Subnet, McAfee join to secure substation integration and automation systems

McAfee and Subnet Solutions Inc. joined together to offer a unified substation security solution to address the growing cybersecurity needs for electric utility substation integration and automation systems

McAfee and Subnet Solutions Inc. joined together to offer a unified substation security solution to address the growing cybersecurity needs for electric utility substation integration and automation systems.

Using a combined solution of the Unified Grid Intelligence products from Subnet and the Security Connected for Critical Infrastructure framework products from McAfee, a utility operator can now implement an advanced substation integration and automation system that also protects against cyber threats for meeting regulatory requirements such as NERC CIP.

The combined solution includes the Subnet SubStation Server and Subnet PowerSystem Center with McAfee Enterprise Security Manager, Intrusion Prevention Systems, McAfee Deep Command and McAfee Application Control.

Subnet SubStation Server provides utilities with a multi-vendor substation gateway solution that is able to interface with all major substation vendors' intelligent electronic devices. Integrating McAfee Application Control and Network Intrusion Prevention with SubStation Server creates a unified solution that can integrate, automate and secure almost any utilities' intelligent substations without requiring costly upgrades or replacement of existing intelligent substation. McAfee Network Intrusion Prevention also provides threat prevention designed specifically for substation systems architectures.

The Subnet PowerSystem Center security solution for centralized IED Access Control and IED Password Management, required for NERC CIP compliance, becomes a comprehensive power system security solution with the combination of McAfee Enterprise Security solutions. McAfee Enterprise Security Manager provides security visibility for stronger attack detection and incident response, including threats specific to substation integration and automation systems. Using McAfee Deep Command and McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator software, an asset owner can power on a substation computer to remotely update it out of band, provide patches and security updates.

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