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Make the Most of Your Industrial Cyber Security; Get the Verve Advantage

Rick Kaun

With the level and advancement of cyber threats present today, your industrial organization needs a cybersecurity solution. But you don’t need just any solution. You want one that works for your specific needs, wants, and concerns. We know there are a lot of potential solutions out there, but we also know that our solution, the Verve Security Centre, stands out from those others for a reason.

Keep reading to find out more about how Verve is different from other cyber security providers and why these differences can get you the most out of your security investment.

Who is Verve Industrial Protection?

Verve Industrial Protection had its beginnings in 1994 when it was founded as RKNeal Engineering. However, it was around ten years ago that we began increasing our focus on helping industrial clients protect their critical assets from cybersecurity threats.

At that time, we began identifying risks inherent in older control systems as more and more networks were exposed to external sources of data. We were particularly concerned with the fact that cyber security was fragmenting across OEM vendors and various cyber threat management tools.

To solve this, we set out to build a unified monitoring and remediation console that would allow practitioners to view and manage their cyber security from a single, vendor-neutral security suite. We called it the Verve Security Centre.

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In 2016 we rebranded to become Verve Industrial Protection to reflect our continuously growing focus on cybersecurity.

Make the Most of Your Industrial Cyber Security

Do more with what you already have: The Verve Security Centre 

At Verve, we understand the various challenges industrial organizations face when it comes to ICS cybersecurity. Many organizations must meet compliance requirements like NERC-CIP. In addition some, even those that don’t have a compliance standard to meet, face budgetary restrictions at the same time as pressure to meet production targets that can be seriously affected by security issues. 

The combination of these various aspects can make the orchestration of ICS cybersecurity incredibly complex. Not to mention the fact that cyber threats are consistently growing in number and advancement. At Verve, we began to notice a “trend” emerging in industrial organizations when it came to efforts to combat both of the above.

The old saying “do more with less” applies here in a slightly different way. In the world of ICS cybersecurity, “do more with what you already have” is a fairly common adage. If this sounds familiar, you are likely one of the ICS practitioners tasked with obataining better security and maintaing or bettering production using the same systems and tools you already have. 

How?

This is a monumental task, and in the development of the Verve Security Centre, we were dedicated to creating a solution that would allow you to manage your cybersecurity workflow, threats, and compliance from a single suite.

The goal is to get our clients better value for their existing investment. We know that a lot of organizations already have the tools they need in place, but getting the results they need out of those tools requires a lot of work and manual input. Still, its understandable that if you’ve already made an investment you don’t want to have to throw stuff out or duplicate licenses. 

The Verve Security Centre is specifically designed to take what you already have and make it bigger, better, and faster. We do this by automating the extension of the tools you’ve invested in to give you full coverage of the facility. Our process includes a speed analysis and other reports to ensure we know exactly how to get you the best possible value from your investment.

But, you might say, why would I need Verve if our vendors already have a cybersecurity solution? 

What is the Verve Advantage?

While it’s true that most vendors offer solutions for cybersecurity, they don’t offer the Verve Advantage. The same goes for other security products currently on the market. So what exactly is the Verve Advantage? Well, aside from its ability to streamline and extend your investment, the Verve Security Centre’s advantage comes from 4 key elements.

Make the Most of Your Industrial Cyber Security

  • A single, unified console

Everyone appreciates when something complicated is made simpler. That was the goal we had in mind when creating the Verve Management Console, the most integral customer service part of the Verve Security Centre. 

The Management Console is a single intereface that allows you to perform a wide variety of cybersecurity actions and procedures. So whether you want to deploy patches, capture a full-image backup, execute an antivirus scan, install agents or run a vulnerability assessment, you’ll be doing it all in the same consistent manner. 

"Our customers demand a product that is easy to setup and maintain. This is especially true if the customer wants to standardize their fleet. The Verve Management Console provides users with a single location to not only execute actions, but also gather evidence and generate reports. In addition, it allows our customers to automate many of the processes associated with compliance."

~Adam Brewer, Verve Director of Business Development.

With vendor solutions, you risk having different solutions from different vendors for different equipment or issues. These sorts of solutions can make performing the various actions you need to even more complicated. The Verve console provides a level of simplicity and flexibility that just isn’t seen in other cybersecurity products. 

  • Designed to meet Compliance requirements

If you have to meet a compliance requirement for cybersecurity, your vendor’s solution may not be comprehensive enough to meet all of the conditions required for compliance. Not every solution on the market today, including those that are not direct from vendors, will meet compliance standards. 

The Verve Security Centre is specifically designed to help ensure your facility meets compliance standards such as NERC-CIP.

  • Vendor-Agnostic

Obviously, solutions that come direct from your vendor aren’t going to work on platforms provided by other vendors. Even some non-vendor made solutions are not truly agnostic as they are designed to be used with specific vendors.

But, as system integrators, nearly all of the facilities we walk into do not have the luxury of a single DCS or PLC system. Instead, multiple controls platforms are present. For that reason, we made certain that the Verve Security Centre was entirely vendor agnostic and able to support multiple DCS, PLC, and SCADA platforms.

This means it doesn’t matter how many different systems you are running (we’ve even protected a facility with eight different control systems present), the Verve system will cover it.

Plus, there’s no need to worry about the warranty of equipment the Security Centre has been applied to. It’s able to scale all equipment and all of the functions on it without voiding a warranty. Trust us, we’ve been doing this for ten years and have never once tripped a vendor. 

  • Geared towards control systems

Like we mentioned at the start of this blog, Verve Industrial began as part of RKNeal, an industrial engineering firm. ICS is what we were founded on, and this area of expertise remains our core business today. Because of our extensive experience working in the ICS industry we were able to truly understand what our clients needed and wanted from a cybersecurity system. 

When designing and developing the Verve Security Center, one of our guiding principles was to never impact or disrupt the operations environment. This forced us to take into account CPU usage and scalability, and to ensure the technologies we leverage never automatically reboot endpoints. It also allows us to setup vendor profiles based on our controls experience - we know what ports and services are required for each control system and can use predefined templates - saving our customers precious time.

Not all other solutions can say they have such a deep understanding of the ICS their systems are being applied to. That’s why pride ourselves on having the distinction of a Security Centre built for ICS engineers by ICS engineers. 

Get the Verve Advantage

We call the reasons that our cybersecurity solution stands out from competitors the “Verve Advantage” because we believe it is exactly that; an advantage. As a quick refresher, the Verve Security Center is a centralized security suite that consolidates multiple technologies into a single solution. These technologies include:

  • Antivirus
  • Application Whitelisting
  • Vulnerability Scans
  • Change & Configuration Management
  • Patching
  • Backup Management
  • Security Information & Event Management (SIEM)
  • Compliance

If you are interested in learning more about how the Verve Security Centre could work in our organization, please contact us today.

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