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Don’t Miss Our Next Event

Rkneal is exhibiting at the annual Grid Security Conference (GridSecCon) October 13-16, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NERC’s GridSecCon series brings together cyber security and physical security experts from industry and government to share emerging security trends., policy advancements and lessons learned related to the electricity sub-sector. The first conference was held in New Orleans in 2011.

The conference objectives include:

  • Promoting reliability of the bulk power system through training and industry education;
  • Delivering cutting-edge discussions on Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) security threats, vulnerabilities and lessons learned from senior industry and government leaders, and;
  • Informing industry with security best-practice discussions on reliability concerns, risk mitigation and physical security and cyber security threat awareness.

For more information on this event, please visit GridSecCon.

Defining Best Of Breed Technology

Over the past couple of years cyber security has become a familiar term to most Americans. It seems like almost every week we hear about another data breach. Whether its banking institutions or retailers, one thing is for sure – cyber security isn’t going away. In fact, the cyber security industry is estimated to grow from $95 billion in 2014 to $155 billion by 2019.

As companies rush into this space, product features and terms often leave customers with more questions than answers. Rkneal is first and foremost an engineering firm specializing in industrial control systems (ICS). We naturally transitioned into cyber security back in 2006 when we were asked to conduct our first ICS network security assessment. And since almost all of our customers are in the critical infrastructure power sector, we quickly had to become familiar with the impact of NERC CIP standards.

Unfortunately, nine years later there is still a lot of confusion regarding industry best practices. We still spend a lot of time focusing on education, especially addressing the issue of whether or not one product can bring an entire organization into NERC CIP compliance.

This brings us to the topic at hand. When Rkneal first began designing and developing our own cyber security product called the Verve Security Center, we weighed heavily the options of developing our own proprietary technologies (patching, vulnerability assessments, change management, etc.) vs. using a hybrid approach that utilized best of breed products.

After extensive research and product review, we came to the conclusion that we would never be able to develop better products than those that have spent millions (if not hundreds of millions) perfecting theirs. In essence, we felt a more practical approach was to select the best technology software products from each category (antivirus, application whitelisting, SIEM, etc.).

But what does best of breed technology really mean?

In its simplest form, this means the best product of its type. Just because an antivirus vendor is really good at developing antivirus software, it doesn’t mean they will be good at developing other technologies such as application whitelisting. This might not be a sector they are even interested in.

From our perspective, utilizing best of breed technologies gives us incredible flexibility and scalability. We can often offer our customers the top products for any given category, while easily integrating them into Verve. In many cases, it also gives us the ability to integrate with our customers current infrastructure. And as better technologies are developed and released, it gives us the ability to easily incorporate them into Verve.

To learn more about the Verve Security Center, please contact Rkneal to find out more information or to schedule a product demonstration.

Be A Part Of Something Big

Like all solid companies, Rkneal depends on the strengths and abilities of our employees. Since we understand our organization is only as good as our last project, we are committed to enabling our people to reach their full potential, both professionally and personally.

Rkneal possesses a strong corporate culture that values hard work, innovation and drive. If you are passionate about your job and believe in what you do – we want to talk with you.

We’re always looking to connect with talented, like-minded people and currently have several openings in engineering, cyber security and information technology (IT). To see a list of current job openings, please visit our Careers page.

Rkneal Unveils New Website

Rkneal, Inc., a world-class engineering firm, has announced the launch of its new website www.rkneal.com.

The new website includes a cleaner and more attractive design, a more engaging user experience, more information regarding our flagship product, the Verve Security Center and enhanced search and navigation.

According to Stephanie Bevis, President for Rkneal, Inc., “The new website provides more visibility into our product and service offerings. Rkneal has been working on these enhancements since early 2015, but we feel the new design will insure visitors can easily find relevant information.”

Other website features include:

  • Convenient forms to request product or service information, as well as the ability to subscribe to company newsletters
  • New product demos, case studies and marketing brochures
  • Careers portal accessing job opportunities
  • Rkneal, Inc. news and events

About Rkneal

Rkneal is a world-class engineering firm specializing in industrial control systems, cyber security and technical services. Since 1994, Rkneal has successfully completed several intricate control system projects ranging from complete migrations, upgrades and conversions from older legacy systems to modern controls.

Our engineers have worked with every major DCS, PLC and SCADA system currently on the market. This broad range of control system expertise allows Rkneal to offer the best solution without bias toward a particular control system vendor.