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Verano Experts to Present Best Cybersecurity Practices at DistribuTech, IEE Water and PowerGen

November 182004
Verano Executives to Discuss Cybersecurity Solutions for Mission-Critical Applications

MANSFIELD, Mass., November 16, 2004—Verano security experts Al Cooley and Ron Derynck will address best practices for securing systems that control the management, transmission, distribution and generation of utilities, such as water, energy and electricity, from cyberattacks at IEE Water, PowerGen 2004 and DistribuTech.

“Across critical infrastructure industries, executives and system operators realize the importance of protecting their systems from the potentially crippling and widespread effects of a cyberattack,” said Brian Ahern, president and CEO of Verano. “Drawing on their expertise in both mission-critical industrial operations and cybersecurity, Al and Ron will outline cybersecurity best practices for utilities – from the technologies available for mitigation, to the departmental responsibilities for managing these solutions. This information will help operations personnel secure their environments more efficiently and effectively.”

About the Events

· At IEE Water on Nov. 25, Ron Derynck, Verano’s director of product strategies, will present “General Solutions for Electronic Security in SCADA.” Part of the conference’s session on security, Derynck’s presentation will take place from 2:00 until 2:40 p.m. in the Panorama Suite of the Rootes Social Building at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. IEE Water will take place on Nov. 24 and 25.

· At PowerGen International on Nov. 30, Al Cooley, Verano’s director of security marketing, will present “Industrial Network Security Threats, Vulnerabilities and Solutions.” The presentation will be part of Power Industry Trends II session “The Transmission Grid – Risks and Opportunities,” from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. in room S320B at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. PowerGen will take place from Nov. 30 until Dec. 2.

· At DistribuTech on Jan. 26, 2005, Derynck will co-present “Building Secure Electricity Transmission and Distribution Systems” with Nick Carr, enterprise product marketing manager for Red Hat. The presentation will be part of the session entitled “How to Secure Your T&D Assets from Cyber Intrusion and Future Standards,” which will last from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m. at the San Diego Convention Center. DistribuTech will take place from Jan. 25 until Jan. 27.

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 www.verano.com.
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