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C3 Energy Launches Grid Cybersecurity Analytics
|By Business Wire
|June 10, 2014 11:00 AM EDT
Energy announced today the release of C3 Grid Cybersecurity
Analytics, the newest solution in the company’s family of proven smart
grid analytics software applications. C3 Grid Cybersecurity Analytics
provides utility cybersecurity teams with advanced diagnostics and
predictive tools to identify, monitor, and reduce the risks of grid
C3 Grid Cybersecurity Analytics provides both a broad-based and granular
view of the normal operating state of the grid network, establishing a
baseline of communication traffic levels, individual asset activity, and
interactions between assets. In near real time, the solution clearly
identifies deviations from the baseline, such as unusually high or low
network communications or unexpected patterns of traffic. Intelligent
alerts warn cybersecurity teams of questionable activity for physical
field-based investigation, IT team diagnosis and response, or other
follow-up. Advanced analytics detect potential security issues across
hardware types, data sources, and protocols, including AMI meters, grid
sensors, application data logs, SCADA/ICCP systems, and WAN/LAN systems.
“Today’s utilities are faced with any number of threats – physical,
electrical, communications, and software-based – and their reaction time
to these threats impacts safety, daily operations, and the bottom line.
C3 Energy’s utility clients made it clear that they needed a solution
for the early identification and monitoring of vulnerabilities,” said Ed
Abbo, President and Chief Technology Officer at C3 Energy. “With C3 Grid
Cybersecurity Analytics, potential security breaches and attempted
attacks on network hardware are detected, displayed, and analyzed on a
user-friendly interface so that operators have advanced warning and
adequate lead-time to address emerging threats.”
C3 Grid Cybersecurity Analytics is a next-generation approach for
identifying, mitigating, and managing security risks. The application
identifies specific threats – such as SCADA data or command message
manipulation, improper authentication or access control, or unexpected
hardware or software configuration changes – and provides risk
mitigation recommendations. The solution also helps utility
organizations to develop strategies and plans that improve the
coordination of threat responses and optimize the long-term handling of
“At the University of California, Berkeley, we have been leading a
National Science Foundation cybersecurity center called TRUST, which
focuses on the intersection of cyber and physical security for the
nation’s critical infrastructure systems, like energy and
transportation. In the energy space, utility operators understand that
cybersecurity is a real problem and finding a solution is crucial,” said
S. Shankar Sastry, Dean of Engineering at University of California,
Berkeley. “C3 Grid Cybersecurity Analytics helps utilities quickly
identify potential vulnerabilities, making the grid more secure.”
The solution uses advanced machine-learning algorithms and anomaly
detection techniques to identify and assess potential threats to the
grid network. By analyzing large volumes of disparate data from across
the network, the solution rapidly identifies emerging threats. The
machine-learning algorithms use this data to evolve automatically over
time, so that utilities can continuously adapt to evolving cyber threats.
C3 Grid Cybersecurity Analytics is built on the C3 Energy Analytics
Engine™, a robust data integration and analytics platform that federates
data at processing rates of up to 6.5 billion records an hour – in a
fully provisioned, hosted, secure, private, cloud-scale analytic
infrastructure. The C3 Energy Analytics Engine enables petabyte-scale
grid data analysis that leverages the capabilities of both modern and
legacy information systems to aggregate all relevant historical and
operational data into a common, cloud-scale utility data image.
About C3 Energy
C3 Energy is an enterprise application software company that harnesses
the power of big data, smart grid analytics, social networking, machine
learning, and cloud computing to improve the safety, reliability, and
efficiency of power delivery. C3 Energy’s family of utility-tested and
proven smart grid analytics products deliver end-to-end solutions across
the entire smart grid, from energy grid capital asset allocation,
transmission, distribution, and advanced metering, to the customer
experience and energy efficiency programs. C3 Energy products enable
utility operators to realize the full benefit of their smart grid and
energy system investments. Learn more at C3Energy.com.
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