OATI Cybersecurity Leadership Complements Presidential Policy Directive – United States Cyber Incident Coordination

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Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) proudly maintained strategic relationships for cyber incident response coordination prior to issuance of Presidential Policy Directive.

OATI is proud to support any efforts toward enhancing the nation’s cybersecurity. In July 2016, the White House issued a Presidential Policy Directive on cyber incident strategy (PPD-41) which coordinates a joint approach by individuals, private and public businesses, and the government to address high-risk cyber incidents. PPD-41 specifically designates the FBI as a lead agency for threat response activities. Ahead of PPD-41, OATI Security and Compliance Counsel, Jerrod Montoya, has held a board level position in InfraGard Minnesota Members Alliance (InfraGard) and currently serves as the chapter President. OATI maintains strong relationship with the FBI through its leadership in InfraGard.

Beyond InfraGard, OATI remains committed to other national level cybersecurity initiatives, including those governing the Bulk Electric System (BES). OATI products are developed and deployed with stringent standards, including North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems, North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Wholesale Electric Quadrant Public Key Infrastructure Standards, and more. Proactive relationships prepare OATI for response; adherence to these standards demonstrate commitment as an organization to furthering national cybersecurity policy at an operational level.

Another way OATI supports federal policy initiatives, such as PPD-41, is through general cybersecurity thought leadership. On September 06, 2016, Montoya spoke about cybersecurity in a panel titled “A New Cybersecurity Architecture from Bulk Power to Distribution Grid Endpoints” at the 2016 IEEE ISGT Conference. PPD-41 recognizes the enhanced risk associated with advancements in technology and other innovations. OATI advancements in smart grid technology and thoughts in that space are designed to help mitigate risk.

“As a leader in providing energy-related solutions in an ever evolving space, OATI is at the forefront of many new challenges,” said Montoya. “OATI is proud to offer its expertise in ensuring cybersecurity is considered a priority in developing the next generation grid.”

About OATI
Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) has earned the reputation for rock solid, ultra-secure communications, data management, and hosting. Customers rely on OATI solutions to protect billions of dollars of assets because OATI has demonstrated best-in-class physical and cyber security controls.

webCARES is OATI’s proprietary and wholly managed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Certificate Authority (CA) solution, hosted in the OATI Private Cloud Infrastructure, where it benefits from unparalleled security, availability, and redundancy. Security of the PKI, physical and virtual, is critical for the reliability and trust essential in CA operations. OATI employs a layered and comprehensive security approach that relies on no single point of protection and, as a result, no single point of vulnerability.

Rigorous annual third party audits review every aspect of operation, process, and security. Auditors consistently document OATI’s compliance with WebTrust for Certification Authorities, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Tier IV, and North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) Wholesale Electric Quadrant (WEQ) WEQ-012 Accreditation Requirements for Authorized Certification Authorities (ACA) Business Practice Standards requirements. OATI is one of the very few industry participants to fully comply with these standards in North America.

Through the webCARES solution, OATI provides end-to-end data and communications security featuring four-factor authentication, PKI encryption, Certificate Authority, and the best hosted solutions in the country.

OATI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices in Redwood City, California and Chandigarh. Contact OATI at 763.201.2000, via email at sales@oati.net or on the web at http://www.oati.com/Solution/Support/OATI-PKI.

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