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Integrated intruder detection for electricity company

Qognify : 14 July, 2016  (Application Story)
Qognify and Senstar have integrated their PSIM and fibre optic intruder detection system to provide better security for an electricity utility company
Integrated intruder detection for electricity company

Qognify has announced the successful integration of their PSIM and Situation Management product, Situator, with Senstar’s fence-mounted fibre optic perimeter intrusion detection system, FiberPatrol-PR (sic). The integration and joint solution was initiated on behalf of a major utility company in North America in order to enable them to maintain compliance with stringent NERC-CIP regulations and improve security and safety.

NERC CIP reliability standards were developed to ensure the physical security of critical assets that control or effect the reliability of bulk electric systems. Non-compliance can result in heavy fines; as high as $1 million per day, per violation. As per NERC, utility companies must respond to incidents within a certain time period upon an alert.

The product is capable of identifying an intrusion point along a fence with high accuracy, providing up to 14.9 mi (24 km) of protection per processor. When an intrusion is detected, it automatically creates alerts in Situator, which provides operators with situational awareness. Situator can then guide operators to the most effective and compliant response via pre-defined, automated and evolving incident management capabilities. Being able to identify a threat or a problem in real time and handle it effectively and efficiently is critical. Moreover, Situator provides detailed, accurate reporting that serves as proof of compliance for regulators.

Utility companies are faced with heightened security and safety threats, reduced budgets, and ever-increasing compliance pressures. “The integrated system effectively addresses these challenges with the ability to identify, notify and effectively respond in real time to ensure business continuity and compliance,” said Senstar’s Product Manager Stewart Dewar. “These benefits come from the inherent reliability of our product’s advanced fibre optic technology, with its cut-immune capability.”

Moti Shabtai, President of Qognify said, “We are proud to team up with Senstar to help our client, an electric utility company, meet the critical challenges of improving compliance, particularly with respect to NERC CIP. The joint approach increases the effectiveness of their security and safety operations and reduces operational costs which are important benefits for any organisation. The automated documentation of every incident’s response allows them to always be prepared for audits and provide proof of compliance.”

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