Verano Acquires PlantData Technologies, Leading SCADA Security and Integration Firm

  • January 24, 2006
  • Verano, Inc.
  • News
MANSFIELD, Mass., January 24, 2006 - Verano, Inc., the leading provider of security and SCADA solutions for mission-critical industries, today announced it has acquired PlantData Technologies, a leading SCADA security, IT services and industrial automation firm headquartered in Houston, TX. Remaining an independent subsidiary of Verano, PlantData Technologies compliments all aspects of Verano's business from its market-leading security solution, Industrial Defender, to its mission-critical SCADA platform and integration services, offering customers a one-stop-shop for all their real-time control and security needs.Both companies are practicing experts in SCADA and mission-critical real-time security, targeting customers in power generation, transmission and distribution, water distribution and treatment, gas and liquid pipelines, and mass transit systems. Through the extensive experience and integration of world-class products and services, clients can now gain a comprehensive SCADA and real-time security solution through a single source. "PlantData's in-depth analytical knowledge combined with Verano's 20 years of industry experience, introduces the only company in the market to provide this level of security and SCADA consulting expertise, combined with advanced security and SCADA technology," said Jonathan Pollet, president, PlantData Technologies. "We can now confidently offer our clients a reliable, proven and safe security solution once their needs have been assessed." For example, one of the many services PlantData Technologies provides is a NERC Compliance Gap Analysis. Helping utility companies meet newly implemented NERC CIP standards, PlantData assesses critical assets within the network and identifies areas susceptible to potential threat. Verano's Industrial Defender product suite provides customers all the necessary layers of cybersecurity monitoring, protection and reporting in one integrated solution. "Acquiring Plant Data Technologies supports Verano's strategy of being the leading provider of security and SCADA solutions for mission-critical industries," said Brian M. Ahern, president and CEO of Verano, Inc. "Plant Data's extensive real-time security services and SCADA systems integration experience strengthen our market position. This acquisition enables us to fulfill the increase in demand for both security and SCADA deployments while also assisting with feature enhancements to our award-winning Industrial Defender security solution."PlantData works with customers such as ExxonMobil Chemical, National Oilwell Varco, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) and Seneca Resources Corporation. In conducting network security assessments, PlantData gains a first-hand view of the actual issues plant operators encounter. In most cases, their cyber assessment teams can detect weaknesses and identify security threats before they are even known to exist.Verano recently announced significant advancements to its Industrial Defender product, incorporating two years of extensive market research and customer feedback. Verano's Industrial Defender V2.0 features enhanced security agents, customizable reporting and analysis, and increased scalability intended specifically for power transmission and distribution, water distribution and treatment, gas and liquid pipelines, mass transit systems and power generation companies. About PlantData TechnologiesPlantData Technologies is an industrial consulting firm made up of professionals who have years of SCADA and security experience in the energy, utility, transportation and other critical infrastructure industries. PlantData provides the focus and dedication to help ensure the security of SCADA systems, DCS, EMS, process control systems, telecom systems, network management systems and any real-time, high-availability environment. About VeranoVerano, Inc. is a leading provider of security and SCADA solutions for mission-critical industries. 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. A privately held company founded in 1996, Verano is headquartered in Mansfield, Massachusetts, with a major operation in Calgary, Canada. Learn More

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