Trends & Challenges of the Utility Market

SECURITY CONVERGENCE: A NEW MORAL IMPERATIVE FOR UTILITY INDUSTRIES
A perspective piece from AlertEnterprise CSO Mark Weatherford

As the level of global security threats continue to increase, all eyes are turning to the utilities sector. Here’s a quick rundown: given the changing security landscape, offenders have moved on from their usual targets to industrial control systems, a more lucrative focal point. When you add ongoing global conflicts to the equation, you get a perfect storm of unwavering security threats aimed at utility industries — from oil and gas to energy and water.

But if we’re being honest, the utilities industries have been compromised to a certain degree for quite some time. The problem lies in the business needs often being as complex as the technology solutions aimed at solving them. And because of the ever-evolving communication gaps, when security breaches happen in one area of a company, they are more likely to spill over into others. The result? Stolen proprietary information, compromised identities and the loss of millions of company dollars.

The obvious solution is to eliminate communication gaps, overcome security silos and mitigate insider and outsider threats through the convergence of IT, OT and physical security. Here’s how:

 

What to set your sights on

Think convergence: Most companies operate in silos that often don’t have a clear line of communication. Integrating physical security, HR security and operational security gives you a single point of visibility into your entire security posture and solves multiple business challenges, all at once.

Integrate supply risk management: The changing security landscape puts supply risk management in the hot seat. Truth is, it’s no longer a matter of simply getting from point A to point B. Now we’re forced to consider other logistical factors: Who is building these micro-processors? What is going into all the devices that we use? Who is managing the shipment of materials? Supply risk management needs to be an integral part of the convergence conversation. 

Skip the homegrown solutions: Many companies create their own programs that they end up having to integrate with various components like identity management, access management and physical access. This very rarely breeds efficient results. And even when it does, the time, money and resources needed to develop and manage it all tends to add up. 

With more and more at stake, companies can’t afford to work in security silos. The good news: you don’t have to. Contact us to learn how you can converge your IT, OT, HR and physical security systems into one integrated, easy-to-use platform. Bonus: there’s no coding required.

Want to learn more? Click below to watch the full interview with our Chief Strategy Officer, Mark Weatherford.

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David Cassady

Chief Revenue Officer

David Cassady has been selling and leading sales 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 Revenue Officer, David leverages his extensive experience helping software businesses drive growth through skill-building for cloud and SaaS-focused teams. Together with the AlertEnterprise team, David is focused on the intersection of a repeatable sales process, a predictable pipeline and a multi-channel go-to-market strategy that includes physical security system integrators and SAP — all with the goal of driving explosive growth for the company.

Mark Weatherford

Chief Security Officer
Senior Vice President, Regulated Industries

Mark Weatherford brings years of high-level cyber-physical expertise to AlertEnterprise, 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 AlertEnterprise, 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 AlertEnterprise, 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 AlertEnterprise. With more than 20 years of experience in global sales and support services, Deol nurtures existing client relationships with a customer-first approach. As AlertEnterprise 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 AlertEnterprise, 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 AlertEnterprise, 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 AlertEnterprise, Inc. An accomplished engineer by trade, Gill is driving the long-overdue digital transformation of the physical security industry.

Prior to launching AlertEnterprise, 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.