Q1 Labs

August 15, 2011 10:07 ET

A Year on From Stuxnet, More Than 100 Critical Infrastructure Customers Rely on Q1 Labs for Security Intelligence

Smart Grid Optimization, Massive Scale, and Operational Efficiency Are Key Requirements

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - Aug 15, 2011) - Q1 Labs, the global provider of total security intelligence solutions, today announced it has more than 100 energy and utility customers worldwide using the QRadar Security Intelligence Platform to monitor and secure their critical infrastructures.

Key attributes of the QRadar Security Intelligence Platform, optimized for Critical Infrastructure entities, include:

  • Industry-leading threat correlation, including embedded geographic data from 3rd party intelligence feeds so customers can monitor and protect against advanced targeted threats by criminal organizations, nation state, and other sophisticated attacks on our critical infrastructure
  • Visibility and packet layer forensics into custom applications and protocols found in supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks
  • Cyber asset identification, configuration monitoring, and security status monitoring capabilities that align with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards
  • Pre-built utility and compliance reports that are automatically updated to meet current and evolving compliance auditing, reporting, and validation initiatives driven by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), etc. and new reporting requirements as they evolve
  • Proven integration with smart grid infrastructures including integrations with Silver Spring Networks and Itron smart meters

"Executives in critical infrastructure organizations and the manufacturers of smart meters and smart appliances need to recognize the magnitude of the risk they and their customers are exposed to, and allocate the budget and resources to build IT security into their products and offerings," said Chris Poulin, Chief Security Officer for Q1 Labs. "What our many energy and utility customers need and get from our QRadar Security Intelligence Platform is unmatched visibility to identify threats before they culminate in a compromise, and the scale in both performance and deployment to support our nation's -- and the world's -- critical infrastructure."

The recent "State of IT Security: Study of Utilities & Energy Companies" report from the Ponemon Institute, sponsored by Q1 Labs, brought to light a few interesting statistics, such as:

  • 75 percent of global energy organizations surveyed admit to having suffered at least one data breach over the last 12 months
  • 69 percent of organizations feel a data breach is very likely or likely to occur over the next 12 months
  • 67 percent of energy organizations are not using what would be considered "state of the art" technologies to minimize risks to SCADA networks

These statistics are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to identifying the risks within critical infrastructures. Q1 Labs has worked closely with customers to enhance their security postures to help combat outside and insider threats.

"Sourcefire has partnered with Q1 Labs to deliver added network visibility and to further integrate intelligence required for addressing threats and vulnerabilities in Smart Grid and critical infrastructure environments," said Doug Hurd, director of technical alliances, Sourcefire. "Sourcefire's powerful IPS, when used in conjunction with Q1 Labs' ORadar Security Intelligence Platform, provides an enhanced set of capabilities to better predict, prevent, respond and remediate attacks and vulnerabilities."

For more information on Q1 Labs' Critical Infrastructure solutions, click here. To view the "Protect & Defend Your Critical Infrastructure - SCADA, Smart Grid, and Compliance" webinar recently conducted by SourceFire and Q1 Labs, click here.

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About Q1 Labs
Q1 Labs is a global provider of high-value, cost-effective next-generation security intelligence products. The company's flagship product, the QRadar Security Intelligence Platform, integrates previously disparate functions -- including SIEM, risk management, log management, network behavior analytics, and security event management -- into a total security intelligence solution, making it the most intelligent, integrated and automated security intelligence solution available. QRadar provides users with crucial visibility into what is occurring with their networks, data centers, and applications to better protect IT assets and meet regulatory requirements. Q1 Labs is headquartered in Waltham, Mass., U.S.A., and the company's global customer base includes managed service providers, healthcare providers, energy firms, retail organizations, utility companies, financial institutions, government agencies, and universities, among others. For more information, visit, e-mail, or call 781-250-5800.

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