Electric Utilities

Integrated cybersecurity solutions ensure safety and reliability fleet-wide.

In a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute, 84% of utilities reported the severity of cyber-attacks experienced by their organization is on the rise and 74% said they’re becoming more frequent.

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Cybersecurity Solutions for Electric Utilities

Utility companies need a holistic approach that protects the entire enterprise—both operational technology and information technology environments.

The utilities industry faces a dynamically changing cyber threat landscape. Cybersecurity incidents – whether malicious or unintentional – can cause the loss of intellectual property, disruption of service and processes and physically dangerous scenarios leading to injury or loss of life.

With attacks becoming more frequent and more severe, it is imperative that utilities continue to evolve and mature their cybersecurity posture to ensure operational uptime, improve situational awareness, minimize risk and promote the safety of employees and the community.

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The challenge is defending both IT and OT from cyber incidents.

Achieve Cybersecurity Maturity

Using a four point maturity scale we work with clients to articulate cybersecurity baselines, identify gaps, develop strategic road maps, and support program execution to promote a proactive – if not predictive posture. 

Take steps to ready your organization:

  1. determine your company’s threat profile
  2. assess your cybersecurity maturity posture
  3. discuss strategies to evolve your defense 

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Top 5 Cybersecurity Solutions for an Intelligence-driven, Integrated Strategy

Security Operations

Dedicated SOC functions are necessary for collaborative defense and a mature cybersecurity posture.

SOC integration, transformation, and consulting services support utilities as they build integrated SOCs and evolve from operations centers to intelligence centers.

The transformation from SOC to security intelligence center includes:

  • Initial baseline assessment
  • Strategic vision road map creation
  • Transformation execution support

Strategic support includes plans from staffing and training to physical design and operations evolution. Existing technologies are leveraged, and others are identified and integrated as needed to fill gaps in the security technology portfolio.

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Automation Systems Management

Situational awareness and management of policies, baselines, configuration changes, and security events within an control systems environment is critical to ensuring safe and reliable operations.

The Industrial Defender ASM™ platform delivers a single, unified view of asset details, systems health, and security events within the industrial control systems environment.

  • Deploys across multiple vendor systems
  • Deploys without rebooting or interrupting service
  • Manages geographically dispersed and hard-to-reach serial end points
  • Automates data collection and audit reporting for NERC CIP v5 and NRC

Monitoring with Industrial Defender ASM enables engineers to track and display critical information on utility software inventories, operating systems, and patch versions. This is all necessary to properly prioritize and process intelligence, respond to threats, and mitigate threats to operational security.

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Insider Threats

Insider threats, inclusive of supply chain vendors, are a growing concern among critical infrastructure owners. Whether unintentional or with malicious intent, their impact can be devastating.

The Wisdom Insider Threat Identification (ITI) solution helps organizations identify threats to intellectual property, confidential information, or even the sabotage of control systems or the electric grid by an employee within an organization. This solution evaluates employee attributes, behaviors, and actions based on data fusion from large, disparate enterprise systems. Analysts can drill-down for further investigation as well as discover new information through automated link analysis.

Deploy a comprehensive program to identify risks that could compromise critical information, disrupt services and cause physical harm and damage.

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Breaches on the IT side can endanger operations.

Advanced threat monitoring (ATM) services integrate advanced persistent threat sensors onto existing corporate internet points of presence to analyze a wide view of incoming and outgoing network traffic. ATM allows Leidos to analyze the network log and email data of clients, and compare that data against over a decade of threat indicators to identify attacks or intrusions. If an anomaly is detected, Leidos works with the client to mitigate the risk.

Expertly trained analysts with access to high-level intelligence streams stop threats early in the kill chain to protect critical IT and OT infrastructure networks.

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Measure and test your cyber security

Effective risk management is contingent on accurate understanding of your cybersecurity posture at all times.

Assessment services help determine if an enterprise is prepared to defend themselves against their enemies. Services for both OT and IT networks include an assessment of Intelligence Driven Defense® services, SOC gap assessment, advanced persistent threat simulation, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment and testing.

A comprehensive offering of security assessment services meets the needs of operations managers, engineers, and security and compliance officers on the OT side of a utility company as well as chief information security officers, SOC managers, and risk compliance officers on the IT side.

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Intelligence Driven Defense®

Leidos offers comprehensive security services and technologies to ensure an adaptive defense strategy and mature security posture. Those protections extend across both OT and IT environments to secure the entire enterprise. Lockheed Martin—partner of choice for a holistic approach to cybersecurity across the utilities sector.  

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