#Privacy: Utilities in the US now receiving extra cybersecurity monitoring services

A new cooperative agreement with the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) has been announced by IPKeys Power Partners, which will give new cybersecurity monitoring services for up to fifty public utilities bodies in the US.

As part of the collaboration, the parties have agreed to share cyber incident notification reports developed involving public power utilities to the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center “E-ISAC”, Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center “MS-ISAC” and/or other information sharing organizations provided that all parties agree to maintain the confidentiality of the information.

“On behalf of IPKeys and the N-Dimension team, we are honored to be selected to commence fulfilling the delivery of Cybersecurity Monitoring Services to be deployed at selected public power utilities throughout the USA,” said Robert Nawy, CEO IPKeys Power Partners.

“The recent acquisitions of N-Dimension with our proven Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) SigmaFlow platform enables IPKeys-CLaas to now provide the same level of end-to-end cyber risk mitigation services to the utility sector that we have provided in the Department of Defense (DOD)and federal sectors over the past 15 years.” Nawy added.

“APPA, through our cooperative agreement with the US Department of Energy, has contracted with IPKeys Power Partners to subsidize the deployment of N-Dimension’s N-Sensor technology at public power utilities.  We are pleased to kick off this pilot to further mature the cybersecurity programs of our members,” said Nathan Mitchell, Sr. Director of Cyber and Physical Security Services, American Public Power Association.

“We are excited to see public power utilities take the next step on monitoring cyber threats to critical electric infrastructure. This is in line with our efforts to foster a culture of cybersecurity at public power utilities starting with a self-assessment using our Cybersecurity Scorecard on to data driven benchmarking using commercial tools,” added Mitchell.

“In our team’s collective experience serving municipal utilities since 1999, we have witnessed first-hand the growing cyber threats and vulnerabilities facing our municipal electricity providers,” said Mark Ponder, CIO IPKeys Power Partners.

“We are pleased to participate in this grant that represents a defining moment in advancing the technological capability and consciousness necessary to mitigate the imminent cyber threats confronting our electricity providers,” Ponder added.


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