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A New Approach to Substation Security and NERC Compliance

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Join us for our Webinar: Tuesday April 29, 2014
10:00 am – 11:00 am PT | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET 

Lessons you will learn:
• Why integrating physical and cyber security is key
• How to overcome the challenges of extending security across organizational boundaries
• New techniques that cover upfront risk analysis and automated workflow to simplify onboarding offboarding, anomaly detection and threat correlation


High profile intrusions and physical attacks against substations have spurred a lot of discussion about physical security resulting in a FERC directive, for NERC to propose new physical security standards from NERC. A holistic approach to security has been proven to be more effective and addresses compliance requirements In the Utilities Industry at the same time. It is now essential to monitor and report roles-based physical access to various facilities, control rooms, substations and critical assets. Utilities of all size need to know who has access to specific facilities, critical assets and cyber critical assets and how much area access they should have within those facilities.
Additionally Version 5 of the NERC CIP compliance requirements adds more to physical security requirements in addition to complete background check and criminal history record checks for employees and un-escorted contractors. Additionally, highly critical assets must be housed in secured boundaries and any access to that area recorded and tracked.
Join the experts who are leading this session to discuss why this new approach is the only way to detect and identify complex threats that extend across the boundaries of cyber and physical security. read more

AlertEnterprise CEO Jasvir Gill to Deliver Encore Presentation on Cybersecurity at IHS CERAWeek

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=&0=& =&1=& March 4, 2014, HOUSTON – Founder and CEO of AlertEnterprise, Jasvir Gill was invited for a second year in a row, to present at IHS CERAWeek. Widely considered the “Davos” of the energy world, CERAWeek attracts some of the brightest minds and the most accomplished thought leaders to mingle with the CEOs and other top executives of the largest energy, oil and gas industries worldwide. Jasvir Gill’s session on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection will be held on Wed. March 5th, 2014 as part of the Energy Innovation Pioneers 2014 program. Featured speakers at IHS CERAWeek include Ben Bernanke, former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve System; John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado; Cheryl LaFleur, Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy; Gina McCarthy, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency; Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy, Russian Federation; ministers of energy and natural resources from numerous countries across the globe; and the CEOs of AEP, BG Group, BHP Billiton, Chevron, Direct Energy, Dow, Duke Energy, ENI, First Solar, Pemex, Petrobras, Siemens, Spectra Energy, Total, TransCanada, and Valero Energy.   A CSO Magazine study has confirmed that the financial cost attributed to cyber incidents are mounting. The Energy Industry led this trend with incidents in this sector costing the most. 24% of the surveyed companies reported their losses from security breaches to be in excess of $10 Million [

Source: 2014 Global State of Information Security Survey, PricewaterhouseCoopers, CIO magazine, CSO magazine, September 2013 read more