October 13, 2008

Bow Networks, GarrettCom Provide Vision of NERC CIP Secure Access Management to Power Utilities

HOUSTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- As the next NERC CIP compliance deadlines grow near, power utilities are homing in on solutions. Bow Networks' president, Jeff Gill, and GarrettCom's EVP, John Shaw, appearing this week at the ABB EMS User Group meeting in Houston, Tex., will address the key issues of secure access management and substation networking incorporating an Electronic Security Perimeter. Jeff Gill is presenting "NERC CIP - Secure Access Management", and John Shaw is presenting, in conjunction with National Grid, "Compliance of the Electrical Grid with NERC/CIP".

"Kudos to the ABB EMS User Group and its chairman George Kalavantis for recognizing how important secure access management is in meeting NERC CIP requirements," said Gill. "The year 2009 is a crucial year for utilities. NERC CIP regulations require that utilities be essentially compliant by July 1, 2009. The pressure is on for utilities to implement effective cyber security solutions, and selecting a solution that has a proven track record, ease of implementation and ease of use are key factors in making solution choices."

"With the short CIP time lines and ongoing cost pressures, power utilities need security solutions that integrate effectively with their existing networks and systems," said John Shaw, GarrettCom EVP. "With careful planning, both access control and perimeter security can be implemented using a variety of existing network infrastructures and can combine the requirements of SCADA, engineering access, metering and other applications on a single, secure and effective network."

About Bow Networks

Bow Networks Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is the primary developer of CrossBow(TM) Secure Access Manager, a proven secure access management solution designed to provide NERC CIP compliant access to Intelligent Electronic Devices. The company delivers solutions that enable utility-wide real-time acquisition and management of substation and field information. Since 1986, the company has assisted many utilities worldwide to achieve better asset utilization and superior quality of service levels. For more information on Bow Networks and its products, visit http://www.bownetworks.com/.

About GarrettCom

GarrettCom, Inc., Fremont, Calif., USA, is the exclusive North American distributor for the CrossBow(TM) NERC CIP solution that includes Bow Networks' CrossBow(TM) Secure Access Manager, GarrettCom's Magnum DX and DynaStar substation router/firewalls, and other supported substation gateways. GarrettCom is an industry leader in providing networking solutions for challenging industrial environments, including manufacturing, power utility substations, telecommunications, oil and gas facilities, traffic control and video surveillance. The company's products provide a comprehensive industrial network architecture encompassing a switched Ethernet core, distributed edge devices for both Ethernet and Serial protocols, and secured connections to various WAN services. For more information on GarrettCom and its products, visit http://www.garrettcom.com/.

Magnum and GarrettCom are trademarks of GarrettCom, Inc. CrossBow is a trademark of Bow Networks Inc. Ethernet is a trademark of Xerox Corp.

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CONTACT: Barbara Kline of Breakthru Communications, +1-650-868-5804,[email protected], for Bow Networks Inc. and GarrettCom, Inc.

Web site: http://www.bownetworks.com/http://www.garrettcom.com/