Monitors logs, performance at network layer

Verano Inc. reports that its Industrial Defender solution suite addresses the five phases of best practices for mission-critical security defined by NIST, NIPC, Department of Homeland Security, Argonne National Labs, Sandia National Labs, and Pacific Northwest Labs. These five phases are: monitor, detect, notify, protect, and recover.

01/01/2004



Verano Inc. reports that its Industrial Defender solution suite addresses the five phases of best practices for mission-critical security defined by NIST, NIPC, Department of Homeland Security, Argonne National Labs, Sandia National Labs, and Pacific Northwest Labs. These five phases are: monitor, detect, notify, protect, and recover.

As a result, Industrial Defender consists of three modules: Watch, Guard, and Control. The Watch module is installed as an appliance at the control network layer on SE Linux, running on an IBM X-Series server, and monitors logs and performance. These functions fulfill the monitor, detect, and notify phases on the best practices list. Industrial Defender's Guard and Control modules were scheduled to be launched before the end of 2003, and will round out the suite by addressing the list's protect and recover requirements, respectively.

Brian Ahern, Verano's president and CEO, reports that Industrial Defender is platform agnostic and runs on automation systems from many vendors, including ABB, Emerson, Foxboro, and Honeywell. Ahern says each of these vendors could offer similar security solutions, but it would require them to redesign their systems, which is a problem that Verano can sidestep by offering an independent solution running on a separate server.

Verano adds that it has been providing mission-critical plant control and monitoring solutions to the power, energy, transportation, and utilities markets for 12 years. www.verano.com

  • Watch, Guard, Control modules meet varying security requirement levels

  • Watch module is first real-time security management system for the control network

  • Guard module's cyber-shield protects control infrastructure from cyber intruders

  • Control module provides secure supervisory control solutions for operations

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