SOURCE: Industrial Defender

Industrial Defender

January 26, 2009 08:30 ET

Industrial Defender Announces Partnership With Itron

Itron Taps Industrial Defender Security Event Management to Enhance OpenWay® AMI System

FOXBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - January 26, 2009) - Industrial Defender, Inc., the global leader in Cyber Risk Protection™, today announced it has formed a partnership with Itron, Inc., a leading technology provider to the global energy and water industries, to offer Security Event Management (SEM) for Itron's industry leading advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system, OpenWay. Under terms of the agreement, Industrial Defender SEM technology will be used to manage, maintain and report on aggregated data from OpenWay CENTRON® meters.

The security architecture inherent to OpenWay, combined with Industrial Defender's ID300B SEM platform, is designed to meet the security needs for true two-way AMI and Smart Grid networks. As the first company to offer a completely integrated Defense-in-Depth™ cyber security solution designed to protect the industrial control system and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) environment in a flexible and cost effective platform, Industrial Defender enables Itron to support large bulk electricity providers with a secure control system data repository.

"Advanced metering infrastructure has the potential to significantly transform key aspects of the utility business. As a cornerstone of an Intelligent Grid, AMI also has the potential of making the grid more vulnerable to cyber attacks," said Zarko Sumic, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "Consequently, a common understanding of security implications and common cyber security framework must be established across diverse organizations during an Intelligent Grid effort."

"Itron is dedicated to providing the most robust security available to protect our utility customers and their end users," said Russ Vanos, vice president of marketing for Itron. "Industrial Defender's solution provides a complete security event management capability specific to AMI, further enhancing our energy management and measurement technologies as we work toward development of the Smart Grid."

"As a leading technology provider to global energy and water companies, Itron is empowering bulk electricity providers to more effectively monitor, control, and report on security and performance information," said Brian M. Ahern, president and CEO, Industrial Defender. "By leveraging Industrial Defender's control system and SCADA expertise, Itron is now able to focus on enabling the Smart Grid, providing operational efficiencies, and allowing end-customer participation in energy management and conservation efforts."

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.

About OpenWay by Itron

OpenWay by Itron is a new-generation, open-architecture advanced metering solution that provides full two-way communication to enable a utility's smart grid as well as a built-in communications pathway to the meter or other smart grid device that is fully compliant with the ANSI C12.22 protocol for transport of device data over a network. OpenWay delivers operational efficiency, empowers all customers to participate in energy management and conservation, and supports smart energy transmission and distribution grids. The OpenWay system remains independent of any particular communications technology. This means multiple transport technologies, including mobile networks, can be seamlessly integrated into a single system to deliver the best combination of reliability and cost effectiveness.

About Itron, Inc.

Itron, Inc. is a leading technology provider to the global energy and water industries. Itron, Inc. consists of Itron in North America and Actaris outside of North America. Our company is the world's leading provider of metering, data collection and utility software solutions, with nearly 8,000 utilities worldwide relying on our technology to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water. Our products include electricity, gas and water meters, data collection and communication systems, including automated meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI); meter data management and related software applications; as well as project management, installation, and consulting services. To know more, start here: www.itron.com.

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