Industrial Defender introduces automated management solutions for Power Utilities

Source: Industrial Defender

Industrial Defender, Inc., the global leader in Automation System Security Management, today announced Compliance Manager, a security process automation and information management system. Compliance Manager enables control system managers in the utility, chemical, oil, gas, water and transportation industries to cost-effectively implement and sustain best practices that assure system security, availability and compliance to corporate and industry security standards. 

"Utilities are being overwhelmed by the amount of information, events and tasks that they need to manage as they continue to enhance their critical system security processes," said Brian M. Ahern, president and CEO of Industrial Defender. "Industrial Defender’s Compliance Manager automates data collection and analysis tasks that would otherwise require extensive manual operations, while providing the tools needed to improve system integrity and meet the extensive compliance auditing requirements of NERC CIP cyber security standards." 

Compliance Manager and associated Industrial Defender Sensor and Collector technologies are specifically built to operate with both mission critical automation systems (e.g., SCADA, EMS/DMS, DCS/PCS) and industrial end-point devices without impacting system performance and availability. Compliance Manager automates the collection, retention, analysis and reporting of a comprehensive set of system and security management information. Compliance Manager consolidates and analyzes device inventories, event logs, system configurations, software/patch status and user accounts, as well as archives of log and configuration files for automation control applications, operating systems, firewalls, network devices and end-point industrial devices. Automating these processes reduces labor efforts and improves the accuracy of information available for daily operations support, system assessments and formal audits. 

Compliance Manager is the centerpiece of an Industrial Defender initiative in Compliance Sustainability. While the company continues to invest in industry-leading Defense-in-Depth™ cyber risk mitigation solutions, its work with utility and industrial customers has shown that, in addition to risk avoidance, a comprehensive security management solution can provide economic value through operations process efficiency. Compliance Sustainability equates to "high security, low impact," maintaining a high security posture over time with minimal impact on both the automation systems being secured and the organizations responsible for system management. 



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