North Dakota Electric Company Plugs Into Activeworx SIEM Power

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Power utility cites regulatory compliance reports, ease of use, as key benefits for selecting Activeworx Security Center as SIM solution.

CrossTec Corporation ( announced that Cass County Electric Cooperative (CCEC) has implemented Activeworx Security Center as their security information and event management solution. Activeworx is a high value, low cost SIEM software solution that excels at normalizing, correlating, and reporting on multi-vendor security information.

Headquartered in Kindred, North Dakota, Cass County Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, customer owned electric distribution system serving over 30,000 members in an eight-county area in southeastern North Dakota. CCEC must comply with multiple regulatory requirements including, PCI because they accept credit card payments, GLBA because they provide loans for energy conservation upgrades and even HIPAA because they maintain some health records. In addition, CCEC voluntarily complies with some power industry specific regulations and must track firewall traffic between a couple remote locations and the main office.

The Activeworx Report Engine was one of the reasons Cass County Electric chose Activeworx. "One of the big draws with Activeworx was the pre-configured reports that are designed to respond to those compliance requirements," said Tim Sanden, VP of Information Technology and CIO for CCEC, "We found that to be a really nice feature."

While compliance was a driving factor for Cass County Electric, they had multiple goals when they began searching for a security information and event management solution. In particular, CCEC needed better management and visibility into system logs. "Anyone who has ever looked at system logs knows they are really unmanageable in their native form," noted Sanden, "With Activeworx we were able to configure reporting and alerts to look for things that we wanted to see, and are required to monitor, so Activeworx really has become our eyes on our logs and does the monitoring for us."

Activeworx Security Center collects, normalizes and analyzes data from virtually any security device from any vendor. At the heart of Activeworx is the powerful Activeworx Event Framework (AEF) which recognizes event data from various vendor devices such as Firewalls, IDS, IPS, Syslog, SNMP, Vulnerability Assessment, Antivirus, Routers, Switches, VPN's, Windows Event Logs, and more. Activeworx Security Center also provides powerful n-tiered backend functionality such as flexible collection engines utilizing standards based parsing algorithms and memory based correlation engine to identify hidden threats. Activeworx supplies detailed security alerts, vital reports for investigations and regulatory compliance and deep forensics tools.

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About CrossTec
Since 1999, CrossTec's Activeworx brand security tools ( have been downloaded more then 100,000 times. The flagship product, Activeworx Security Center (ASC), is a cost-effective security information and event management (SIEM) software solution that provides real-time security device log monitoring with correlated alerts, management and compliance reports, log data storage, and tools for advanced, in-depth forensic analysis. CrossTec's mission is to protect organizations by reducing the time it takes to analyze massive amounts of event log data from multiple devices and vendors to produce real-time alerts and vital reports that pinpoint network security breaches.


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