's offering.
According to Telvent Chairman and CEO, Ignacio Gonzalez, "Through this partnership, our customers will gain a fully customisable solution of operational and cybersecurity capabilities. Customers will be able to rely on the most efficient and comprehensive solution on the market to help address the issues around heterogeneous networks, interconnectivity, field devices and regulations."

"Industrial Defender is proud to have been selected by Telvent to provide innovative solutions for security, compliance and change management to their customers and prospects," said Brian Ahern, CEO of Industrial Defender. "With ever-increasing threats against critical infrastructure and operational technologies, an increasingly changing regulatory environment, and anticipated exponential growth in intelligent field devices, our combined strengths will give Telvent's customers the advanced technologies and expertise they need to improve their operational effectiveness quickly, safely and securely."

Specifically, operators now will have the ability to accurately identify changes that have been made to the system, who made the changes, and why they were made. ASM automatically detects new devices connecting to the network; allowing for faster decision making as to whether a change is planned and properly authorized, or potentially malicious. Furthermore, ASM generates reports to meet regulatory requirements, such as NERC CIP, eliminating the need for additional staffing resources. The platform is compatible across multiple vendor systems, including legacy systems, providing a flexible, adaptable tool to meet operational needs. Telvent's highly-secure data and distribution management solutions will be certified and fully integrated with Industrial Defender's ASM solution.

The new solution is especially suited for Telvent customers that operate in the infrastructure sectors, such as water, electric, transportation, and oil & gas. The single view of real-time data on the network combined with the enhanced security detection capabilities provides a solution unique to the market and critical for a 21st century enterprise.

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