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Sensus Becomes First Smart Grid AMI Company to Complete International Security Certification

Sensus is the first AMI company to achieve overall cyber security certification after an eight-month collaborative effort with industrial testing and certification firm, Wurldtech Security Technologies. Sensus has achieved the Wurldtech Achilles Practices Certification (APC), a security best practices benchmark, in addition to the Achilles Communication Certification previously awarded for the Sensus FlexNet AMI communications system. The Wurldtech Achilles Certifications are based on standards set by the International Instrumentation Users Association.

“Securing the smart grid is essential to furthering the adoption of technologies that can help us better serve customers and conserve energy,” said Joe Sagona, Information Security Manager for Southern Company. “We support efforts across the industry to commit the time and resources necessary to define and achieve common standards for security.”

The APC testing covered more than 200 Sensus processes in specific areas designed to improve and proactively maintain security throughout the product lifecycle including organizational support and governance, product functionality and commissioning and maintenance.

The Achilles Communication Certification, awarded last October, verified that an end-to-end FlexNet AMI system, comprising 10 components and all intercomponent communication, possesses robust communication architecture and an overall resilience against intrusion or other malicious acts.

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