Emerson announces Ovation Security Center

October 122009
Emerson announces Ovation Security Center
October 12, 2009 — Emerson Process Management introduced the Ovation Security Center. Tightly integrated into the company’s industry-leading Ovation expert control system, the Ovation Security Center makes it easier for Emerson’s customers in the water and wastewater industry to manage the execution of cyber-security measures. This is advantageous, as municipalities are facing mounting pressure to step up their cyber-security initiatives as part of their overall efforts to safeguard public health and the environment.

Documented security breeches at water and wastewater facilities worldwide are among the factors spurring calls by a number of organizations, including the American Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation, for increased cyber-security vigilance. Other industries related to the nation’s infrastructure have already adopted vigorous regulations pertaining to cyber-security. Most notably, the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) has specified Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards requiring the power industry to identify and protect critical cyber assets related to the reliable operation of bulk electric systems. Already proven in the power industry, the Ovation Security Center can now play a vital role in helping water and wastewater facilities more easily manage cyber-security measures as they gain momentum.

The Ovation Security Center’s centrally located console streamlines management of the following security applications:
  • Security event management
  • Patch deployment and audit
  • Malware prevention
  • Event log storage and reporting
  • Vulnerability assessment and management

    The Security Center’s event management capability provides a centralized event collection, event correlation, and threat identification function for security-related events in an Ovation control system. Security events are collected from each network device including network intrusion detection systems, firewalls, routers, switches, servers, workstations, controllers, and Security Center application modules.

    Periodic updates to patches, vulnerability databases and security signatures are downloaded through Emerson’s SureService program, and standard security management reports are available for operations management and regulatory compliance.

    These enhancements complement Emerson’s existing cyber-security measures, resulting in an integrated, robust solution for water and wastewater facilities. They also underscore Emerson’s ongoing commitment to providing customers with comprehensive solutions that address evolving security challenges. As part of its SureService customer support program, Emerson also offers security assessments and audits.

    "Helping our customers operate their treatment plants, water distribution and wastewater collection systems securely, reliably, safely and efficiently has always been – and will continue to be – a top priority for Emerson,” said Bob Yeager, president of the Power & Water Solutions division of Emerson. “The integration of the Ovation Security Center within the Ovation control system is just the latest in our ongoing efforts aimed at ensuring that Emerson continues to be the secure choice in automation and control for water and wastewater operations.”

    About Emerson Process Management
    Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the water and wastewater treatment, power, metals and mining, chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

    Emerson's Power & Water Solutions division is a global supplier of advanced distributed process control and information systems. The Pittsburgh-based company is a recognized leader in developing plant-wide process control solutions for the power generation, water treatment and wastewater treatment industries. Power & Water Solutions plays a key role in the Emerson mission of combining superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include: PlantWeb; Ovation; Scenario, SmartProcess; Syncade; Fisher; Micro Motion; Rosemount; Daniel, DeltaV; and AMS Suite.

    About Emerson
    Emerson (NYSE:EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2008 were $24.8 billion and Emerson is ranked 94th on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies.