RuggedCom and Industrial Defender Join Forces to Provide the Industry's Most Comprehensive Cyber Security Solution

    WOODBRIDGE, ON, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc. ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a
leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for
mission-critical applications in harsh environments, and Industrial Defender,
Inc., the global leader in Cyber Risk Protection(TM), today announced a
strategic partnership to jointly provide the industry's most comprehensive
cyber security solution that addresses the needs of many industrial
applications including those found electric power, transportation, oil and
gas, water and chemical.
    In particular, with North American electric utility customers facing
mandatory NERC-CIP compliance by mid-2008 (which are now enforceable due to
the recent January 17 FERC approval of the NERC-CIP standards), the combined
technology solutions by RuggedCom and Industrial Defender provide the unique
benefit of delivering an integrated solution for compliance. RuggedCom offers
industry-leading rugged communications networking infrastructure products for
environments requiring hardened specifications including the electrical
substation environment, as well as RuggedCom Gauntlet(TM) a user
authentication solution for the electric power market that provides secure
access to critical cyber assets. Industrial Defender provides network security
professional services, cyber security technology and managed security services
that enables a comprehensive Defense in Depth(TM) approach to cyber security.
    "Mandatory NERC-CIP compliance deadlines are forcing electric power
companies to ensure the most critical elements of their systems meet stringent
security requirements on an abbreviated timeframe," said Marzio Pozzuoli,
President and CEO of RuggedCom. "Our partnership with Industrial Defender
enables us to deliver our technology with an increased level of cyber
security, providing customers with a more comprehensive and complete
    "Working with RuggedCom provides customers with a completely integrated
and easier roadmap to NERC-CIP compliance for their critical cyber assets,"
said Brian M. Ahern, president and CEO of Industrial Defender. "Joining forces
with the global leader in hardened network infrastructure products extends
Industrial Defender's Defense-in-Depth technology offering through the
seamless integration of RuggedCom devices within the Industrial Defender
Security Event Management (SEM) console; while now also enabling a managed
security service offering for global RuggedCom products."

    The combined offering includes the following key integrated solution

    -   Industrial Defender network professional services and managed
        security services with proven experience and expertise enabling
        customers to meet NERC-CIP assessment and other industry specific
        security requirements and standards

    -   RuggedCom hardened network infrastructure products for harsh
        environments, including electrical substations (routers, switches,
        serial servers, wireless devices, media converters)

    -   RuggedCom Gauntlet(TM) for user authentication, access control and
        logging, and specific NERC CIP reporting and audit tools

    -   Industrial Defender's Defense-in-Depth(TM) cyber security monitoring
        and management through the company's Security Event Management (SEM)

    -   Industrial Defender Intrusion Detection technology products (IDS
        signatures, HIDS, and NIDS)

    RuggedCom has also enrolled in the Industrial Defender Enabled Premier
Partner program, a new program designed to match technology providers with
Industrial Defender's cyber security solutions for the real-time process
control and SCADA market. RuggedCom continues to seek partnerships with
industry leading companies in order to provide high value-added solutions to
our customers.
    For more information on the joint cyber security solution from RuggedCom
and Industrial Defender, please visit or

    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

    About Industrial Defender, Inc.

    Industrial Defender, Inc., the global leader in Cyber Risk Protection, is
the first company to offer a completely integrated cyber security solution
designed to protect the real-time process control and SCADA environment in a
flexible and cost effective platform. This comprehensive Cyber Risk Protection
Lifecycle solution enables the efficient assessment, mitigation and management
of cyber security risk within the critical infrastructure network domain.
Formerly known as Verano, Inc., Industrial Defender is a privately held
company with over 16 years of real-time process control and SCADA industry
experience, more than 1,700 global deployments in securing critical
infrastructure systems and more than 3,000 mission critical SCADA deployments.

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For further information: For media or industry analyst support, please
contact: Jamie Blakeley, Marketing Communications Coordinator, RuggedCom Inc.,
(905) 856-5288, (888) 264-0006 toll free

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