Leading energy sector executive, Jason Few, joins Verve Industrial Protection as Senior Advisor

Few brings deep perspective on the needs of energy companies relating to cyber security and industrial protection

St. LOUIS, MO and CHICAGO – MAY 16, 2017 – Verve Industrial Protection, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Few as Senior Advisor. Mr. Few will help Verve deepen its presence and product leadership in the energy sector.

Mr. Few is the former CEO of Continuum Energy, one the leading mid-stream natural gas providers in North America.  Prior to Continuum, Mr. Few served as President of Reliant Energy in Houston where he led the company’s retail operations.  He is deeply sensitive to the threats that energy companies face from both intentional and unintentional cyber risks. His expertise will help expand Verve’s capabilities in this critical arena.

“We are excited that Jason chose to join us as Senior Advisor.  His experience will help us continue to develop Verve for the critical needs of the energy sector in protecting their most critical assets.  Verve Security Center is the only ICS-focused cyber security solution that provides an integrated platform to simplify end-point and network protection. Jason’s C-level perspective will help us continue to make our solution as relevant for executives managing this critical area,” said John Livingston, CEO of Verve Industrial Protection.

“I am excited to join the Verve team as Senior Advisor.  I have looked at a range of the available cyber security products available for industrial control systems and none of them has the same C-level application and relevance as the Verve Security Center.  It’s ability to orchestrate information and threats across different cyber security tools is critical to ensuring the most important threats are addressed ,” said Mr.Few.

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About Verve Industrial Protection:  Verve, formerly known as RKNeal Engineering, has been in the industrial controls engineering business for approximately 25 years. The company’s flagship software product is the Verve Security Center.   Verve Security Center (VSC) is a vendor agnostic security suite that consolidates antivirus, application whitelisting, change & configuration management, security information & event management (SIEM), patch management, vulnerability assessments, intrusion detection, backup management, compliance, workflow and document management into a unified solution.   VSC brings together threat intelligence into a single console so users can quickly and simply understand their security posture and compliance status The company also offers industrial controls engineering and managed asset protection services to industrial clients.

For more information, please email us at sales@rverveindustrial.com, visit us at verveindustrial.com

Industrial Controls Expert, Jennifer Love, joins Verve Industrial Protection as Customer Officer

Love has broad experience in helping clients find innovative security and controls solutions in process controls

ST. LOUIS, MO and CHICAGO – May 25, 2017 – Verve Industrial Protection, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Love as Customer Officer. Ms. Love will work with Verve’s clients to help them get the most out of the company’s software and services.

Ms. Love joins Verve Industrial Protection from ABB.  As a process control engineer she has worked for Invensys, Honeywell and ABB.  She has helped dozens of clients significantly reduce cost of service through the introduction of secure and reliable remote service offerings.  She is a committed advocate in the pursuit of solving her clients most challenging operational needs.
“We are excited to welcome Jenny to our team.  Verve prides itself on bringing deep industrial controls experience to all of our clients.  Jenny is steeped in ICS.  She will bring great insights to our clients of how to ensure their systems are secure and reliable,” said John Livingston, CEO of Verve Industrial Protection.

Ms. Love will help clients bring together the power of Verve Industrial Protection’s integrated set of protection and security solutions.  1) Design-4-Defense 2) Verve Security Center, and 3) Managed Asset Protection Services.  Together, these solutions allow Verve to help customers build true defense in depth and cover the critical areas of security as well as compliance.

“I am excited to be part of a team of experienced industrial controls experts who are bringing cybersecurity and reliability solutions that are “built by ICS engineers, for ICS engineers.  I have seen firsthand the challenges that large industrial companies face in protecting their critical assets.  Verve has built the kind of solutions that I know these customers need,” said Ms. Love.

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About Verve Industrial Protection:  Verve, formerly known as RKNeal Engineering, has been in the industrial controls engineering business for approximately 25 years. The company’s flagship software product, Verve Security Center (VSC) is a vendor agnostic security suite that consolidates antivirus, application whitelisting, change & configuration management, security information & event management (SIEM), patch management, vulnerability assessments, intrusion detection, backup management, compliance, workflow and document management into a unified solution.   VSC brings together threat intelligence into a single console so users can quickly and simply understand their security posture and compliance status. The company also offers industrial controls engineering and managed asset protection services to industrial clients.

 

For more information, please email us at sales@verveindustrial.com, visit us at verveindustrial.com

Magion Partners With Verve Industrial Protection

This week Magion announces its partnership with Verve Industrial Protection, an RKNeal Engineering company. Both Magion and Verve have a solid background in process control and automation.

