FoxGuard Solutions, Inc. and partner TDi Technologies unveil joint solution for
U.S. Department of Energy’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. July 13, 2017 – FoxGuard Solutions, Inc. and partner TDi Technologies recently completed a multi-year project to create a safer national power grid by simplifying the process of patching and updating energy delivery control system devices. The solution is the result of a $4.3 million Cooperative Agreement awarded in 2013 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) division.
“This is exactly why FoxGuard Solutions exists and this is where our team excels,” FoxGuard President & CEO, Marty Muscatello, said. “The solution developed comprises several elements that can each stand alone to improve security posture and, when integrated, provide a comprehensive solution to meet energy sector patch and update needs.”
Believing the nation’s security, economic prosperity, and the well-being of its citizens depends on reliable energy infrastructure, the DOE solicited FoxGuard Solution’s expertise to develop the patch and update management project for energy delivery systems. The energy sector places an emphasis on the availability and reliability of energy delivery operations. While best practice avoids the connection of energy delivery system devices to external networks, their increasing interconnectivity poses greater risk to cyber vulnerabilities, making proper and timely patches and updates critically important to maintaining system cybersecurity.
FoxGuard Solutions was tasked with researching, developing, and demonstrating technology and techniques to identify and verify the integrity of updates and patches for energy delivery systems software, hardware and firmware, while also facilitating the deployment of those updates.
• Patch & Update Data Aggregator & Web Portal
• Patch & Update Authentication
• Validation Techniques
• Query Engine
The Patch and Update Management Program simplifies the process of understanding what patches are available for energy delivery industrial control system devices for both end users and equipment vendors, while also simplifying a utilities adherence to NERC CIP v6 requirements involving patching, ultimately leading to a safer grid.
About FoxGuard Solutions, Inc.
FoxGuard Solutions develops custom cyber security, compliance and industrial computing solutions. FoxGuard provides reliable, secure and configurable patch management reporting services, which include availability reporting and applicability analysis for information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) assets used in critical infrastructure environments. Visit foxguardsolutions.com to learn more.
About TDi Technologies
TDi Technologies, based in Plano, TX, is the first solution provider to offer a unified system for cybersecurity/operation. Their patented technology provides flexibility, automation, optimization, control and management capabilities that dramatically improve the ability to meet operation and security demands. Visit tditechnologies.com to learn more.
About U.S. Department of Energy’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems
In today’s highly interconnected world, reliable energy delivery requires cyber-resilient energy delivery systems. In fact, the nation’s security, economic prosperity, and the well-being of our citizens depends on reliable energy infrastructure. As such, a top priority for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) is to make the nation’s electric power grid and oil and natural gas infrastructure resilient to cyber threats. Visit energy.gov to learn more.
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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.
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On 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.