From the Control Room, to the Substation, to the Pole, ConsoleWorks Automates Baseline Configuration Management of All Cyber Assets

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Solution from TDi Technologies addresses NERC CIP requirements while reducing manpower and simplifying operations.

TDi Technologies, the leader in IT Foundation Management, today announced the availability of the new, automated Baseline Configuration Management solution designed to provide managerial visibility and control over the BCM practice while eliminating the majority of sources where human error can result in unintentional device configuration changes that impact the overall security practice.

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“Without automation, BCM is a costly operations activity that is difficult to manage and prone to mistakes that can leave the Utility provider vulnerable to cyber attack,” said Terry Schurter, TDi Technologies, VP of Marketing, “ConsoleWorks’ Baseline Configuration Management solution looks at the problem holistically by taking a device and platform agnostic approach for supporting all routable protocol devices.”

The Utilities industry, in particular, is required to meet certain NERC-CIP requirements for establishing and retaining a set of secure configuration profiles across hundreds, often thousands, of cyber assets (reference NERC CIP-010-05 whitepaper from TDi Technologies). Manufacturer point solutions exist in a few cases today. However, the limited capabilities vary across manufacturers and the functionality is inadequate for addressing the basic NERC-CIP requirements.

“While the obvious driver behind interest in a comprehensive BCM solution is driven by NERC-CIP regulations,” said Bill Johnson, TDi Technologies, CEO, “the ConsoleWorks BCM solution enables Utility providers to meet NERC-CIP requirements while simplifying operations and reducing manpower requirements – it addresses a real business challenge.”

ConsoleWorks automates baseline configuration management of all cyber assets from the control room, to the substation, to the pole. It periodically retrieves the current configuration of each monitored asset and compares it to the established baseline. If a difference is detected, an Event is created and logged and a notification is sent to a designated person for further assessment.

The ConsoleWorks BCM solution offers the following key functions:

  •     Configuration Retrieval – automatic collection of actual device configurations
  •     Baseline Establishment – designation of an approved configuration baseline
  •     Auto-Comparison – comparison of current configuration against the baseline
  •     Event Detection – generates events (alerts) when a difference is detected from the established baseline configuration and the current device configuration
  •     Scheduling – frequency that comparisons are run
  •     Manual Trigger – manual running of comparison
  •     Historical Reference – the ability to maintain a number of historical baselines including all BCM events detected

ConsoleWorks© Server
ConsoleWorks is the leading IT Foundation Management solution on the market. The ConsoleWorks Server is the high-performance engine that handles information flow processing, business rule execution, pattern matching, role-based security, and signed log-file generation. It handles all input and output for the IT foundation, serving this data up as needed and is capable of managing more than 1000 connections per sever invocation. The ConsoleWorks Server is a complete IT Foundation Management solution package.

About TDi Technologies
TDi Technologies is the leader in IT Foundation Management, delivering IT Foundation Management solutions to a global customer base with key verticals including Financial Services, Telecommunications, Utilities, Healthcare, and Government. The company’s solutions help customers reduce operating costs, meet foundational compliance requirements, secure the IT foundation, and improve IT Service delivery. TDi Technologies is the first solution provider to offer a unified system of operation and management over the IT foundation. The company’s patented technology provides automation, optimization, control and management capabilities that dramatically improve the ability of IT to meet the demands of the business.


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