Bear Systems is building on its next generation cybersecurity platform to provide a range of SIMPLE (Secure Integrated ML Platform Leveraging Expertise) solutions for the world’s most pressing needs. This blog entry is one of a series of introductions showing how Bear can provide a SIMPLE solution for specific vertical challenges.
Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) consists of everything that we rely on to exist – electricity, water, gas, and so forth. Without CNI, our country would devolve into chaos, and any number of those post-apoplectic movies would become our reality (maybe not The Walking Dead).
And the reality is that we are closer to those horrible outcomes than we want to admit – MUCH closer.
The problem is that our CNI consists of old equipment mixed in with new equipment all run by a range of disparate management efforts. Think spaghetti…that has been tossed into a blender…and then splattered against a wall. Backup options are a joke, grids are being overwhelmed, and we are just not moving forward in a manner that makes sense.
On top of all of those issues is the lack of any level of cybersecurity that makes a difference. Oil rigs have been completely exposed for years, water and power plants have known vulnerabilities. Our CNI is crashing and burning (or about to) and nothing appears to be poised to solve these challenges.
By now, you probably know that I am going to say that there is a SIMPLE solution…and there is but it is extremely complex! We call it SIMPLE CNI and we have done a massive dive into this system, how to work across legacy and modern equipment, lockdown and enhance SCADA, and so forth. This post will not re-hash (see what I did there?!?) that discussion.
Instead this post will overview some of the major challenges that SIMPLE CNI will overcome. The first of these is the direct management of all CNI equipment. SIMPLE CNI works underneath software running on these devices and provides a unified platform that works across these devices, all types of communications, and empowers visual management at scale. To provide these capabilities, SIMPLE CNI uses Robotic Process Automation (RPA) tasks that encapsulate domain expertise into reusable, visual, management tools. Through SIMPLE CNI, operators can take control of their infrastructure, optimize the use of their true experts, and provide optimized, scalable control.
SIMPLE CNI further secures CNI and it can proactively detect and overcome threats at scale leveraging cybersecurity domain expertise. Those cybersecurity tools are still controlled by CNI operators to ensure uptime while eliminating threats. In fact, SIMPLE CNI, is the only platform that is capable of adapting to and overcoming novel threats with no unwanted disruptions.
There is obviously more, much more, to our SIMPLE CNI solution and, if you are interested, please contact us to learn more!