Industrial Cyber-Physical Security For Food & Beverage

Converged security solutions for the prevention of insider threat and bioterrorism

Securing our most important critical resource—the food supply chain—means correlating threats across underlying HR, IT, Physical Security and Operational Technology used in production and processing. Alert Enterprise links to specialized plant applications like MES, plant historians and demand management from ERP that can deliver information directly to production. Monitoring insider and contractor access to modifying batch recipes detects when the addition of a preservative has been suppressed, causing a contaminated batch to be produced.

Integrating seamlessly with SAP applications, Alert Enterprise software further prevents insider threat by automating background checks and risk analysis during the on-boarding and off-boarding process for employees and contractors.

Delivering true security requires a holistic solution across the entire food value chain, from sourcing to production to retail distribution. In addition, companies need detailed record keeping of plant maintenance and safety measures, along with quality checks and transparency with all suppliers—whether in their backyard or overseas.

Alert Enterprise Solutions

  • Single solution to manage operational risk and security
  • Visual, easy-to-use interface allows security and risk managers to make business decisions
  • Automated policy enforcement for training
    and certification
  • Enhanced decision support and analytics mitigates threats in real-time
  • Reduced cost for compliance while actively enforcing policies with data that goes beyond baseline documentation
  • Pre-built connectors provide easy integration with ERP, HR, Physical Access Control Systems, and MES systems

Let's connect the dots

Guardian™ and from Alert Enterprise delivers security convergence to safeguard against bioterrorism by monitoring cyber risk and insider threats across IT, physical security and SCADA/IT systems.

Securing workforce identity and access – an insider threat use case

A company we’ve named BigFood was dealing with a disgruntled production foreman, “Tom.” Tom not only had physical access to the production floor, but was intimately familiar with the control system settings to configure recipes for the Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).

Alert Enterprise Guardian’s certified and real-time integration SAP SuccessFactors HCM provided critical real-time data that identified Tom’s history of workplace issues. When Tom accessed the plant area after his normal shift hours, Alert Enterprise software detected that he was making unusual changes to the production settings to eliminate the addition of preservatives. An alert was immediately sent to the Security Operations staff as well as the Plant Manager. The incident was prevented, with huge savings from avoided downtime and protection from loss of reputation to the company brand.

Requirements for securing the food and beverage industry

Seamless integration with SAP SuccessFactors HCM to provide complete background checks for employees and contractors

Monitoring of unauthorized changes to SCADA for MES in production and processing

Complete situational awareness, Monitor operator actions and roles, functions and authorizations

Batch and production traceability including identity of shift personnel related to each batch or process

Alert Enterprise delivers next-generation security, risk and compliance for the food and beverage industry

The food and beverage industry must meet high quality
standards and adhere to rapid production cycles to preserve nutrition value and freshness. Convergence and automation are the keys to achieving these goals. As OT and IT networks become interconnected, OT environments are more exposed to cyber-physical attacks, which can result in tainted products, downtime and revenue losses. Alert Enterprise delivers a unified security solution that secures enterprise IT applications and plant applications—delivering a continuous
monitoring solution that prevents sabotage, acts of
terrorism and other malicious incidents.

Take the risk out of your automated food and beverage production

  • AI-powered predictive analytics
  • Supply chain application integration to receive
    transportation alerts
  • Monitor warehouse access by employees and
    contractors to prevent material theft
  • Analyze blended threats across IT systems, physical access controls and industrial controls
  • Rich content situational awareness display – geospatial mapping to Google Maps, Virtual Earth
  • Incident management and response system including pre-packaged remedial action strategies
  • Monitors production processes for sabotage and malicious incidents
  • Manages supply chain risks including changes to master data and transactions
  • Manages the movement of goods and risks from
    spoilage and arrival notification requirements by FDA
  • Automate F&B related regulatory compliance: Public
    Health Safety and Bioterrorism Preparedness and
    Response Act of 2002 (Bioterrorism Act 2002); Food
    Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); HSPD 9 Defense of
    Agriculture and Food; and other FDA requirements
  • Enforcement of FDA Hazard Analysis & Critical Control
    Point (HACCP) Standards
  • Enforcement of FDA Hazard Analysis & Critical Control
    Point (HACCP) Standards

Let's transform.

Just think: soon, you could be up and running with the latest security automation. Ready?

David Cassady

Chief Strategy Officer

David Cassady has been selling and leading teams in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years. During that time, he’s led a mix of established software players and startups. Cassady has also been involved with five IPOs — and at least as many acquisitions. 

As Chief Strategy Officer, David leverages his extensive experience helping software businesses drive growth through deep and impactful partnerships with the world’s most successful SaaS providers like ServiceNow, Microsoft and SAP. 

Mark Weatherford

Chief Security Officer
Senior Vice President, Regulated Industries

Mark Weatherford brings years of high-level cyber-physical expertise to Alert Enterprise, and as Chief Security Officer (CSO), he guides the strategy of data management and protection by advising cyber-physical security policies and procedures within the company. Weatherford also works in liaison with businesses and executive professionals in the cyber and physical security industries to further accelerate security convergence adoption.

Mark has held numerous high-level cyber-centric positions, including Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the Department of Homeland Security’s first Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity under the Obama administration, California’s first Chief Security Officer, and the first CISO for the state of Colorado.

Harsh Chauhan

Chief Technology Officer

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Alert Enterprise, Harsh Chauhan is responsible for the company’s engineering technology innovation and solution delivery. A 20-year technology veteran and leader, Chauhan is focused on the growth of the company’s 3D Governance Risk Compliance (GRC) hyperscale cloud platform.

He also continues to develop integrated solutions with leading technology partners like SAP, SAP NS2, and ServiceNow. Before Alert Enterprise, Mr. Chauhan held multiple CTO positions, as well as Product Owner and Head of Development at SAP GRC 10.0, delivering targeted solutions to high-profile SAP clients.

Ruby Deol

Chief Operations Officer

Ruby Deol oversees all business units at Alert Enterprise. With more than 20 years of experience in global sales and support services, Deol nurtures existing client relationships with a customer-first approach. As Alert Enterprise continues to grow in industry recognition and stature, Deol is charged with developing and implementing methods to meet organization goals and facilitate the company’s ongoing transformation.

Kaval Kaur

CFO and Co-Founder

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Co-Founder of Alert Enterprise, Kaval Kaur leads all finance and administrative back-office operations. Kaur is a member of the national professional organization American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California State CPA Society.

Prior to joining Alert Enterprise, she was the CFO and Co-Founder of Virsa Systems, a position she held until its acquisition by SAP.

Kaur is a philanthropist at heart, embracing the diversity of the San Francisco Bay area by assisting with and promoting special cultural events. She recently sponsored 2,000 public schools in rural India to advance computer literacy skills for children and is a foster mother to a 10 year old.

Jasvir Gill

Founder and CEO

Leading the charge of digital transformation and security convergence is Jasvir Gill, Founder and CEO of Alert Enterprise, Inc. An accomplished engineer by trade, Gill is driving the long-overdue digital transformation of the physical security industry.

Prior to launching Alert Enterprise, Gill was the founder and CEO of Virsa Systems, where he grew the company into a global leader of application security software. An early pioneer in establishing governance, risk and compliance as a software market segment, he drove exponential growth at Virsa, facilitating its acquisition by SAP in 2006.

In his free time, Jasvir helps drive social and economic empowerment in the community. He’s also a trustee at the American India Foundation.