Verve has been in the control engineering business for 25 years. Verve Industrial Protection encompasses three integrated software and service offerings: Design-4-Defense industrial control engineering, Verve Security Center software platform and Managed Asset Protection Services.

Together, these solutions help customers build true defense in depth and cover the critical areas of compliance required by regulators.

This union with Verve is Magion’s step forward into a strategy to move further into industrial cyber security operations, taking advantage of opportunities driven by the Industrial Internet of Things.

For more information regarding this partnership, please contact your Verve Industrial Protection at 1-855-475-6247 or Magion representative.

Verve Industrial Protection is a provider of software and services for the process industries.

Magion is a system integrator in process control & automation engineering, production intelligence and optimization.

 

Industrial Cybersecurity Industry Leader, Eric Byres, Joins Verve Industrial Protection as Senior Advisor

ST. LOUIS and CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2017:  Verve Industrial Protection, formerly known as RKNeal, is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Byres P.Eng, ISA Fellow, as Senior Advisor.  Mr. Byres will work with the leadership of the company on product and strategic matters in the arena of industrial cybersecurity and protection.

Mr. Byres has a tremendous track record as a leader in ICS cybersecurity.  As the inventor of the Tofino Security technology, Eric and his partner Joann guided the product through its evolution from academic research project and startup to successful acquisition by Belden Inc. Today it is probably the most widely deployed ICS-specific firewall in the world.

Eric is also known for his leadership in international standards and research for ICS/SCADA security. As the founder of the BCIT Critical Infrastructure Security Centre, he shaped it into one of North America’s leading academic facilities in ICS security, culminating in a SANS Institute Security Leadership Award in 2006. He was the founding chair of the ISA SP-99 Security Technologies Working Group, and the Canadian representative for the IEC TC65/WG10 standards effort.

“We are thrilled that Eric has agreed to join us as we push forward in our vision to help secure industrial control systems.  Eric’s willingness to commit his valuable time to our company will help us expand our leading industrial cybersecurity solutions,” said John Livingston, CEO of Verve Industrial Protection.

Mr. Byres will focus helping expand the capabilities of Verve Industrial’s flagship product, Verve Security Center (VSC).  VSC is a vendor agnostic platform that consolidates antivirus, application whitelisting, change & configuration management, security information & event management (SIEM), patch management, vulnerability assessments, intrusion detection, backup management, and compliance evidence management.   VSC unifies threat intelligence into a single console simplifying the complexity of ICS security and compliance.

“I am excited to help the Verve team expand on the success that they have to date,” said Mr. Byres. “The industrial world really needs a solution like Verve Security Center.  It is the only fully integrated security platform that I have seen that was built by ICS engineers for ICS engineers.  It was designed with the security challenges of the plant floor in mind. Verve’s the foundation that will allow companies to start creating an active defense that truly “closes the loop” on ICS security.”

About Verve Industrial Protection:  Verve has been in the controls engineering business for 25 years. Verve Industrial Protection (“VIP”) encompasses three integrated software and service offerings: 1) Design-4-Defense industrial controls engineering & design, 2) Verve Security Center software platform, and 3) Managed Asset Protection Services.  Together, these solutions help customers build true defense in depth and cover the critical areas of compliance required by regulators.

For more information, visit www.verveindustrial.com or contact Rick Kaun at rkaun@verveindustrial.com or 615-476-1801.

 

RKNeal Launches Verve Industrial Protection

New brand, logo and website reflect growing importance of Industrial Control Protection – cybersecurity, reliability, and compliance

ST. LOUIS, MO and CHICAGO – January 18, 2017 – RKNeal, LLC, a leader in industrial control systems, announces today that it is changing its operating name to Verve Industrial Protection. This new brand reflects the company’s increasing focus on helping industrial clients protect critical assets from cybersecurity threats while maintaining its core strength in industrial automation engineering.

For over 25 years, RKNeal has provided practical, scalable, cost effective industrial control systems solutions to clients in power, chemicals, energy, and basic materials.   The team of control system engineers is recognized by clients for their customer commitment and expertise in all brands of OEM equipment and enjoys a 97% customer retention rate.

Over the past ten years, the company has built on this industrial controls expertise to help clients address the growing challenges of cybersecurity and compliance in control system networks.  The company was the first industrial controls engineering firm to embed cybersecurity and compliance requirements into every engineering project.  In addition, the company built its flagship cybersecurity software product, Verve Security Center, based on its knowledge from 25 years of field-tested engineering.

