Verano acquires e-DMZ Managed Security Service

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Verano launches Industrial Defender Co-Managed Security for real-time control environments.

MANSFIELD, MA, Sept. 12, 2006 -- Verano Inc., the SCADA security company, today announced the acquisition of the Managed Security Services Division of e-DMZ Security LLC. As a result of this acquisition, Verano is launching Industrial Defender Co-Managed Security, the markets only co-managed security service for the real-time SCADA and control environment. Industrial Defender Co-Managed Security is the latest component of Verano's full security life-cycle solution for real-time SCADA and control environment, which also includes SCADA security professional services, through Plant Data Technologies Inc., and technology deployment with Verano's Industrial Defender.

The services division of e-DMZ's in-depth expertise in real-time SCADA and control security co-management, combined with Verano's 15 years of mission-critical SCADA and security protection, enables the market's first full security life-cycle solution unique to the challenging real-time SCADA and control environment. Specific markets which benefit from this complete offering include power transmission and distribution, water distribution and treatment, gas and liquid pipelines, mass transit systems and power generation industries, as well as the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. e-DMZ Security service engineers have helped secure more than 100 process control networks across the globe for customers in these markets.

"e-DMZ Security's monitoring services have been key components of INVISTA's information security," said Stephanie Mitman, information security consultant, INVISTA's R.L. "Their employees' continued flexibility, attention to detail and care for their customer's well-being shows their commitment to protecting a company's business information and processes. Our information security group looks forward to the additional services which Verano, Inc. brings to the table."

e-DMZ Security service customers have benefited from the company's unique capability to co-manage security of the real-time SCADA and control environment. This is extremely valuable to customers who want direct access to and control of their deployed security devices, protecting their critical processes, while still realizing the advantages of centralized security monitoring and management. Industrial Defender Co-Managed Security now provides proactive co-management of the entire real-time SCADA and control environment against cybersecurity threats.

"As companies gain greater real-time visibility into their assets through more open, standardized control systems, they open more doors for cybersecurity threats to enter these systems. Combined increasing regulatory demands, SCADA security solutions will continue to grow in importance for these companies," said H. Christine Richards, research analyst, Energy Insights, an IDC Company. "System security requires more than just software, so companies will begin demanding better ways to manage their security solutions on an ongoing basis."

Global Mission-critical companies can now be fully protected against real-time SCADA and control cybersecurity threats leveraging Verano's SCADA security professional services along with the co-management of Industrial Defender's SCADA specific perimeter protection, network intrusion detection, host intrusion detection and security event management console.

With headquarters in Wilmington, DE, e-DMZ Security Managed Services is the services division of e-DMZ Security LLC, providing co-managed firewall and intrusion detection services for high-risk financial services, pharmaceutical and industrial networks. Currently supporting Fortune 100 customers with managed devices in over 18 countries, e-DMZ Security Managed Services provides 'Razor Wire Protection™ between the internet and their customer's internal network through a 24x7x365 manned security operations center. Basing its models on audit-proven techniques that provide superior operational stability, e-DMZ Security Managed Services offers a suite of services including Co-Managed Security and Professional Services.

Verano Inc. (www.verano.com), the SCADA security company, is the only company that offers a full security life-cycle solution for the real-time SCADA and control environments. The company is a trusted supplier to more than 300 industrial enterprises in power generation, utilities, energy, transportation, chemicals and process manufacturing industries. These customers represent more than 3,000 global system installations. A privately held company founded in 1996, Verano has headquarters in Mansfield, MA, with major operations in Calgary, Canada, Houston, TX, and Wilmington, DE.

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Also see: "Plantdata Technologies leads industry with over 50 SCADA security assessments"

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