|By Business Wire
|November 21, 2012 02:43 PM EST
a leading provider of IT governance, risk and compliance (GRC)
solutions, announced today that customer Doug Powell, Manager of
Security, Privacy and Safety for BC Hydro has been named a 2012 Security
7 Award winner by Information Security magazine. Powell is
honored for securing and managing risk of Critical Infrastructure (CI)
in the energy sector. Each year the editors honor seven outstanding
professionals in seven vertical markets who have made an impact on the
advancement of information security practices, policies and
technologies. In its eighth year, many of the industry’s most notable
cybersecurity luminaries have been recognized for this prestigious award.
"Doug’s efforts to re-evaluate GRC practices for smart grid and his
community contributions to international security standards, best
practices and lab research is advancing the protection of CI globally,"
says Sergio Thompson-Flores, CEO of Modulo. “His insight to extend GRC
beyond the traditional bounds by integrating cybersecurity, physical
security and operational risk mirrors the Modulo vision and is helping
to drive innovative new applications and capabilities of the Modulo Risk
Powell oversees all aspects of security, privacy and safety governance
and risk within the smart grid program of Canada’s third largest
utility. When faced with the daunting task of navigating the regulatory
community for BC Hydro’s $1 billion AMI (smart grid) program, Powell
implemented a GRC assessment as the foundation for its enterprise-wide
security standards framework. Doug worked with Modulo to add NERC CIP
and NISTIR 7628 controls to the already extensive GRC standards base.
Further, Modulo's nimble GRC engine became the standard for BC Hydro's
risk reporting within its smart metering project and will hold the
knowledge base and detailed asset repository for this complex
Powell also leveraged Modulo Risk Manager to successfully implement the
critical infrastructure protection program for BC Hydro during the 2010
Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
“I am honored to be included in this impressive group of award winners
and to be recognized by the esteemed editors of Information Security
magazine. By bringing to light important advancements in every industry
sector, the Security 7 award is enabling cross-industry collaboration –
a critical step toward effective cybersecurity in this new world of
Stuxnet-size threats,” said Powell.
Powell is currently Vice Chair of the ASIS Utilities Security Council
and Chair of the ASIS Critical Infrastructure Working Group; an advisor
on the Canadian National Energy Infrastructure Test Centre (SCADA Lab),
Industry Advisory Board; and a British Columbia representative of the
Canadian Energy & Utilities Sector Network cross-industry working group.
He also received a written commendation from the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police, Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Team in 2011 for his
contribution to critical infrastructure protection initiatives aligned
with industry cooperation in national information and intelligence
Powell’s essay titled “GRC Management and Critical Infrastructure
Protection” and accompanying profile can be found online at: http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/feature/GRC-Management-and-Critical-Infrastructure-Protection.
In this essay he points to the need for GRC management to adapt in a new
comprehensive way to include ongoing, real-time assessments (as opposed
to periodic assessment) and physical and situational awareness inputs.
Adds Powell, “One model to watch and learn from is the recent United
Nations Rio +20 event, where Modulo demonstrated how it can process and
analyze real-time inputs from both the cyber and the physical world for
effective situational awareness – exactly the type of assessment tool
that is needed for complex protection environments from smart grid to
According to Information
Security magazine, “These winners represent diverse interests,
from emerging critical infrastructure protection issues and protecting
federal networks, to information sharing and big data security
analytics. While they have different focuses, all share a tireless
devotion to cybersecurity.”
About Information Security magazine and SearchSecurity.com
SearchSecurity.com provides enterprise security professionals with the
information they need to keep their corporate data and assets secure. No
other site delivers the depth and breadth of security focused content
that SearchSecurity.com does. At over 2 million, our registered member
base includes the highest concentration of security-focused IT
professionals anywhere. Tightly integrated with industry-leading
Information Security magazine, the site offers security-specific news,
technical tips and strategic planning content, written by our dedicated
editorial staff and a network of over 150 of the top independent
Modulo is a leading global enterprise provider of comprehensive
Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) management solutions. Modulo’s
award-winning Risk Manager™ provides hundreds of organizations worldwide
with the tools they need to automate the entire GRC management process
to monitor, manage and sustain adherence to policy and regulations while
reducing enterprise risk and complexity. Customers span the financial,
health care, retail, telecom, power & gas and government sectors and
include BASF, BC Hydro, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Microsoft, New York
University Medical Center, Synovus Financial, and Schlumberger. Modulo
Risk Manager has earned “Best Buy” and “5-Star” ratings in SC Magazine’s
2011 and 2012 risk and policy management group product review and is the
winner of the 2011 & 2010 Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence
Award and 2010 Network Products Guide Product Innovation Award and is a
finalist for the 2011 & 2010 SC Magazine Excellence Award.
and follow Modulo on Twitter @moduloitgrc
for more information.
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