Today RKNEAL, LLC announced that it is rebranding to now be known as Verve Industrial Protection.  Verve Industrial Protection (“VIP”) encompasses three integrated software and service offerings: 1) Design-4-Defense industrial controls engineering & design services, 2) Verve Security Center software platform, and 3) Managed Asset Protection Services.  Together, these solutions allow Verve to help customers build true defense in depth, protect their critical assets and maximize operational uptime.

The Verve Security Center was “built by ICS engineers for ICS engineers.”  It is a vendor agnostic security suite that consolidates antivirus, application whitelisting, change & configuration management, security information & event management (SIEM), patch management, vulnerability assessments, intrusion detection, backup management, compliance, workflow and document management into a unified solution.   As new technology arises, Verve can adapt to these new features without rewriting complete applications. It simplifies the complexity of protecting these critical assets and is deployed in over a dozen customers and protects thousands of cyber assets.

This rebranding does not indicate a reduced commitment to the traditional industrial controls engineering. “Verve Industrial Protection reflects our commitment to bringing a focus of security, reliability and compliance to all of our clients.  We understand clients need more than just one-time engineering. They are looking for an integrated services and software solution to ensuring their processes continue to operate safely and reliably.” said John Livingston, CEO.

Verve Industrial Protection counts some of the largest and most forward thinking power companies in the US and is currently working with a score of other industries and interested parties in other industries and, most recently, has begun expanding into Europe, the Middle East and Canada.  Bob Bevis, CTO says “We are very proud of what we have built with our clients as our solutions always represent simple yet powerful collaborations and innovations in the way things have been traditionally done.  We are excited to bring these capabilities to global operators of industrial assets.”

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About Verve Industrial Protection: Verve Industrial Protection is a specialist in designing and protecting industrial control systems.  The company has 25 years’ experience in design and maintenance of control systems.  Its cybersecurity offering, Verve Security Center, is the leading solution to bring together full visibility and protection into one integrated console.  For more information, please email us at sales@verveindustrial.com, or visit us at verveindustrial.com

Sonny Garg Joins Rkneal’s Board of Directors

Rkneal, LLC, a global leader in industrial control system (ICS) cyber security, today announced the appointment of Sunil (Sonny) Garg to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Sonny recently joined Uptake, an advanced industrial analytics company, to lead the energy solutions team. Prior to Uptake, Sonny spent 13 years at Exelon Corporation, a Fortune 125 company, in a variety of senior executive positions. Most recently, he was Chief Information and Innovation Officer (CIIO).

“We are thrilled to have Sonny join our Board of Directors,” said John Livingston, CEO at Rkneal. “His deep understanding of the unique ICS challenges facing both comprehensive cyber security and compliance, will help us continue to innovate in ways that strengthen and simplify the security of our customers.”

Rkneal’s flagship product, the Verve Security Center, is an inclusive platform that manages all of the critical elements of cyber security within an ICS environment. Its distinctive cross-vendor capability allows operation technology (OT) leaders to significantly reduce the costs and complexity of managing enterprise cyber defense from a single console.

“I am excited to help advise the Rkneal team as they continue to perfect their market leading solution,” said Garg. “As CIIO, I came in contact with numerous vendors offering cyber security solutions, but Verve is the first product that truly integrates best-of-breed technologies in a way that is both tailored to ICS environments as well as provides leading cyber protection.”

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About Rkneal

Rkneal is a world-class engineering firm specializing in ICS systems, cyber security and technical services. Rkneal reinvented the ICS cyber security industry by fusing information technology (IT) with operation technology (OT) through the Verve Security Center. Verve version 4.0 is scheduled for release in late 2016. For more information, please visit us at rkneal.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.

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Rkneal Announces Strategic Investment By Connected Sensor Solutions

Partnership to Accelerate Growth Initiatives Across Industrial Control System and Cyber Security Business

Rkneal, Inc., a leader in industrial control systems (ICS) and cyber security and Connected Sensor Solutions LLC, a strategic investment and consulting firm advancing the next generation of industrial intelligence, today announced that Connected Sensor Solutions has made a strategic investment in Rkneal.

As part of the investment, Rkneal will continue to provide best-of-breed security solutions through their flagship product, the Verve Security Center, and continue to be a customer-driven engineering firm focusing on ICS and design. Over the past five years, Rkneal has experienced tremendous growth in the cyber security industry, due in large part to their primary focus on ICS in critical infrastructure sectors.

The Verve Security Center is currently being used by a number of Fortune 500 companies at an enterprise level to protect their ICS systems and provide NERC CIP automation. This effort will continue to accelerate as ICS security becomes an even larger priority for global companies.

