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CMSS provides comprehensive IT security for critical industries.

Industrial Defender : 15 May, 2007  (New Product)
IT security defence product for SCADA and process control applications combines firewall with Unified Threat Management and performance monitoring.
Industrial Defender has launched its Co-Managed Security Services (CMSS) platform - the industry's first and only outsourced cyber Risk Management and monitoring service designed for the real-time process control and SCADA environments.

With its new CMSS offering, Industrial Defender provides the final element for a completely integrated Cyber Risk Protection Lifecycle which helps critical infrastructure organizations in the power, water, energy, transportation and chemical industries assess, mitigate and now manage risk. Industrial Defender acquired the CMSS offering from e-DMZ Security LLC in September 2006 and has now fully incorporated the outsourced offering into the Industrial Defender platform for a complete cyber security lifecycle solution.

In February 2003 the White House released The National Strategy to Secure Cyber-Space as an overall effort to protect the nation's critical infrastructure and since then, security regulations around the globe are being put into place with impending deadlines. With more than $1.5 billion estimated in annual manufacturing system Risk Management spending in power, energy, water, chemicals and transportation over the next five years, companies are realizing the need to protect themselves from the increased volume and sophistication of cyber security threats that can have extreme public, social and economic impact. Incidents that have already occurred range from the release of millions of liters of sewage into coastal waters and the shutdown of air and ground traffic communication at an airport to the more catastrophic release of deadly chemicals at a major chemical plant.

Offering a complete co-managed monitoring and management program for the perimeter, network and host environments, Industrial Defender's CMSS team continuously captures global cyber security intelligence to provide customers with unique insight into cyber security attacks and vulnerabilities that can adversely affect the performance and integrity of process control/SCADA systems and associated networks. As a result, the outsourced CMSS model enables cost savings, reduces total cost of ownership (TCO), improves overall revenue flow and frees up employees to focus on what they do best - managing the operational aspects of their business.

The Industrial Defender CMSS team has provided co-managed security services to more than 150 mission-critical process control networks in 21 countries, currently supporting major organizations, such as DuPont.

'Industrial Defender's Co-Managed Security Services offering has been a valuable resource to the DuPont information security and plant operations team for more than five years,' said Larry Brock, chief information security officer for DuPont, which relies on the Industrial Defender Incident Response Team to manage all of DuPont's security protection firewalls at more than 100 plants worldwide. 'The Industrial Defender team provides a very important service in diagnosing any potential security threats, while still giving us the flexibility to retain control of our systems as the security experts keep the system free of issues that could potentially bring us down.'

Providing cyber security protection from a single trusted vendor, Industrial Defender's CMSS team offers unmatched outsourced Risk Management services based on its 16 years of real-time process control and SCADA industry experience combined with the in-depth expertise inherited from the e-DMZ team. Industrial Defender's CMSS experts support:.

* Security monitoring.
* Performance monitoring.
* Firewall co-management.
* Unified Threat Management (UTM) co-management.
* Network Intrusion Service (NIDS) co-management.
* Host-Based Intrusion Detection (HIDS) co-management.
* Security device deployments.
* Network user session recording.

'The sun never sets on Industrial Defender,' said Brian Ahern, President and CEO, Industrial Defender. 'We provide global 24 x 7 x 365 Defense in Depth protection through our Security Operations Center (SOC). Our team has the specific process control system/SCADA design experience combined with extensive security expertise needed to help our customers bridge the knowledge gap between enterprise IT and real-time operations staff. As a result, we can educate each group to arrive at a unified and integrated solution that reduces risk and maximizes uptime.'

The Co-Managed Security Service offering is the third and final component of Industrial Defender's new Risk Protection Lifecycle portfolio. The comprehensive platform includes:

* Risk Assessment - Industrial Defender Consulting Services: With more than 60 risk assessments for SCADA and process control systems, Industrial Defender's consulting services and security assessments have emerged through the acquisition of PlantData Technologies, Inc. in 2006. By engaging with Industrial Defender consulting experts, IT and operations staff can assess and reduce cyber security risk specific to the control environment. The team helps bridge the gap between corporate IT and real-time operations, helping to prevent public safety risks, business continuity disruptions and lost revenue associated with operations/production downtime from security breaches in the industrial control environment.

* Risk Mitigation - Industrial Defender Technology Suite: With 16 years of SCADA experience, more than 1,100 global security deployments for critical infrastructure systems and more than 3,000 mission critical SCADA deployments, Industrial Defender's technology is a proven tool to mitigate cyber threats, protect critical infrastructure and meet regulatory compliance. Industrial Defender is the industry's first and only vendor that offers a comprehensive and fully integrated 'Defense In Depth' solution, covering all seven layers of the process control environment (from perimeter protection and gateway virus filtering to network/host intrusion detection and security event management), instead of stopping at the enterprise firewall or host system - allowing organizations to avoid engagements with multiple vendors and point solutions to completely secure the control environment.

* Risk Management - Industrial Defender Co-Managed Security Services (CMSS): Based on the acquisition of eDMZ last year, Industrial Defender provides co-managed security services for more than 150 mission-critical process control networks in 21 countries. The CMSS 'Incident Response Team' continuously captures global cyber security intelligence to provide customers with unique insight into cyber security attacks and vulnerabilities that can affect the performance and integrity of the critical infrastructure network. With the flexibility to manage as much or as little of the environment depending on requirements and resources, the CMSS offering provides organizations with a complete security monitoring program for the perimeter, network and host environments all from a single, trusted outsourced partner.
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