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SUBNET Helps Utilities Combat Substation Security Concerns

SUBNET Solutions Inc. | February 13, 2012

SUBNET was recently featured in the first Microsoft Power and Utilities blog of the year for its success in making utility substations more intelligent through unified grid intelligence solutions.

Calgary, AB, February 13, 2012 - SUBNET Solutions Inc. ("SUBNET"), a Microsoft partner and Smart Energy Reference Architecture (SERA) advisory council member that specializes in substation intelligence, was recently featured in Microsoft Power and Utilities' blog that discussed the highlights of the SUBNET User Group Conference. The company has recently enjoyed tremendous success as nine of the 12 largest North American utilities have implemented its substation technology.

The conference discussed product enhancements that have helped SUBNET become an industry leader of substation security through access control. Security has become a major issue due to threats from malware, hacking and access control, as well as the rapidly increasing amount of data that supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) owners and engineers are faced with. Further compounding the problem is the growing number of systems from which the data is being sent.

SUBNET President Ameen Hamdon spoke on the increasing number of connections between Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs), and how such growth has become a point of vulnerability.

To confront this problem, Microsoft underscored the importance of SUBNET's solution, which enables IED management, password and configuration management that has the potential to virtualize substation software. The solution does away with the tiered complexities of previous systems while gaining redundant architecture for the substation - helping the utility to accomplish security, scalability and the ability to better manage cyber assets.

Microsoft Cyber Security Architect Michael Howard argued that fully-formed solutions must be developed, as threats are increasingly being borne from software solutions that utilities use to manage the grid's intelligent devices. Howard also referred to Hamdon's keynote address, stating there are two immediate actions utilities can take to increase cyber security amid growing vulnerability points.

  • To optimize security, utilities should implement vulnerability tests. Vulnerability testing is an uncommon skill set in Utilities today but is of growing importance.
  • Ensure that software solutions developers follow SUBNET's lead, have a deep knowledge of the platforms they are developing on and have tested the interfaces.

Microsoft noted the most significant takeaway was that although it may be impossible to identify and eliminate all vulnerabilities, SUBNET is helping to make utility operational systems secure while still meeting the industry demands.

SUBNET Solutions Inc. is a global software solutions provider for electrical utilities. SUBNET focuses on Making Power Grids More Intelligent®. Founded in 1992, SUBNET is an industry leader providing intelligent solutions that securely connect real time electrical utility field information with utility business systems to enable Smart Grid solutions. Over 200 utilities worldwide rely on SUBNET software to safely manage and monitor thousands of substations. SUBNET is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a Cisco Developer Network Connected Energy Partner. Visit for more information.

At the upcoming IEEE T&D 2012 Conference, SUBNET will be set up at Booth #1763, and encourages all interested parties to stop by for further information.

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