GE Energy has announced a global OEM agreement with Industrial Defender, a leader in Cyber Risk Protection for critical infrastructure industries, headquartered in Foxborough, Mass. Under the terms of the agreement, GE Energy will offer Industrial Defender’s technology suite to customers. The new offering is a value-added cyber-security technology integrated with smart grid automation technologies, such as energy management systems, distribution management systems and substation automation solutions.
This combination will enable electric utilities to effectively and efficiently address their cyber-security needs and help to secure the emerging smart grid roadmap under development to enhance reliability, availability and efficiency of the electric power grid globally.
The integration of the Industrial Defender technology suite into GE Energy’s transmission and distribution solutions will help to enhance the cyber security of the global electric power ecosystem. It also will help assist North American bulk electricity providers in meeting the government’s North American Electric Reliability Corporation-Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC-CIP) compliance requirements by providing robust cyber security protection and compliance management capabilities.
“With NERC-CIP standards, we’ve seen the electric power industry take the lead in securing our nation’s aging critical infrastructure,” said Brian M. Ahern, president and CEO, Industrial Defender. “Industrial Defender and GE Energy will now provide best-in-class critical infrastructure cyber-security solutions for global bulk electricity providers in addition to providing a robust cyber-security roadmap for the emerging smart grid initiative.”