Verve Industrial Protection and Dexcent Inc Announce Strategic Partnership to Deliver Integrated Cybersecurity Solution throughout North America

Collaboration Will Strengthen the Delivery of Verve Security Center Throughout North America.

EDMONTON, AB, CANADA AND PADUCAH, KY, USA — April 25, 2018 — Cybersecurity is a technology-driven, people-enabled program, and increasing and then maintaining the overall security posture of the OT/ICS environment can be challenging. Because of this realization, Verve Industrial Protection and Dexcent Inc are investing in next-generation technology and skilled ICS cybersecurity expertise.

 

 

News Highlights

  • The Verve Security Center (VSC) platform provides an ICS-wide view of the real-time health of the OT/ICS cybersecurity environment including embedded equipment to HMIs and workstations and provides unrivalled situational awareness of the ICS cybersecurity posture. By safely combining comprehensive asset profiles with supporting security information from vulnerability scanning to patch, backup and change management, the VSC platform provides unparalleled visibility, management and measurement of OT/ICS security programs.
  • The VSC platform used at regulated and non-regulated companies has proven to be easily scalable, flexible and to provide a significant improvement in security and situational awareness. Using VSC, customers have been able to realize significant gains in their security posture by making wholesale improvements across the board from asset detection through to responding, reporting and taking corrective action.
  • Under the terms of the partnership, Dexcent can offer the Verve Security Center (VSC) platform to its customers to improve performance, security and manageability across their OT/ICS environment. The VSC platform, when combined with Dexcent’s team of cybersecurity and industrial infrastructure professionals, enhances our capabilities to provide customers with an offering to – Manage Every Experience That Matters. This includes field engineering support and maintenance, remote OT network management, remote OT server management, security compliance management, and vendor support.
  • Under the terms of the partnership, Verve grows its trusted team of ICS cybersecurity experts to provide customers with expertise locally available in Canada. Verve will continue to bring their significant experience in Designing for Defence for OT security programs and in Managed Asset Protection services for post-implementation support and maintenance of security programs.
  • In making this announcement, Verve and Dexcent are building on the best-in-class cybersecurity services that they have jointly delivered to their respective customers since 2017. Combined, they form a team of ~100 professionals to be an extension of your ICS operations.
  • The partnership will enable both companies to strengthen their respective ability to provide customers with unmatched skills, performance, and flexibility while reducing the overall total cost of ownership.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements relating to future plans, objectives, products, services and technologies and the expected demand for Verve or Dexcent products and services. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause Verve’s and Dexcent’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause Verve’s or Dexcent’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in demand, sales cycles and prices for Verve and Dexcent products and services, and other factors. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to as of the date hereof, and neither Verve nor Dexcent assumes any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Any future product, service, feature or related specification that may be referenced in this release is for information purposes only and is not a commitment to deliver any technology or enhancement. Each of Verve and Dexcent reserve the right to modify future product plans at any time.

About Dexcent
We provide a range of highly specialized engineering consulting services and solutions aimed specifically at optimizing industrial plant operations and business performance. Dexcent does this using in-depth knowledge and expertise in industrial analytics & information, cybersecurity & infrastructure, and process control systems.

Our solutions have a simple premise; each is engineered to:

  • empowerstakeholders within the organization with relevant and timely knowledge and information for improved decision-making;
  • enableour customers to achieve operational excellence;
  • protectand secure critical engineering and OT infrastructure; and
  • enhancethe capabilities of industrial systems.

The strength of our company is in our ability to leverage technology and assemble a strong team from within Dexcent, the customer, and other specialized service providers and partners to provide a solution that meets and exceeds your requirements.

About Verve Industrial Protection
Verve is the leading provider of cybersecurity for industrial control systems.  The company’s proprietary Verve Security Center integrates end point detection & response with robust network analysis to provide comprehensive cybersecurity orchestration.  Verve Security Center helps clients achieve rapid maturity increases against NIST, CSC20, NERC CIP, ISA99, ISO27001, and other industrial cybersecurity standards.

The company’s software is backed by 25+ years of industrial controls engineering experience to ensure ongoing low-cost maintenance & remediation support.

 

Verve Industrial Protection announces appointment of experienced NERC CIP auditor and ICS program expert Boyd Nation, as Director of Compliance Services

Chicago – Feb 24, 2018 – Verve Industrial Protection, the global leader in industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity, today announced the appointment of Boyd Nation as Director of Compliance Services.  He will be responsible for leading our compliance services in support of the Verve suite of solutions.

