Leading ICS Cyber Security Expert, Karl Henderson, Joins VERVE as Technical Director, EMEA

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Verve Industrial Protection partners with Magion for Benelux Industrial Cybersecurity

Verve Industrial Protection partners with Magion in the Benelux Countries for Industrial Cybersecurity
This week Magion announces its partnership with VERVE Industrial Protection, a RKNeal Engineering company. Both Magion and Verve have a solid background in process control and automation.
Verve has been in the controls 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 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.

 

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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.

We Are Hiring

Rkneal is currently seeking an experienced Controls Engineer in the Cincinnati, OH area. The selected candidate will be responsible for the design, development, start-up and commissioning of new programmable logic controller (PLC) systems. The Controls Engineer will also be responsible for testing, troubleshooting and modifying existing control systems. Previous experience with distributed control systems (DCS) is a huge plus. This individual must be able to effectively interact with clients, vendors and other Rkneal personnel. Knowledge of power plant processes, control systems and instrumentation is preferred.

For more information, please visit our Careers page or email your updated resume to resumes@rkneal.com

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What Specific NERC CIP Standards Does The Verve Security Center Apply To?

Verve recently developed a new brochure to highlight what specific NERC CIP version 5 standards the Verve Security Center applies to. The Verve Security Center is a centralized security suite that consolidates multiple best of breed technologies into a unified management console.  We understand the unique differences between traditional IT environments and industrial control systems (ICS) because of our extensive ICS background. For the past 22 years, Verve and its predecessor, Rkneal,  have been focusing on turnkey DCS, PLC and SCADA upgrades within the utilities industry. In fact, the power industry represents 90% of our business.

Verve helps automate many of the requirements associated with CIP 005, 007, 009 and 010. It also provides several layers of evidence gathering. For more information, please download our NERC CIP Mapping brochure.

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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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DHS Report, Application Whitelisting And Patching Play A Crucial Role

Application whitelisting and patch management are just two of the technologies integrated into the Verve Security Center

According to a recent United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report, application whitelisting and proper patch management mitigate 67 percent of “common exploitable weaknesses in “as-built” control systems.” The December 2015 report, “Seven Strategies to Defend Industrial Control Systems” highlights the rise in cyber attacks targeting U.S. critical infrastructure.

Of the 295 incidents reported to the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) last year, the reports cites 98 percent would have been prevented if system owners would have implemented their recommended strategies. As a result, the report details its top seven strategies to protect industrial control systems (ICS) from today’s modern attacks.

“This is the beauty behind the Verve Security Center,” said Adam Brewer, Director of Business Development. “Verve deploys a true defense in depth strategy. In addition to application whitelisting and patching, Verve consolidates antivirus, change management, security information & event management (SIEM), vulnerability assessments, intrusion detection and backup management technologies into a unified management console.”

Since 2009, Rkneal has deployed the Verve Security Center at multiple power plants and substations.

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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