SUBNET and McAfee Join Together to Secure Substation Integration and Automation Systems

  SUBNET and McAfee Join Together to Secure Substation Integration and
  Automation Systems

DistribuTECH 2013

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- January 29, 2013

McAfee and SUBNET Solutions Inc. (SUBNET) today announced that they have
joined together to offer the industry’s first unified substation security
solution to address the growing cyber security needs for electric utility
substation integration and automation systems. Using a combined solution of
the Unified Grid Intelligence products from SUBNET and the Security Connected
for Critical Infrastructure framework products from McAfee, a utility operator
can now implement an advanced substation integration and automation system
that also protects against cyber threats for meeting regulatory requirements
such as NERC CIP.

The combined solution includes the SUBNET SubSTATION Server and SUBNET
PowerSYSTEM Center with McAfee Enterprise Security Manager, Intrusion
Prevention Systems, McAfee Deep Command and McAfee Application Control.

SUBNET SubSTATION Server provides utilities with a true multi-vendor
substation gateway solution that is able to interface with all major
substation vendors’ intelligent electronic devices (IEDs). Integrating McAfee
Application Control and Network Intrusion Prevention with SubSTATION Server
creates a comprehensive unified solution that can integrate, automate and
secure almost any utilities’ IED-based substations without requiring costly
upgrades or replacement of existing substation IEDs. McAfee Network Intrusion
Prevention also provides advanced threat prevention designed specifically for
substation systems architectures.

The SUBNET PowerSYSTEM Center security solution for centralized IED Access
Control and IED Password Management, required for NERC CIP compliance, becomes
a comprehensive power system security solution with the combination of McAfee
Enterprise Security solutions. McAfee Enterprise Security Manager provides
deep security visibility for stronger attack detection and incident response,
including threats specific to substation integration and automation systems.
Using McAfee Deep Command and McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator software, an asset
owner can power on a substation computer to remotely update it out of band,
provide patches and security updates.

“Cyber security attacks on industrial automations are real and increasing.
According to, In the Dark, Center for Strategic and International Studies
(CSIS), February 2011 study, funded by McAfee, 85% of critical infrastructure
companies have experienced an intrusion,” said David Hatchell, Director of
Industrial Control Systems and Energy at McAfee. “To protect the complexity
and diversity of electrical power delivery systems, a strong partnership is
necessary between the equipment manufacturer and the security vendor to
increase security while ensuring the safety and reliability of the systems. 
We are pleased to be working with SUBNET to bring an advanced security
solution to the substation automation industry.”

More Information:

This offering is available from SUBNET on its SubSTATION Server Platform. More
information is available at the SUBNET booth #2325 at DistribuTECH.


SUBNET Solutions Inc. is an industry leading software solutions provider for
electrical utilities. SUBNET focuses on Making Power Grids More Intelligent®.
Founded in 1992, SUBNET provides intelligent solutions that securely connect
any substation device over any communication network to any business
intelligence system. Over 200 utilities worldwide rely on SUBNET software to
safely manage and monitor thousands of substations. Visit for more information.

About McAfee

McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), empowers
businesses, the public sector, and home users to safely experience the
benefits of the Internet. The company delivers proactive and proven security
solutions and services for systems, networks, and mobile devices around the
world. With its Security Connected strategy, innovative approach to
hardware-enhanced security, and unique Global Threat Intelligence network,
McAfee is relentlessly focused on keeping its customers safe.

Note: McAfee is a trademark or registered trademark of McAfee, Inc. in the
United States and other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as
the property of others.


Jonelle Hester, 408-346-3855
Zeno Group
Melinda Jenkins, 650-219-1823
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