Physical Security Solutions for the Oil & Gas Industry

Convergence of physical and industrial controls.

Applications and systems controlling oil and gas industrial processes are complex and typically traverse large geographies. Most of these processes run non-stop and are fine-tuned to deliver performance and reliability. Modification or replacement of these systems usually only occurs after a 10 to 15-year use cycle.

Many of the systems currently in place were not designed with Security in mind. The Alert Enterprise platform solves these inadequacies, linking to specialized plant applications like Distributed Control Systems (DCS), plant historians and specialized log management systems that deliver data directly from field devices like PLCs, RTUs, and SCADA systems.

Alert Enterprise software uncovers blended threats across multiple areas to detect and prevent unintentional or malicious incidents before they happen – and even specific to the

operation of a broad range of instruments, sensors, switches, valves, gauges, servo control motors, pumps, alarms, relays and communications gear.

The software integrates seamlessly with enterprise applications including HR systems and providing ongoing background checks and risk analysis during the entire hire-to-retire journey.

The Alert Enterprise platform manages insider threats by integrating across multiple Physical Access Control Systems (PACS), video surveillance and sensor networks to continually monitor employee and contractor access to critical assets across the entire energy value chain.

Alert Enterprise Solutions

  • Unified business layer that correlates blended threats across IT systems, physical access controls and industrial controls
  • Monitor insider threats via cross-application risk
    analysis – including onboarding and offboarding
  • Incident management and response
    system includes pre-packaged remedial
    action strategies
  • Rich, content situational awareness display – geospatial mapping to Google Maps, Virtual Earth
  • Compliance automation meets industryspecific regulations

Alert Enterprise delivers next-gen physical solutions for the oil & gas industry

Alert Enterprise is the only software that can detect and uncover security threats across IT systems, physical access and industrial controls without adversely impacting the performance or reliability of the process and providing real-time incident response and situational awareness.

Companies are challenged with securing their plant applications from exposure created by ongoing integration with business processes. Most Security technologies have been developed for corporate networks and cannot be installed in real-time environments without impacting operational reliability. The plant can no longer operate effectively in this environment. Alert Enterprise delivers an add-on solution that can secure

enterprise IT and plant applications and deliver continuous, integrated monitoring to prevent sabotage, acts of terrorism and malicious acts.

To address insider threats, Alert Enterprise conducts background certification checks and risk analysis prior to enabling access to critical areas, assets, devices and applications needed for operations. Additionally, Alert Enterprise ensures terminated employees no longer have physical or logical access to systems, facilities and assets. Companies trying to accomplish this today are too often faced with manual procedures that are time-consuming, costly and unable to scale.

Alert Enterprise software delivers IT-OT convergence solutions that include security and operational risk management for upstream, midstream and downstream operations. Integrating across IT, physical security and OT/SCADA operations, Alert Enterprise software yields critical infrastructure protection for the entire enterprise.

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.

Capabilities for oil & gas installations.

  • Employee and contractor onboarding/offboarding
  • Managing SCADA security and operational safety
  • Enhanced security operations center capabilities
  • Plant incident management and response
  • Operational compliance

Energy transportation security.

Traversing the energy value chain involves transportation – pipelines and multi-modal transport including sea, rail and trucking.

Thousands of access points, hundreds of employees, varying levels of security from highly access-controlled areas at ports, to moderately controlled areas open to the public – all need to be monitored.

Alert Enterprise scales to the challenge – detecting and identifying threats that viewed separately might not be cause for alarm, but when correlated and analyzed require immediate attention and mitigation.

Some of the benefits include the following:

  • Deliver complete security across the enterprise

  • Visualization enables better alignment between business and security objectives

  • Faster response to unfolding incidents minimizes adverse impact to business

  • Remedial action strategies yield knowledge to responders
    allowing managers to focus on mitigation

  • Active policy enforcement with operational compliance

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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.