Lumension Webcast Discusses Six Keys To Securing Critical IT Infrastructure And Achieving NERC Compliance

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Experts Outline Challenges Faced by Utilities in Today’s Environment and How Power Generating Companies can Prepare for the NERC CIP Deadline on July 1, 2010

With the growth in computer systems of electric, and nuclear power, natural gas, and water distribution networks systems now connected to the Internet, the nation’s critical infrastructure is more vulnerable to a cyber attack. The Federal Cyber Security Outlook for 2010 survey revealed nearly three-quarters of survey respondents (74 percent) who work in national defense and security departments or agencies say the possibility is “high” for a cyber attack on critical infrastructure by a foreign nation in the next year. Additionally, a third of these respondents say they have already experienced such a cyber attack within the last year. According to the U.S. Cyber Consequence Unit, it is estimated that the destruction from a single wave of cyber attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure could exceed $700 billion USD - the equivalent of 50 major hurricanes hitting U.S. soil at once.

As of July 1, 2010, the NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) CIP Requirement includes eight reliability standards that electric and power companies must comply with or risk getting slapped with a $1 million per day, per CIP violation. Although NERC audits are regularly scheduled, additional audits can result if there is a power outage or other incident; therefore, many entities need to take a proactive approach to vulnerability management, endpoint and data protection to ensure continuous NERC compliance.

Lumension, the global leader in endpoint management and security, is hosting a webcast, 6 Keys to Securing Critical Infrastructure & NERC Compliance, which examines the steps utilities can take to improve their overall security and how power generating companies can effectively achieve NERC CIP compliance. Participating in the panel discussion are industry experts: Michael Rasmussen, risk and compliance expert, Corporate Integrity; Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst, Lumension; and Chris Merritt, director of solution marketing, Lumension.

This roundtable discussion will highlight:

  •     The security challenges facing utilities today,
  •     The six critical elements to achieving economical NERC CIP compliance, and
  •     How utilities can secure critical infrastructure in today’s networked environment.

Event Details:

WHAT: 6 Keys to Securing Critical Infrastructure & NERC Compliance

WHEN: June 29, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. PDT / 11:00 a.m. EDT

WHO: Michael Rasmussen, risk and compliance expert, Corporate Integrity; Paul Henry, security and forensic analyst, Lumension; Chris Merritt, director of solution marketing, Lumension

Registration Information:

To register for this webinar, please visit 6 Keys to Securing Critical Infrastructure & NERC Compliance.

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About Lumension Security, Inc.
Lumension Security, Inc., a global leader in endpoint management and security, develops, integrates and markets security software solutions that help businesses protect their vital information and manage critical risk across network and endpoint assets. Lumension enables more than 5,100 customers worldwide to achieve optimal security and IT success by delivering a proven and award-winning solution portfolio that includes vulnerability management, endpoint protection, data protection, antivirus and reporting and compliance offerings. Lumension is known for providing world-class customer support and services 24x7, 365 days a year. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Lumension has operations worldwide, including Virginia, Texas, Utah, Florida, Ireland, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Singapore. Lumension: IT Secured. Success Optimized.™ More information can be found at lumension.com.

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