A 20+-year utility security and compliance veteran who has provided high-level compliance services and program leadership to major power companies like,Southern Company, Ameren, and Exelon along with a large number of smaller but important pieces of the Bulk Electric System, Nation has built several ICS security and compliance programs, turning siloed security tools and practices into a sustainable compliance program and significantly reducing risk.

“We are thrilled to have Boyd assume this role.  His depth of expertise in the ICS cybersecurity industry especially around compliance is a significant addition to our team.  We are committed to bringing our unique industrial control systems cybersecurity platform based solution to the global market. Boyd is the perfect person to lead this,” said John Livingston, CEO of Verve Industrial Protection.

Verve industrial Protection’s flagship product, the Verve Security Center, soon to release its fourth version, is a comprehensive platform to manage all critical elements of cybersecurity within the ICS environment. Its unique cross-vendor solution allows operation technology (OT) leaders to significantly reduce the costs and complexity of managing cyber defense across the enterprise from a single console.

“Verve Industrial is extremely well positioned to help industrial customers reduce complexity, capture investment and position themselves for highly accurate visibility and action into their security and compliance programs”, said Mr. Nation. “I am very excited to engage with our customers and channel partners that service this space to help bring clarity to an often chaotic topic while organizing and extending our available compliance services.  We will be building a world-class compliance service organization to complement Verve’s traditional strength across our software product line and engineering services expertise”.

About Verve Industrial Protection

Verve Industrial Protection is a world-class engineering firm specializing in ICS systems, cybersecurity and technical services. Verve Industrial Protection reinvented the ICS cybersecurity industry by fusing information technology (IT) with operational technology (OT) through the Verve Security Center.  For more information, please visit Verveindustrial.com, or follow us on LinkedIn.

Verve Industrial Protection announces appointment of experienced Cyber Security executive Jim Crowley, as Vice President Sales & Marketing

Chicago – September 11, 2017 – Verve Industrial Protection the global leader in industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity, today announced the appointment of Jim Crowley as Vice President Sales and Marketing.  He will be responsible for revenue generation and new customer acquisition globally.

An information security veteran who previously held senior leadership positions at notable companies including ThreatStack, Imperva and Industrial Defender, Crowley has built several high performing sales operations, turning early stage software and service companies into successful market leaders.

“We are thrilled to have Jim join Verve.  His depth of expertise in the ICS cybersecurity industry is a significant addition to our team.  We are committed to bringing our unique industrial control systems cybersecurity software and services to the global market. Jim is the perfect person to lead this,” said John Livingston, CEO of Verve Industrial Protection.

Verve industrial Protection’s flagship product, the Verve Security Center, now in its third version, is a comprehensive platform to manage all critical elements of cybersecurity within the ICS environment. Its unique cross-vendor solution allows operation technology (OT) leaders to significantly reduce the costs and complexity of managing cyber defense across the enterprise from a single console.

“Verve Industrial is extremely well positioned to help industrial customers solve security automation, integration and compliance challenges”, said Mr. Crowley. “I am very excited to engage with our customers and channel partners that service the industrial control ecosystem”.

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About Verve Industrial Protection

Verve Industrial Protection is a world-class engineering firm specializing in ICS systems, cybersecurity and technical services. Verve Industrial Protection reinvented the ICS cybersecurity industry by fusing information technology (IT) with operational technology (OT) through the Verve Security Center.  For more information, please visit Verveindustrial.com, email info@verveindustrial.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

Leading Cyber Security Software Architect, Bill Easton, joins Verve Industrial Protection as Chief Technical Officer

Easton brings distinctive experience in end point protection and management

ST. LOUIS, MO and CHICAGO – July 5, 2017 – Verve Industrial Protection, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Easton as Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Easton will help Verve continue to establish its leadership position as the leading platform for ICS cybersecurity.

Mr. Easton joins Verve Industrial Protection from RES software, a leading provider of end point protection services where he was a leader of BigFix integration.  Mr. Easton is one of the leading innovators in how to integrate different types of end-point protection to simplify the security process for end users.

“We are excited to welcome Bill to our team.  Verve Security Center is the only ICS-focused cyber security solution that provides an integrated platform to simplify end-point and network protection. Bill’s deep expertise in integrating these capabilities will help us extend our differentiation in this arena,” said John Livingston, CEO of Verve Industrial Protection.

Mr. Easton will help continue to expand the capabilities of 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.

“I am thrilled to join the Verve team.  The complexity of cyber security, especially in the ICS environment, requires that providers find a way to simplify solutions.  The Verve platform is one-of-a-kind.  The ability to bring together the full view of threats into an orchestrated platform is key to ensuring protection. I am excited to help continue to expand Verve’s leadership ,” said Mr. Easton.

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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, an orchestration platform for ICS cyber security.  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

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.