Industrial Defender empowers automation systems with sustainability of security and compliance management

June 15, 2011

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Critical infrastructure owners positioned to enhance operational excellence, improve security and streamline management requirements

We just received the following press release:

Critical infrastructure owners positioned to enhance operational excellence, improve security and streamline management requirements
FOXBOROUGH, Mass., June 15, 2011 - Industrial Defender, the global leader in security and compliance management for automation systems, announced new technology releases that provide the foundation for sustainable security and compliance management programs.
New releases of Security Event Manager, Compliance Manager and related agents deliver efficiencies in security event and change management, and support customers’ evolving infrastructure requirements. By automating key security and compliance activities, Industrial Defender customers can drive long-term strategies for monitoring, managing and protecting automation systems.
“Organizations managing automation systems must ensure the long-term security and compliance of those systems, while maintaining availability and reliability,” said John Shaw, senior vice president of products and technology at Industrial Defender. “These new capabilities will help our customers enhance operational excellence while more efficiently managing security and compliance infrastructure.”
Security & compliance management technology purpose-built for automation systems
For electric utilities; oil, gas, water and chemical companies, and others critical infrastructure entities, Industrial Defender delivers technology purpose-built for automation systems. New capabilities delivered by the latest versions of Security Event Manager, Compliance Manager and related agents include:

Efficient security event management:  Security Event Manager provides real-time security and health activity monitoring across automation systems, networks and applications.  Enhancements to the technology reduce manual requirements by automating key functions – delivering more efficient security management and increasing security.

  • Security event filters:  Filtering enables customers to identify security events that present the greatest concern. Industrial Defender has eased the management of filters and associated filter policies.
  • Agent management:  New centralized, remote agent management reduce management requirements.  Centralized event data collection through a single embedded agent increases security by eliminating two-way communication.

Integration with the change management process:  Compliance Manager provides automated collection, analysis and reporting to support both immediate and future audit requirements. New capabilities help customers to better understand changes across their environment which might impact regulatory compliance (e.g., NERC CIP, CFATS) and adherence to corporate technology standards (e.g., configurations, changes and patches).

  • Baseline customization:  Baselines provide a snapshot of normal activity across automation environments in order to identify potential threats to security, compliance or operational health. Enhancements provide customers the flexibility to customize baselines based on business requirements. 
  • Baseline management: Customers now have greater ability to manage versions to demonstrate compliance over the long-run.  In addition, new workflow capabilities help ensure clear separation of duties and control over changes to the accepted baseline.

Extended support of the automation systems environment:  As automation infrastructures evolve, security and compliance management solutions must continue to support those changing environments. Industrial Defender expanded support for automation systems, legacy operating systems, network protocols and other control network technologies.  This builds on the company’s heritage of integrating with technologies from leading automation vendors such as ABB, Emerson, GE Energy, Invensys, Itron, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, Siemens and Yokogawa, among others.

Webcast:  Sustainability in Security & Compliance Management for Automation Systems
Industrial Defender will host a Webcast on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 to provide greater detail on the new capabilities within Security Event Manager and Compliance Manager, along with technology demonstrations.  The Webcast will take place at 11 am E.T. and 4 p.m. E.T.  To register to attend this Webcast at 11 am ET go here; for 4 pm ET go here

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