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The Energy Industry

We Understand the Unique Challenges for the Energy Industry

The energy industry is continuing to be a compelling target for hackers who are capitalizing on the vulnerabilities found throughout the industry’s large attack surface. In order to minimize cyber attacks and thrive in the coming years, energy companies are starting to deploy network monitoring solutions to enhance security, visibility and compliance.  APCON stands ready to help.

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With increased technology usage, we see a bigger threat to the national electricity grid. It is more vulnerable to cyber threats and can have a major impact on the economy.

PK Pujari, Power Secretary

A New Approach to Your Network Monitoring Strategy

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The energy sector is a critical infrastructure that if breached, operations could be disrupted and national security could be affected. Energy companies are looking for network systems and processes to put in place that mitigate the risk of attacks and enable fast recovery should they be subject to one.

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The energy sector is constantly maintaining and improving networks which span across multiple domains and endpoints. From smart girds to nuclear plants, all these systems require complete network visibility in order to collect data center intelligence and enable communication between equipment.

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Government regulations and guidelines from multiple organizations, such as NERC, NIST, IEEE and the DHS, have made creating a network monitoring strategy complex. Energy companies need advanced monitoring features to comply with these regulations and suggested frameworks.

How It All Works Together

The energy sector has been perceived as being on top of maturing their cyber security capabilities, but studies have shown these companies are still lacking network monitoring, detection, protection and security management capabilities. Whether it’s your green data center, customer service portal or a worldwide exploration network including remote and lights-out facilities, your energy network needs to operate at top efficiency at all times – on a limited budget.

  • Scalable Architecture

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    To thrive in today’s digital business, energy companies’ IT infrastructures must become more efficient and agile to meet growing demands. APCON offers a secure, scalable family of network monitoring solutions that enable companies to easily connect or consolidate data center ecosystems.

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  • Virtualization

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    Networks are complex, costly and cumbersome, which is why energy companies are investing heavily in cloud and virtual solutions. With APCON’s unified physical and virtual monitoring solution, energy companies now have complete network visibility using existing monitoring tools, staff and diagnostic processes.

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  • Fail-Safe Reliability

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    IT pros in the energy sector must maintain uptime, security and create efficiency in their data centers. Physical connection problems are a key cause of network outages. With APCON’s bypass solution, energy IT pros will know immediately when and where a network connection failed, all while keeping their network operational.

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  • High Availability

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    APCON’s solutions are designed for energy networks that demand high availability and system compatibility. Standard integrated hardware features and modular switch design ensure no data is lost in the event of component failure.

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  • Advanced Features

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    Data privacy is a priority for energy companies. APCON’s advanced features such as deduplication, packet slicing and protocol stripping ensure monitoring tools efficiency and accuracy while securing confidential information.

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  • Easy Management

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    In order to optimize time and resources, energy companies need to be able to replace manual data center collection and reporting with automated monitoring. With APCON’s award-winning graphical user interface, IT pros now have a centralized location to build, save, view and recall device connections.

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The energy sector has made significant improvements in securing their slice of the nation's critical infrastructure, but broader adoption of security best practices still lacks.

Tim Erlin, Director of IT Securities at Tripwire

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