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Tripwire has announced the availability of the NERC Solution Suite, a powerful combination of customized tools and services designed to help utilities automate, achieve and maintain North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance.

According to a recent ICS-CERT report, cyber attacks against energy firms have increased 380% since 2010. In response to this increasing threat, pressure on energy firms to improve NERC CIP compliance – particularly requirements connected with cyber security – has increased.

Achieving and maintaining NERC CIP compliance can be difficult because the requirements change frequently. Compliance also requires continuous monitoring of critical assets as well as periodic collection of detailed evidence.

The steps necessary to pass an audit can be extremely time consuming, are often done manually and can be error-prone. Over the last several years, there have been over 2,500 violations of the top four NERC CIP requirements.

The NERC Solution Suite is built on Tripwire Enterprise and Tripwire Log Center, award-winning security configuration management and incident detection solutions, and specialized intelligence including policy rules, correlation rules, tools, templates, customized reports and dashboards derived from helping over 100 organizations successfully pass NERC CIP audits.

Together with customized services from NERC-experienced consultants, the NERC Solution Suite dramatically reduces the time and resources required to pass NERC CIP audits and minimize audit findings.

Key features include:

  • Audit-ready reports and dashboards that deliver evidence conveniently grouped by CIP requirement
  • Continuous monitoring that immediately detects detailed status information across a wide range of critical cyber assets, from computer systems and network devices to badge entry systems and SCADA devices
  • Automated assessment and aggregation of this security data alerts to potential security breaches or configuration modifications affecting compliance status
  • Support for a broad range of regulations beyond NERC CIP requirements, including PCI, HIPAA and SOX

“The NERC Solution Suite is a flexible package that encapsulates technology and industry expertise to help our electricity sector customers prepare for and achieve compliance with NERC CIP versions 3, 4 and 5,” said Jeff Simon, director of service solutions for Tripwire.

“We’re excited to bring to market a comprehensive solution that was developed, optimized and validated by working with numerous NERC registered entities and industry experts.”


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