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Security solution aims to protect utilities from cyber attacks

Vegas: securing
his smart grid

In the event of a cyber war, many security experts believe that the nation's infrastructure would be a soft target. One defense contractor may be making that target a little tougher with its release on June 30 of a cyber security solution tailored to the needs of utility and energy companies.

Lockheed Martin said that its Palisade solution can keep those kinds of infrastructure companies ahead of cyber security threats through intelligence-driven defense.

Palisade provides advanced threat detection and forensic tools that give utility cyber security analysts the actionable intelligence they need to defend and maintain the networks that deliver energy services to millions of utility customers across the country.       

"As the Smart Grid is implemented, utilities are being challenged by regulators and customers to ensure the security of new digital energy management systems," Rich Mahler, cyber security senior manager at Lockheed Martin Energy Solutions said in a statement. "Our cyber security experts are working together with utilities to combat more advanced threats and to defend their critical networks."

By going above and beyond traditional monitoring applications and services, Palisade empowers analysts with enterprise-wide visibility, awareness and alerting to effectively identify and mitigate cyber security threats.

"We've worked with Lockheed Martin's cyber security team to ensure the security of our Smart Grid roll out," stated Pablo Vegas, CIO, American Electric Power. "By sharing their knowledge in this area, they have helped us take our security to the next level."

"As a global security company, Lockheed Martin offers the IT expertise that allows us to integrate and protect complex systems," Mahler added. "We are helping utilities across the country not only integrate cyber security, but also improve efficiency and implement smart grid projects. Security is at the core of everything we do."

Lockheed Martin has some first hand experience of its own when it comes to cyber attacks. In May, it had to wrestle with a security breach connected to compromised RSA SecureID tokens, used to authenticate users of the company's computer systems.


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