“We believe that Rkneal is a highly attractive long-term investment opportunity,” said John Livingston, CEO at Connected Sensor Solutions. “They bring over 20 years of control system experience to the cyber security space. This allows them to address the unique differences between traditional IT environments and ICS environments. Furthermore, we firmly believe that Verve’s capability to support multiple ICS platforms, use of best-of-breed products, and innovation to make the security and regulatory processes simpler, and more user-friendly, is critical to deliver the security we all require.”

“Our focus has always been on customer service and regardless of our internal growth initiatives, customer service will always remain our number one priority,” said Robert Bevis, Director of the Cyber Security Business Unit at Rkneal. “We have an exciting future, and we look forward to making Rkneal the most recognizable name in ICS protection. Very few firms have the ability to be subject matter experts in both control systems and provide effective security solutions. It is usually one or the other, and most approach security from an IT perspective.”

The Verve Security Center is a vendor agnostic security suite that consolidates antivirus, application whitelisting, change & configuration management, security information & event management (SIEM), patch management, vulnerability assessments, intrusion detection, backup management, compliance, workflow and document management into a unified solution. As new technology is released, Verve can easily integrate these new capabilities into our core product without rewriting underlying applications. This ultimately ensures that our customers have the latest security technologies.

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About Rkneal

Rkneal is a world-class engineering firm specializing in industrial control systems (ICS), cyber security, and technical services. Our extensive ICS background led to the creation of the Verve Security Center – that works across the heterogeneous control system environment and supports multiple DCS, PLC and SCADA platforms in a single solution. The Verve Security Center has been protecting Fortune 500 companies for the past ten years. For more information, please email us at sales@rkneal.com, visit us at  rkneal.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.

Rkneal was represented by Adviseco, LLC, Scarsdale, New York. Contact: advisecoghc@gmail.com or (917) 543-6251.

About Connected Sensor Solutions

Connected Sensor Solutions is focused on investing and supporting companies innovating the next generation of industrial technologies.  The firm brings capital and capabilities to help accelerate the growth of promising technology companies.

 

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Rkneal Presenting At 59th Annual ISA POWID Conference

Rkneal has been selected to present at the 59th Annual ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 27-30. POWID is a recognized leader in developing and communicating the highest standards of information exchange, practices, environmental awareness and safety of information exchange among engineers, scientists, technicians, students/universities, and management involved in instrumentation and control relating to the production of electricity. The primary focal point of POWID is to advance the interests and concerns of its members.

As part of the cyber security track, Rkneal will specifically address the importance of selecting vendor agnostic technologies for standardization purposes. Our customers have continuously discussed the importance of supporting multiple control system platforms since in reality, power plants never have a single DCS or PLC system. Supporting multiple DCS, PLC and SCADA platforms was one of our primary objectives when designing and developing the Verve Security Center.

For more information on this event, please visit ISA POWID.

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Rkneal Partners With Tripwire

Rkneal to integrate Tripwire Enterprise into the Verve Security Center to help customers achieve NERC CIP compliance

Rkneal, Inc., a leader in industrial automation and cyber security for the energy and power industries, has officially announced a technology partnership and solution integration with Tripwire, Inc., a leading provider of end point protection and response, security and compliance solutions used by over 9,000 organizations, including more than half of the Fortune 500.

The partnership is part of the Tripwire NERC Alliance Network program. The NERC Alliance Network has been designed to foster collaboration on critical infrastructure compliance and security solutions that help companies efficiently and effectively achieve NERC CIP compliance. The alliance includes solution providers whose offerings meet Tripwire’s high standards for technology.

The integration between Tripwire Enterprise® and the Rkneal Verve Security Center will provide mutual energy customers with automated software solutions to continuously monitor system changes and deploy a defense in depth strategy to protect mission critical assets.

“Many of our customers have been using Tripwire for years, so the decision to integrate Tripwire Enterprise into the Verve Security Center allows us to leverage their current infrastructure,” said Adam Brewer, Director of Business Development. “The fact that both our organizations have been assisting with NERC CIP compliance since the standards emerged was also a huge plus.”

The Verve Security Center is a vendor agnostic security suite that consolidates antivirus, application whitelisting, change & configuration management, security information & event management (SIEM), patch management, vulnerability assessments, intrusion detection and backup management technologies into a unified management console. Each layer of Verve was carefully designed to detect, prevent and respond to ICS cyber attacks. At the same time, it automates internal and regulatory compliance reporting.

Tripwire Enterprise is a security configuration management (SCM) suite that provides fully integrated solutions for policy, file integrity and remediation management. Tripwire Enterprise helps IT security, compliance, and IT operations teams rapidly build a strong foundation of security throughout their IT infrastructure by reducing the attack surface, increasing system integrity and delivering continuous compliance. Tripwire Enterprise integrates with a wide range of enterprise applications making it possible for organizations to quickly detect and respond to cyber attacks.

