SOURCE: Symantec

May 23, 2006 08:00 ET

Symantec and Emerson Team Up to Provide Cyber Security Solutions for Electric Utilities

Agreement Leverages Strengths of Both Companies -- Combined Expertise and Validated Solutions Help Power Generation Customers Meet Industry Security Standards

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2006 -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) and Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), today announced the creation of a strategic alliance supporting the electric power industry's requirements for network security, reliability, and compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Council's (NERC) critical infrastructure protection (CIP) standards. As part of the agreement, Emerson will provide power generators with Symantec security technologies that have been validated specifically to operate on its Ovation® expert control system. Emerson's industry-leading Ovation system is a distributed control system (DCS) used to automate and manage the generation of electricity. Leading utilities around the world, including the top 10 U.S. power companies, rely on Ovation to operate their plants securely and reliably.

The customized Symantec offerings, which complement Emerson's existing cyber-security measures, give electric IT and operations managers confidence to deploy Emerson and Symantec solutions in tandem, driving efficiency, reliability and safety. Emerson worked closely with Symantec product managers and architects to provide cyber-security tools that have been fully validated for the Ovation control system. This allows electric power companies to bypass the complexities of separately purchasing, testing, implementing, and managing DCS and security software critical to plant operations.

"This initiative is part of our ongoing and comprehensive commitment to providing the power industry with cyber-security solutions that help them comply with industry regulations and standards, such as the imminent NERC CIP standards," said Bob Yeager, president of the Power & Water Solutions division of Emerson. "Our agreement with Symantec, the recognized leader in information security, further establishes Emerson as the automation supplier of choice for the power generation industry."

"For electric utilities, risk management means working to prevent any disruption to generating and delivering power, whether from attack, accident or operator error," said Gary Sevounts, Symantec's senior director of industry solutions. "Helping the power community address the enterprise-wide implications of standards such as NERC CIP requires good relationships with top providers in the sector. Emerson understands utilities' operational imperatives and helps align security measures accordingly."

Symantec and Emerson's agreement initially focuses on product and service solutions for providing protection at key access points. This includes Symantec AntiVirus software, as well as Symantec Gateway Security 5600 Series and Symantec Network Security 7100 Series security appliances delivering integrated security and network intrusion prevention, respectively. At the gateway tier of the network, electric power companies seek to protect specific connection points between corporate networks facilitating business functions and DCS platforms monitoring and controlling plant operations. As control systems increasingly leverage Internet protocol and common operating software platforms, they can become subject to threats from malicious code and network intrusions. Identifying and protecting the points where corporate and operations network segments connect, as specified in NERC CIP's Standard CIP-005, is an industry-wide priority.

About Symantec's solutions for electric power utilities

Symantec offers a comprehensive set of enterprise solutions designed to help electric utilities ensure business continuity, achieve standards and regulatory readiness, and avoid costly disruptions and recovery time associated with cyber security incidents. Key solution components include perimeter and network security appliances and solutions for configuration and software patch management, data backup and recovery, security policy compliance and endpoint protection. Complementary professional services offered to utilities include managed security services and specialized SCADA and DCS assessment services. Further information on Symantec's electric power solutions is located online at

About Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management (, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the power, water and wastewater treatment, chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

Emerson's Power & Water Solutions division ( is a global supplier of advanced distributed process control and information systems. The Pittsburgh-based company is a recognized leader in developing plant-wide process control solutions for the power generation, water treatment and wastewater treatment industries. Power & Water Solutions plays a key role in the Emerson mission of combining superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include: PlantWeb®; Ovation®; SmartProcess®; Fisher®; MicroMotion®; Rosemount®; Mobrey®; Daniel®; Bristol®; DeltaV™; and AMS™ Suite.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2005 were $17.3 billion. For more information, visit

About Symantec

Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at

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