SOURCE: Industrial Defender

January 16, 2009 08:30 ET

Industrial Defender Announces NERC CIP Training Services Offering

Bulk Electric Cyber Security Awareness Grows as Compliance Deadlines Approach

FOXBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - January 16, 2009) - In an effort to assist bulk electricity asset owners and operators with achieving their training and security awareness requirements for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance mandate, Industrial Defender, Inc., the global leader in Cyber Risk Protection™, today announced the availability of its NERC CIP Training Services Offering. Services offered as part of this initiative include a NERC CIP onsite Training Workshop as well as an online NERC CIP E-Learning course.

NERC is a not-for-profit corporation designed to ensure that the Bulk Electric System in North America is reliable, available and secure. NERC CIP standards have been mandated to ensure that all entities responsible for the reliability and availability of the Bulk Electric System in North America identify and protect Critical Cyber Assets that control or could impact the reliability and availability of the bulk electric system. NERC CIP mandates require that North American bulk electricity entities meet certain compliance requirements as of Q2 of 2009, with a directive of being auditably compliant by Q2 of 2010.

Organizations interested in Industrial Defender's NERC CIP onsite training workshop will have an Industrial Defender security expert lead an eight-hour onsite training session at a designated customer location. Planned topics of discussion will include:

-- Introduction and History of NERC Standards Development

-- NERC CIP Standards and a Practical Roadmap for Compliance

-- Getting Started -- NERC CIP-002

-- Documentation, Training, Personnel -- NERC CIP-003, CIP-004

-- Physical Security Requirements -- NERC CIP-006

-- Cyber Security Requirements -- NERC CIP-005, CIP-007, CIP-008, CIP-009

-- Leveraging Technology to Automate Compliance Requirements

Alternatively, companies wishing to gain further knowledge of the NERC CIP standards can participate in a self-paced, NERC CIP E-Learning course. This option offers an interactive training experience incorporating text, voice, video, animation, simulation, interactive learning and testing. All course materials support SCORM and AICC compliant training systems. Topics to be covered include:

-- NERC CIP Cyber Security Awareness

-- Proper Use of Critical Cyber Assets and Other Computer Based Resources

-- Overview of Cyber and Physical Security Controls and Issues

-- Information Security Responsibilities For Protecting Critical Cyber Assets

"In accordance with NERC CIP compliance mandates, ensuring that security standards are effectively met can be a considerable undertaking for bulk electricity owners and operators," said Brian M. Ahern, President and CEO, Industrial Defender. "In particular, the NERC CIP-004 Personnel and Training standard requires that personnel having authorized cyber or authorized unescorted physical access to Critical Cyber Assets -- including contractors and service vendors -- have an appropriate level of personnel risk assessment, training and security awareness. As part of our NERC CIP Training Services Program, we are pleased to offer flexible training options to bulk electricity organizations to allow them a cost-efficient, effective solution to meet their NERC CIP education needs and requirements."

For a price quote, or more information regarding the Industrial Defender NERC CIP Training Services Offering, please contact sales@industrialdefender.com.

About Industrial Defender, Inc.

Industrial Defender, Inc., the global leader in Cyber Risk Protection™, is the first company to offer a completely integrated Defense-in-Depth™ cyber security solution designed to protect the industrial control system and SCADA environment in a flexible and cost effective platform. This comprehensive Cyber Risk Protection™ lifecycle solution enables the efficient assessment, mitigation and management of cyber security risk within the critical infrastructure network domain. Formerly known as Verano, Inc., Industrial Defender is a privately held company with over 18 years of industrial control system and SCADA industry experience, and more than 7 years of industrial cyber security experience -- recently recognized by Frost and Sullivan's 2008 Company of the Year Award. Industrial Defender has completed more than 100 process control / SCADA cyber security assessments, more than 8,000 global technology deployments in securing critical infrastructure systems, more than 3,000 mission critical SCADA deployments and provides managed security services for 160 process control plants in 21 countries.

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