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Key announcements and press releases from Network Perception.

CS2AI Cybersecurity 4 Energy Virtual Symposium Recording

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In case you missed it, we partnered with (CS)²AI and Q-Net Security on January 19th for a virtual symposium focused on securing and protecting electrical operations and power grids. Our expert panel of thought leaders in the electric sector discussed tangible recommendations and best practices for electric utilities to address current and upcoming compliance and cybersecurity challenges.

Our CEO and Co-Founder, Robin Berthier, demonstrated how to improve firewall rule change review through a 5-step workflow. A timely topic since a majority of attendees selected network architecture and segmentation as their top priority when asked which cybersecurity area would they most like to improve this year.

See what else the panel had to say:

  • Melissa Hathaway | President of Hathaway Global Strategies | Electric Sector Digital Resilience – A Global Perspective
  • Marc Rogers | VP of Cybersecurity at Okta | Hands-on Experience on Exploit
  • Ben Sooter | Principal Project Manager | Responding to High Impact Cyber Security Events in Operations
  • Branko D. Terzic | Former FERC Commissioner | Challenges for Electric Utilities
  • Philip Huff | University of Arkansas | Vulnerability Management for Electric Utilities
  • Saman Zonouz | Associate Professor at Rutgers University | Threats to Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Todd Chwialkowski | EDF Renewables | Implementing Electronic Security Control

View the recording of the Symposia here: https://www.cs2ai.org/past-cs2ai-symposiums

Press Release

[Press Release] Cybelius and Network Perception combine forces

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Cybelius and Network Perception combine forces to offer the next generation of critical infrastructure monitoring and protection

 

Lyon, France September 29th, 2021: To better support the cybersecurity needs of industrial systems and critical infrastructures, Robin Berthier, CEO of Network Perception, and Frédéric Planchon, President of Cybelius, have agreed to strengthen their commercial and technical partnership in the coming months. The goal is to offer the first “all-in-one” protection of mission-critical assets through the integration of CyFENCE and NP-View Enterprise. This solution provides a unique ability to protect new or existing systems without modifying them, and gives CISO optimal visibility on cyber risks.

Commercial Partnership

As a Network Perception partner, Cybelius uses and markets the audit and visualization platform of Network Perception in France.

Network Perception will promote Cybelius’ perimeter protection offer in the United States and bring its network of consultants to enable local support. The two companies have also agreed to collaborate on export opportunities, particularly on audit requests, which are growing strongly for industrial systems.

Technical Partnership

Network Perception will make its NP-View product compatible with Cybelius’ firewall solutions. Cybelius will integrate NP-View into the CyFENCE product. This integration will complement CyFENCE’s industry-grade protection with advanced monitoring of attack paths and automated review of all configuration changes at the core and at the edge of the OT environment. CyFENCE all-in-one protection augmented with NP-View combines active measures and security monitoring for the first time. The solution can be deployed on any system without requiring modification and has been designed for ease-of-use and frictionless adoption.

According to Frédéric Planchon, “the cooperation with Network Perception is a great milestone for Cybelius since both companies share the same vision to better protect industrial systems and have the same level of requirements. We seek not only to protect but to give our customers autonomy in the security strengthening process. NP-View is an exceptional platform for this and perfectly complements the functions of CyFENCE.”

Robin Berthier adds that “industrial systems have become an increasing target of attacks because of their vital function for our infrastructures. The partnership between Network Perception and Cybelius offers a unique solution that combines both the principle of defense in depth and unparalleled visibility into operational networks.”

About NETWORK PERCEPTION

Network Perception was founded by a research team at the University of Illinois to protect industrial control systems by ensuring network access security as an essential perimeter defense. NP-View configuration monitoring software provides complete network transparency, advanced risk assessment, and continuous mapping to ensure cybersecurity compliance of critical infrastructures.

About CYBELIUS

Cybelius was founded by control-command experts, in collaboration with cybersecurity specialists. Together they develop products and solutions that 1) take into account the realities of trades and cultures, 2) meet normative standards: ISA – IEC 62443, ISO 27k, ANSSI, NERC, and 3) are in line with the state of the art and recognized technologies.

 

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Event & Conference Schedule – Q3 & Q4 2021

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Come check out our upcoming Sponsorship and Speaking Events though the end of this year, we have several engagements both virtually and in person we would love for you to come see us at. See below for a brief outline of each event.

 

Cyber Security for Critical Assets USA Summit (CS4CA) | Sept. 16-17 | Virtual 
 
Network Perception will be Sponsoring the CS4CA event this year, if you’re attending please be sure to stop by our Virtual Booth and say hello between Keynote Presentations!
 
SANS Industrial Solutions Forum 2021| Sept. 17th |  1:30 pm EDT  | Webinar 
 
The SANS Industrial Solutions Forum 2021 is one of the premier virtual events on the topic of OT security and compliance. Dr. Robin Berthier will be joining the Panel as well as hosting his own 35 minute speaking slot at 10:30 am EDT.

 

The 8th Cyber & SCADA Security for Power & Utilities conference will be taking place virtually this year with Dr. Robin Berthier as a featured panelists speaking on the topic of “Stronger Cyber Resiliency through Verification, Visibility & Velocity” on Sept. 22nd at 6:50am CST.
 
EnergySec Security & Compliance Summit | Oct. 4-6 | In-person | Anaheim, CA
The EnergySec Security & Compliance Summit will be one of the first live in-person speaking events for critical infrastructure and is returning for it’s 16th Anniversary! The event will take place in Anaheim California and Dr. Robin Berthier will be speaking on October 4th from 10-10:30am in Trilllum, Room B, on the topic of “Protecting your Crown Jewels with Verification, Visibility, and Velocity.”

