SOS, Intl. Partners with N&ST to Add Critical Infrastructure Protection Consulting to its Reliability Training and Consulting Programs for the Power Industry

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SOS, Intl. Now Provides CIP to its Clients through a partnership with N&ST. Both are leaders in their industries and are working together to help power operators prepare to meet the new NERC regulations taking effect June 4, 2007.

System Operations Success, International (http://www.sosintl.com, SOS) and Network & Security Technologies (http://www.netsectech.com, N&ST) have joined forces to offer a complete consulting and training solution for the power industry. This joint venture will combine an inclusive cyber security consulting and training package with SOS's current programs designed to improve system reliability and keep power marketers and system operators NERC compliant. SOS, Intl is the first company to offer this total training and consulting package focused on system reliability.

"This is a great partnership to ensure that our clients continually meet the changing regulations and evolving challenges the industry faces", said Matt Sadinsky, President and CEO of SOS, Intl. "As we enter our fifth year of growth, we have broadened our products and services to meet the critical goal of ensuring reliability across North America. SOS has always led the way in providing the most comprehensive, research based training solutions. Now, as our reliability consulting grows adding expertise and specific cyber security and risk assessment technologies to our programs, with a true leader in systems architecture and network security, makes a lot of sense."

This joint venture is being created amidst a spate of upcoming NERC regulations, which are, in part, expected to ensure a more secure energy network. "This is the perfect marriage of our resources in information security and SOS's experience in training and development at the right time," said Adam Lipson, President and CEO of N&ST.

System Operations Success, Intl. (SOS) is a leading provider of training and consulting for the power industry. By constantly tracking, company training and development programs against evolving NERC requirements, SOS has become a leader in providing effective customized training, simulation and consulting services. The training programs SOS offers include classroom, self-study online modules, including sophisticated computer simulation. All are designed using the latest in adult learning and retention theories. SOS, Intl headquartered in Charlotte, NC, has provided NERC approved continuing education to thousands of system operators across the United States and Canada since 2002, ultimately helping to ensure reliability for the North American power grid. For more information, go to: http://www.sosintl.com.

Network & Security Technologies (N&ST) is a consulting company specializing in information security as applied to the power industry. Its core strength is in the area of "cyber" security: protecting data and applications that use networks. N&ST staff are proven experts in the field, coming from industry leaders and Internet groundbreaking companies. N&ST provides a wide range of security offerings, such as NERC CIP gap analysis and remediation, network/vulnerability assessment, audit preparation and policy and procedure development. N&ST has significant experience working with energy companies involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power. As a security consulting organization that focuses on the energy industry, N&ST has assisted many clients meet their NERC cyber security obligations. For more information, go to: http://www.netsectech.com.

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