ISC West Conference 2013: Pan Kamal, AlertEnterprise
Pan Kamal, VP of Marketing for Alert Enterprise, a security software company headquartered in Fremont, CA, explains in his opening remarks that he is going to describe Alert Enterprise’s award-winning unified solution for critical infrastructure protection. As Kamal points out, government and critical infrastructure agencies have recognized the dangers and have armed themselves to the teeth with network protection and cyber security tools on the IT security side, and have similarly armed themselves with perimeter protection tools on the physical security side. But security incidents have continued to happen, and in fact, according to the DHS, more security incidents and breaches occurred in 2012 than in any previous year, with 42% of these incidents taking place in the energy sector, according to a DHS study. Kamal indicates that Alert Enterprise realized that the solution had to come from eliminating the silos and putting all the various risks together in a way that would result in true situational intelligence. The key that Alert Enterprise discovered to dealing with the threats and vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure, according to Kamal, arose from streamlining products and coming up with the “Security Convergence Platform”, which is encompassed in the company’s “Enterprise Guardian”, which was designed for power plants, refineries, utilities, and “Enterprise Sentry”, which was developed for Airports and other transportation facilities. These products involve a laser focus on access and identity management, as Kamal explains, comprehensive background checks and scrupulous attention to badge management. Otherwise, utility employees could make changes to SCADA settings or production line, while disgruntled employees in food, healthcare or pharmaceutical companies could change formulas or otherwise cause contamination, loss of reputation or harm to the public. These are the dangers that Alert Enterprise’s “Security Convergence Platform” can mitigate and prevent.