RuggedCom Comments on FERC Approval of New Reliability Standards for Cyber Security



    WOODBRIDGE, ON, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a
leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for
mission-critical applications in harsh environments, today comments on the
January 17 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of the
NERC-CIP standards for cyber security.
    FERC has approved eight new mandatory critical infrastructure protection
(CIP) reliability standards to protect the nation's bulk power system against
potential disruptions from cyber security breaches. These reliability
standards were developed by the North American Electric Reliability
Corporation (NERC), which FERC has designated as the electric reliability
organization (ERO). According to FERC Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher, this is the
first set of mandatory and enforceable reliability standards that address
cyber security concerns on the bulk power system in the United States.
    "Mandatory and enforceable NERC-CIP compliance deadlines are forcing
electric power companies to ensure the most critical elements of their systems
meet stringent security requirements," said Marzio Pozzuoli, President and CEO
of RuggedCom. "We have been closely monitoring the development of these
standards and we have adopted and developed our solutions to specifically
address them."
    RuggedCom technology solutions that help utilities comply with the
NERC-CIP standards include:

    
    -   RuggedRouter(TM): Substation hardened network router with integrated
        router/firewall/VPN features that is used to provide an electronic
        security perimeter around critical cyber assets

    -   RuggedSwitch(TM): Substation hardened Ethernet switches with
        integrated security features to secure local area networks

    -   RuggedCom Gauntlet(TM): Enterprise grade application software
        solution that provides secure user access to critical cyber assets
        and extensive NERC-CIP reporting tools and audit trails
    

    RuggedCom is committed to being the industry leader in providing complete
cyber security solutions and other technology products for the electric
utility industry. RuggedCom continuously monitors technology and regulatory
developments in order to provide up-to-date and value-added communications
solutions for our customers.
    For more information about the FERC news release, please visit:
www.ferc.gov/news/news-releases/2008/2008-1/01-17-08-E-2.asp.
    For more information about RuggedCom's cyber security solutions and all
our rugged communications networking products, please visit www.RuggedCom.com.

    About RuggedCom Inc.:

    RuggedCom is a leading provider of rugged communications networking
solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments.
RuggedCom's technology solutions include Ethernet switches, network routers,
wireless devices, serial servers, media converters, software and professional
services. RuggedCom's products are designed for use in harsh environments such
as those found in electrical power substations and "Smart Grids", intelligent
transportation systems, industrial process control and military applications.
For further information, please visit www.RuggedCom.com.




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