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About Rkneal

Rkneal is a world-class engineering firm specializing in industrial control systems (ICS), cyber security and technical services. Our extensive ICS background eventually led to the development of our flagship product, the Verve Security Center. Verve is a centralized security suite that consolidates antivirus, application whitelisting, change management, security information & event management (SIEM), patch management, vulnerability scans, intrusion detection and backup management technologies into a unified management console. The plug and play feature of Verve works across the heterogeneous control system environment and supports multiple DCS, PLC and SCADA platforms.

About Tripwire

Tripwire is a leading provider of end point protection and response, security and compliance solutions that enable enterprises, service providers and government agencies to confidently detect, prevent and respond to cyber security threats. Tripwire solutions are based on high-fidelity asset visibility and deep endpoint intelligence combined with business-context and enable security automation through enterprise integration. Tripwire’s portfolio of enterprise-class security solutions includes configuration and policy management, file integrity monitoring vulnerability management and log intelligence. Learn more at www.tripwire.com, get security news, trends and insights at http://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/ or follow us on Twitter @TripwireInc.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Adam Brewer, Director of Business Development
sales@rkneal.com

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Rkneal New MSSP For AlienVault

Rkneal to integrate AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM) platform into the Verve Security Center to help customers achieve NERC CIP compliance

Rkneal, Inc., a leader in industrial automation and cyber security for the energy and power industries, has announced it is now a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) for the AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM) platform. Rkneal plans on integrating USM into their flagship product, the Verve Security Center, to help their customers in the power industry achieve NERC CIP compliance.

“More than ever before, our customers in the utilities industry are having to do more with less, so they need products that are easy to implement and maintain,” said Robert Bevis, Director of the Cyber Security Business Unit at Rkneal. “The essential security capabilities of the AlienVault USM platform easily integrate into Verve and provide another layer of threat detection as well as address our overall goal of streamlining compliance efforts.”

The Verve Security Center is a vendor agnostic security suite that consolidates antivirus, application whitelisting, change management, security information & event management (SIEM), patch management, vulnerability assessments, intrusion detection and backup management technologies into a unified management console. Each layer of Verve was carefully designed to detect, prevent and respond to ICS cyber attacks. At the same time, it automates internal and regulatory compliance reporting.

“Our approach was never to develop our own proprietary technologies,” said Adam Brewer, Director of Business Development. “Instead, we wanted to leverage best of breed products so our security experts could apply over 20 years of ICS experience. Each selected technology has been tuned specifically for control system environments.”

AlienVault’s USM platform provides a reliable, highly flexible and scalable deployment model to help service providers quickly deploy and monitor customer environments with robust asset discovery, vulnerability assessment, behavioral monitoring, threat detection and security intelligence.

“Our technology combined with the ICS expertise of Rkneal provides a fast and cost-effective way for teams with limited security budgets to address their NERC CIP compliance needs,” said Mike LaPeters, VP of North Amercan Channel Sales. “Rkneal can now leverage AlienVault’s proven security and threat intelligence platform to help their customers reduce the time to detect and respond to today’s advanced threats.”

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About Rkneal

Rkneal is a world-class engineering firm specializing in industrial control systems (ICS), cyber security and technical services. Our extensive ICS background eventually led to the development of our flagship product, the Verve Security Center. Verve is a centralized security suite that consolidates antivirus, application whitelisting, change management, security information & event management (SIEM), patch management, vulnerability scans, intrusion detection and backup management technologies into a unified management console. The plug and play feature of Verve works across the heterogeneous control system environment and supports multiple DCS, PLC and SCADA platforms.

About AlienVault

AlienVault’s mission is to enable organizations with limited resources to accelerate and simplify their ability to detect and respond to the growing landscape of cyber threats. Our Unified Security Management (USM) platform provides all of the essential security controls required for complete security visibility, and is designed to enable any IT or security practitioner to benefit from results on day one. Powered by threat intelligence from AlienVault Labs and the AlienVault Open Threat Exchange—the world’s largest crowd-sourced threat data network — AlienVault USM delivers a unified, simple and affordable solution for threat detection, incident response and compliance management. AlienVault is a privately held company headquartered in Silicon Valley and backed by Trident Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Institutional Venture Partners, GGV Capital, Intel Capital, Jackson Square Ventures, Adara Venture Partners, Top Tier Capital and Correlation Ventures.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Adam Brewer, Director of Business Development
sales@rkneal.com