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NAES and ABS to strengthen cybersecurity in the energy sector

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NAES Corp. (NAES), one of the energy industry’s largest independent providers of operations, maintenance and repair services, has announced its partnership with ABSG Consulting, Inc. (ABS), a global risk management company, to provide industrial cybersecurity services for critical infrastructure in the power and energy sector.

Through this collaboration, NAES will have enhanced access to the services, technology and expertise to meet the North American Electric Reliability Corp. Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) requirements. In addition, it will be able to go beyond compliance to implement industrial cybersecurity programs that protect its information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), increase the security of the IT and OT environments of its clients and better secure the US power grid from cyber criminals.

“We’ve seen just how important industrial cybersecurity is within the energy and power industry this past year with incidents like the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack,” said Alan Bull, NAES Corporation Vice President, Compliance and Fleet Services. “We are proud to partner with ABS Consulting to bring critical security protections to such a vital sector.”

From this partnership, NAES and its clients will now have access to a broad range of risk-based solutions on every stage of their cyber defence, converging IT and OT systems and leveraging specific domain expertise in the power and energy sector. This includes vulnerability assessments, threat monitoring and incident response services, which will automate existing manual procedures and offer additional insights into actual threats on critical power and energy OT networks and industrial control systems (ICS).

“Threat actors have set their sights on our nation’s critical infrastructure, including our power and energy systems. Given the pivotal role these systems play in our everyday lives, in business, and the overall operation of our country, we must do more to enhance its safety, reliability and security,” said Ian Bramson, Global Head of Industrial Cybersecurity at ABS Consulting. “Our partnership with NAES will enable power and energy companies across the US to design and implement end-to-end industrial cybersecurity programs tailored to their exact security needs, while helping them meet and exceed the requirements of NERC CIP”.

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