 

A Keynote presentation will be delivered by Dr. Robin Berthier the next day on October 5th from 2:15-3:15pm on “You can’t protect what you can’t see: Network visibility provides the foundation for Industrial security“.
 
SGO’s 3rd Utility Cyber Security Forum | Oct. 5-7 | In-person & Online | Chicago, IL
SGO’s Utility Cyber Security Forum is back for it’s third year both In-Person and Online. Network Perception will be Sponsoring the event as well as hosting a Happy Hour on 10/5 at River Roast located at 315 N LaSalle St, Chicago IL.

 

Dr. Robin Berthier will also be speaking on Wednesday, 10/6 from 3-3:30pm CT on “Network Compliance Automation: How to Streamline the Firewall Audit Process”.

Network Perception Announces $2.73 Million in Seed Round Funding

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Funding validates recent progress and significant market opportunity; enables company to meet growing market demand, grow the team and focus on bringing cyber-compliance and security to critical infrastructure industries.

Network Perception (https://www.network-perception.com), the market leading software solution for cyber- compliance and network security in the electrical utility industry, today announced a $2.73 million Seed round of funding led by Serra VenturesOkapi Ventures, and Energy Foundry, with additional support from Early Light VenturesSaaS VenturesIllinois Ventures, and Service Provider Capital. This new funding will enable Network Perception to scale its activity in the electric utility sector and beyond in order to meet the demand for critical infrastructure industries throughout the U.S. and overseas.

The growing complexity of IT infrastructure makes the task of keeping a compliant network additionally challenging. Policies are changing, use cases are evolving and a variety of technologies can disrupt compliance requirements. The Network Perception proprietary solution gives critical infrastructure industries confidence in their cyber-compliance as well as network security through a unique risk assessment and network visualization solution.

We are very excited to welcome Okapi as new investors. Having their financial and strategic support both validates the market opportunity for our business and fuels our momentum to grow as a company,” said Robin Berthier, CEO and co-founder of Network Perception.

Jeff Bocan from Okapi Venture and Rob Schultz from Serra Ventures joined the NP Board of Directors.

To learn more about how Network Perception helps critical infrastructure industries manage their cybersecurity in a proactive manner please contact www.network-perception.com

About Network Perception:

Founded in 2014, Network Perception supplies critical infrastructure industries with a pioneering risk visualization technology empowering their cybersecurity and compliance teams. Built by a team of researchers along with other experts in network security and critical infrastructure protection, this technology allows for a holistic view of network compliance and security. The result is organizations having the ability to make informed determinations of configuration alignment as well as ensure best practices and regulatory standards are met. For more information, visit www.network-perception.com

About Okapi Venture Capital:

Okapi​ ​provides​ ​long-term​ ​capital​ ​and​ ​management​ ​support​ ​to​ ​startups​ ​and​ ​early-stage​ ​companies.​ ​Okapi takes​ ​pride​ ​in​ ​partnering​ ​with​ ​exceptionally​ ​talented​ ​entrepreneurs​ ​to​ ​develop their​ ​emerging​ ​businesses.​ ​Okapi​ ​invests​ ​in​ ​early-stage​ ​technology-driven​ ​companies​ ​with​ ​a​ ​particular focus​ ​on​ ​Southern​ ​California​ ​startups​ ​in​ ​the​ ​greater​ ​Los​ ​Angeles,​ ​Orange​ ​County​ ​and​ ​San​ ​Diego regions.​ ​Some of Okapi’s​ ​current​ ​portfolio​ ​companies include:​ ​CrowdStrike,​ ​BabyList,​ ​SpecRight, Chromacode, WhiteFox Defense and TrackStreet.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​Okapi’s​ ​previous​ ​investments​ ​include:​ ​Connectifier, SignNow,​ ​Transaction​ ​Wireless​ ​and​ ​Helixis.​ ​Okapi​ ​Capital’s​ ​office​ ​is​ ​in​ ​Ladera Ranch,​ ​CA.​ ​​For​ ​more information,​ ​visit:​ ​www.OkapiVC.com.

About Serra Ventures:

Serra Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm investing in technology companies in underserved geographies across the Midwest and West Coast. Sectors of focus include information technology, devices/instrumentation and agricultural technologies. The profile of an ideal startup is one that has just finished an accelerator program or has been through a round of seed funding to establish and prove a strong product-market fit.

Serra Ventures, has offices in San Diego, Chicago and Champaign, Illinois. The managing partners are all former successful entrepreneurs who seek to serve their portfolio companies with real-world insight, hard work and a valuable network. In addition to capital, Serra works alongside its entrepreneurs in all areas of growth from strategic planning and partnerships, through business development and capital formation. As portfolio companies scale, Serra co-invests with leading venture firms across the Midwest and West Coast. For more information, visit www.serraventures.com.

About Energy Foundry:

Energy Foundry, a Chicago-based venture capital platform, invests in today’s most promising energy innovators, and works with the world’s leading energy companies to build and scale new ventures. Their approach merges venture capital with the perks of partnership and includes an arsenal of essential tools and relationships to help bring great ideas to market. For more information, visit www.energyfoundry.com.

Introducing: NP Monthly Webinars

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We are launching a monthly webinar series to provide short training and information about new features to our user community.

  • Schedule: First Tuesday of the month at 11am Central Time
  • Format: Half an hour with a presentation by one of our experts followed by Q&A
  • Topics:
    • Key features and use cases
    • Rule audit and path analysis
    • Risk alerts and reporting

Please subscribe below to receive an invitation with dial-in information.

Register for the webinar Series: