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Telvent working with NSTB on SCADA security

HOUSTON, March 8, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Telvent is participating in a collaborative exercise with the U.S. Department of Energy's National SCADA Test Bed (NSTB) on a joint security assessment project. NSTB researchers at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) work in partnership with the private sector to assess and mitigate the threats posed by cyber attacks on critical infrastructure control systems.

To support this unique research initiative, Telvent will supply its real-time product OASyS DNA and advanced support services to the NSTB team at INL. Testing of the SCADA system will begin in the first quarter of 2007 in accordance with a test plan jointly developed by INL and Telvent.

NSTB security experts will test the system by attacking it via a wide range of potential cyber vulnerabilities. The Test scenarios will be validated by industrial users to ensure that they accurately reflect real-world situations. Telvent will use the results of this project to enhance the security features of OASyS DNA, further positioning the company to help its customers in their efforts to provide safe and reliable services to the public.

As stated by Manuel Sanchez Ortega, Telvent's chairman and chief executive officer, "Cooperation between the public and private sectors is an essential element in the fight against terror and cyber-crime. This initiative will help us keep OASyS DNA at the leading edge of security for real-time systems. At Telvent, we are proud to be helping ensure the security of America's critical infrastructure."

The importance of continually looking for ways to reduce the threat of attacks on critical infrastructure control systems cannot be overstated. Attacks on telecommunication networks, electrical grids, chemical facilities, and other energy assets can potentially lead to billions of dollars of lost revenue and leave millions of consumers without power, fuel, etc. for days at a time. Government, control system vendors and asset owners must work together to ensure the security of critical infrastructures. Telvent is actively doing its part to improve the security of its SCADA control system, OASyS DNA.

INL is one of ten multi-program national laboratories operated by the U.S. Department of Energy and is one of the five DOE labs selected to participate on the NSTB team. The National SCADA Test Bed is a multi-laboratory partnership providing integrated expertise and working with the private sector to identify and correct critical security flaws in control systems and equipment. It operates under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, which leads national efforts to modernize the electric grid, enhance the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure, and facilitate recovery from disruptions to energy supply.

Telvent (Nasdaq:TLVT), the Global RealTime IT Company, specializes in high value-added solutions and services in four industry segments (Energy, Traffic, Transport and Environment). Its technology allows high-performing companies to make real-time business decisions using data acquisition, control, and advanced operational applications, providing secure, actionable information delivery to the enterprise.

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