At POWER-GEN International, Emerson and utilities explore how to achieve a strong security posture while becoming compliance ready


Source: Emerson Process Management

Technical presentation addresses different approaches to protecting cyber assets

PITTSBURGH -- Cybersecurity and increasing NERC CIP compliance obligations are driving changes in the way power-generating companies manage, maintain and secure their systems. At POWER-GEN International, experts from Emerson Process Management and two utilities will explore different approaches to protecting cyber assets.

On Tuesday, December 9, Jaime Foose, manager, Security Solutions, Emerson Process Management; Dave McMullan, subject matter expert, Colorado Region, Xcel Energy; and Jeff Reams, systems engineer, Grant County Public Utilities District, will present Security in Real Life: Two Case Studies as part of the Improving Plant Performance with Today’s Compliance Challenges session at POWER-GEN.

“There are many challenges related to cybersecurity and regulatory compliance,” explains Foose.
“Diverse equipment, limited resources, and outdated or inadequate security practices can create a perfect storm that may leave critical systems vulnerable to cyberattack. Some plants enact security controls as a best practice to protect their cyber assets, while other plants focus on meeting compliance obligations.”

During the session, the three speakers will review the different security controls and technologies deployed at each site and will present recommendations on how to achieve a strong security posture while also becoming compliance ready. They will also discuss lessons learned in support of a multi-vendor, plant-wide approach to security and compliance.

“During our presentation, we’ll demonstrate how the proper application and use of automated tools, best practices and established programs can enable power generators to secure cyber assets and meet compliance regulations in order to ensure reliable plant operation,” Foose concluded.

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management (, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb, Syncade, DeltaV, Fisher, Bettis, Micro Motion, Rosemount, Daniel, Ovation 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 for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2014 were $24.5 billion. For more information, visit

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