Verano Security Experts to Present Best Practices

Anonymous Reader writes “MANSFIELD, Mass., March 8, 2005—Verano security experts Al Cooley and Ron Derynck will present best practices for securing real-time control systems at Network Security for Utilities, the 2005 Siemens Process Automation User Conference and the 15th Annual ISA POWID/EPRI Controls and Instrumentation Conference. Attendees can expect to learn valuable information about protecting mission-critical infrastructure in power generation, utilities, energy, transportation and process manufacturing from cyberattack, including:

o How to identify system vulnerabilities and cybersecurity threats
o How to protect the perimeter, and why firewalls are not enough
o How to implement process control intrusion detection tools; and
o How to integrate intrusion prevention into your overall security system as part of risk management practices

About the Events

• At the Network Security for Utilities conference on March 10 from 9:00 until 9:45 a.m. in the Century I room, Al Cooley, Verano’s director of security marketing, will present the first case study of the day entitled “Putting the Right Degree of Detection and Protection in Place.†Network Security for Utilities, a Marcus Evans event, will take place at the Renaissance Houston Hotel Greenway Plaza in Houston, TX, on March 9 and 10. For more information or to register to attend, please visit EventID=9094.

• During the 2005 Siemens Process Automation User Conference, which takes place May 4 through 6, Al Cooley will deliver a keynote presentation on “Industrial Network Security Threats, Vulnerabilities and Solutions.†Other keynote presenters during the conference include Don Richardson, director of manufacturing from Microsoft Corporation, as well as Bela Liptak, process control consultant, professor and author. The Process Automation User Conference will take place at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Tampa, FL. For more information or to register to attend the conference, please visit

• At the 15th Annual Joint ISA POWID/EPRI Controls and Instrumentation Conference (also called the 48th Annual ISA POWID Symposium) on June 7, Ron Derynck, director of product strategies, will present a paper during Session 5C: Cyber Security, on Power Station Cybersecurity. The entire session, with various other speakers included, will last from 3:15 until 5:00 p.m. The ISA POWID/EPRI Controls and Instrumentation conference will be held at The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, TN. For more information on the conference, please visit:

About the Experts

Al Cooley

Al Cooley has more than 15 years of experience in software and security solutions geared specifically toward manufacturing, industrial and control environments. A recognized industry expert, Cooley has authored and presented papers on a wide range of network security topics, including integrated security platforms, network security and protection against cyberattacks.

Ron Derynck

Ron Derynck is responsible for Verano’s market and product research. A systems engineer with 30 years of experience in industrial automation and communication systems, Derynck is an active participant in the ISA-SP99 Committee developing a security standard for manufacturing and control systems.

About Verano
Verano, Inc. is a leading provider of security solutions for mission-critical industrial operations. Verano is a trusted supplier to more than 220 industrial enterprises in power generation, utilities, energy, transportation and process manufacturing industries. These customers represent more than 2,200 global system installations.

Verano’s Industrial Defender monitors and protects control infrastructure from a wide variety of external and internal hazards, improving plant reliability and productivity.

A privately held company founded in 1996, Verano is headquartered in Mansfield, Massachusetts, with a major operation in Calgary, Canada. Additional information about Verano is available on the Web at

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