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Valley Business Front Feature Article

FoxGuard Solutions is proud to be featured in the April 2017 edition of Valley Business Front.

FoxGuard specializes in utilities. It has built full-featured security and compliance programs for several of the largest energy equipment vendors in the world. Through these programs, it has deployed solutions at hundreds of sites in over 30 countries throughout the world. It also works directly with energy utilities to assist them in building their patch management programs across their infrastructures. FoxGuard has seen great demand for these solutions in the electric utility market as cyberattacks involving malware create more awareness, and as compliance standards increase the scope of assets that need to be addressed.

The importance of how private and municipal utilities will protect and defend their networks is monumental, giving FoxGuard a strong footprint in the industry. Industrial control systems (ICS) in critical infrastructure are high-risk targets for attack and exploitation. These systems are considered so vital to the United States that the interruption or disablement could have catastrophic effects on the security, economy, health, or safety of its citizens. As a result, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has established standards and regulations on securing systems in the ICS environment. Patches and updates are required to help resolve security vulnerabilities, address functional issues, and meet compliance requirements. Besides utilities, other critical infrastructure markets include water and health care, Muscatello says.

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FERC Changes CIP V5 Implementation Date To July 1 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a request to push the date for implementing the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) version 5 Reliability Standards from April 1, 2016 to July 1, 2016.  The new deadline applies to entities with High and Medium Impact Bulk Electric System (BES) Cyber Systems.  

The request was made by the Edison Electric Institute, the American Public Power Association, Electricity Consumers Resource Council, Electric Power Supply Association, Large Public Power Council, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and Transmission Access Policy Study Group (Trade Associations) on February 4, 2016. They filed a motion requesting that the Commission grant an extension of time to defer the implementation of the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) version 5 Reliability Standards to align with the effective date for the revised CIP Reliability Standards approved in Order No. 822. To learn more about FERC’s decision, please click here.

Utilities are encouraged to take advantage of this extension and deploy FoxGuard’s cyber vulnerability assessments and patch management solutions to mitigate security gaps in their systems and meet NERC CIP V5 compliance requirements.  

If you would like our security experts to help you become NERC CIP compliant, then share your contact details and a brief summary of your challenges.

FoxGuard Reaches Out to Help After Nepalese Earthquakes

Nepal_Pic_1On April 25th, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal about 33 miles (53 km) from the major city of Bharatpur.  This 7.8 M earthquake claimed more than 8,900 lives and injured almost 22,000 individuals.  The earthquake also triggered over 300 aftershocks with a magnitude of 4 or higher, including one on April 26th with a magnitude of 6.7 and one on May 12th with a magnitude of 7.3.  Approximately 8 million people were affected, as homes, roads, and historic temples were damaged or destroyed. 

The devastating earthquakes in Nepal hit close to home within the FoxGuard Solutions community. An employee of FoxGuard currently has 21 family members, including children and older parents, living in Nepal.  Fortunately, all family members are safe but their home was destroyed.  All 21 family members are currently living in a make shift shelter made from their collapsed home. 

FoxGuard wanted to get involved.  The original intent was to send over supplies including tents, sleeping bags, medicine, etc., but this became complicated.  The team working on this project had to navigate through obstacles like customs and documentation.  They contacted shipping companies, including Fed-Ex and UPS, but it became apparent that sending supplies would be a timely and costly process. As the situation with the family became more urgent, it was decided that monetary donations were the most effective and immediate way to help.

The Fundraising began on May 5th and concluded on May 14th.  During this short time frame, many company employees came together to raise $2,000. The company furthered its involvement by agreeing to match every dollar raised. As a result, this $2,000 was then matched by the company to become a total of $4,000 raised to send over to the employee’s family in Nepal. Some of the money has already been wired over to supply them with essentials and to cover their daily expenses.  The rest of the money will be sent over once they begin rebuilding their house.