Industrial Defender Automation Systems Manager™ Improves ICS Situational Awareness

  Industrial Defender Automation Systems Manager™ Improves ICS Situational
  Awareness

     New version extends security interoperability and policy management

Business Wire

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- March 25, 2014

As the leading supplier of cybersecurity, compliance and change management
solutions for industrial control systems, Industrial Defender has released
version 5.6 of Industrial Defender Automation Systems Manager (ASM). This new
version adds interoperability with leading IT security technologies and
enables a unified view of assets, configurations, policies, and events across
heterogeneous operational technology (OT) environments.

The cybersecurity of industrial control systems (ICS) has been under the
microscope for the last few years. The systems that control the power grid,
transportation, oil, gas and chemical production, and clean water distribution
around the world are built on increasingly complex and interconnected
technology that exposes them to new risks and management challenges. With
Industrial Defender ASM v5.6, users now have a single application to manage
the information from a plethora of security and perimeter technologies
including installed antivirus software, network- and host-based firewalls,
data-diodes, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and whitelisting
technologies. Using the ASM application and central dashboard, users have one
place to manage all ICS security events, policies, configurations and reports.
While ASM is known for its ability to unify asset management, configuration
management, and policy management of ICS and industrial endpoints, the
addition of security technology interoperability provides greater situational
awareness, reduces the burden on staff, and speeds compliance reporting within
ICS environments. The result is improved operational efficiency and reduced
cybersecurity risk exposure.

“ASM 5.6 adds a whole new level of interoperability with the security
technologies that have been deployed to address vulnerabilities in control
systems,” states Venkat Pothamsetty, Director of Product Management at
Industrial Defender. “ASM now collects data from a wide range of best-in-breed
security technologies to provide the highest level of situational awareness
for industrial control systems. Customers assert that using ASM has saved them
80% of the time it takes to identify, analyze and report on their ICS
cybersecurity and compliance activities.”

Automating requirements with new NERC CIP mandates

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical
Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards have been revamped over the last few
years with the new version 5 set to take effect on April 1, 2016. Utilities
are already preparing to meet the new standards with investments in
technologies to automate the data collection, analysis and reporting required
for compliance. ASM 5.6 provides these utilities with a platform to seamlessly
meet the new standards including CIP-010-1 which mandates configuration change
management and asset baselines.

Complex cybersecurity policy management made easy

The new version of ASM is designed to allow control systems professionals to
focus more on operations reliability and performance and less on compliance by
automating policy creation and management for industrial control environments.
Policy management provides users with a way to define requirements for their
assets, and report conformance with the established policies without having to
send control systems engineers out to the field.

ASM 5.6 significantly enhances the policy management application, eliminating
the need to create and maintain multiple policies to govern their environment.
With the capability to author complex policy expressions, ASM ensures that
control system assets strictly conform with establish policies across multiple
asset types. Furthermore, ASM has added the ability to easily upload commonly
used policies, deploy those policies across entire classes of assets, create
baselines, and monitor for compliance deviations.

In addition to ASM support for many leading industrial control systems and
security technologies, version 5.6 adds:

  *Platforms: VMWare EsXi, Red Hat Linux v5 and v6, and EHIDS Rules
  *Firewalls: Juniper Junos 12.1, and Checkpoint Management Console
  *Industrial endpoints: Schneider Electric SAGE 2400 RTU
  *Control Systems: Schneider Electric OASyS

ASM 5.6 extends the notification capabilities on the ASM, making it easier for
the user to create notifications on business rule triggers such as deviations
in operational parameters or complex event correlation triggers across a set
of assets.

Industrial Defender’s ASM automates the management of diverse security
technologies and industrial control systems providing asset management,
configuration management, policy management, security event management and
reporting in one unified platform. It safeguards the central mission of
improving uptime and reliability of critical infrastructure operations amid
the escalating cyber threats.

About Industrial Defender

Industrial Defender's suite of integrated products and services is dedicated
to assuring the availability, reliability and security of critical
infrastructure, such as electric power grids, chemical facilities, and oil and
gas pipelines. Our solutions offer a single, unified view into security,
compliance and change management activities across heterogeneous control
system environments. For over a decade, Industrial Defender has been
delivering solutions with a low operational impact, tight integration with
systems, and protocols core to your business. More than 400 companies in 25
countries rely on the company’s solutions. Industrial Defender recently
announced it has signed an agreement to be acquired by Lockheed Martin.

For more information, visit Industrial Defender’s website, connect on LinkedIn
and follow Industrial Defender on Twitter.

Contact:

Industrial Defender
Kim Legelis, 508-718-6700
klegelis@industrialdefender.com
 
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