N-Dimension works with Vermont Electric Cooperatinve to minimize Cybersecurity risks

Addison, Texas – May 8, 2017 – N-Dimension Solutions, a market leading Managed Security
Service Provider (MSSP) with innovative solutions that protect smart energy networks from cyber
threats, announced Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) has deployed N-Sentinel Monitoring on
their internal network to identify cybersecurity risks. In addition to alerting IT to issues it delivers
in-depth insights identifying affected systems and providing guidance on actions to take.
VEC is the largest member-owned electric distribution cooperative in Vermont. Their mission is
to deliver safe, affordable and reliable power service to approximately 32,000 members across 8
rural counties in the state. The utility is nationally recognized for adoption of innovative and
advanced technology used to help achieve their goals.


“We have a perimeter firewall and intrusion protection system but it only monitors traffic coming in
and going out of our network – not what’s going on inside of it,” said Fred Wiseman, Information
Technology Specialist, VEC. “N-Sentinel Monitoring provides us with visibility into suspicious
activities and provides the information we need to be proactive. It’s a solution every utility should
consider. It’s easily installed, cost effective and is like having a cybersecurity expert on staff.”
Examples of activities detected by N-Sentinel Monitoring on their network which VEC would not
have had visibility into otherwise, include individuals accessing intranet sites using clear-text
passwords, usage of outdated and vulnerable version of Java and other software versions, cloudbased
storage services (e.g. Dropbox); downloads of executable files from the Internet; and use
of external web services to resolve IP addresses. With N-Sentinel Monitoring, IT was alerted to
these activities, some of which were not in compliance with the utility’s security policies. The IP
address(s) of systems involved in the risky activity was included, enabling them to quickly identify
who had take the action so they could take appropriate action.


VEC was introduced to N-Sentinel Monitoring as a result of participating in a project led by the
Cooperative Research Network (CRN), the technology arm of the National Rural Electric
Cooperative Association (NRECA). The CRN project focused on evaluating the value of
continuous network monitoring and cybersecurity community data, key attributes provided as part
of N-Sentinel Monitoring. The project involved installation of N-Sentinel Monitoring sensors at
NRECA member utilities for a 6-month period. Upon successful conclusion of the project, VEC
opted to retain the N-Sentinel Monitoring service after experience its overall benefits.

“Ongoing cyber threat vigilance of traffic inside the utility’s IT network is essential as risks can
often bypass perimeter security devices,” said Tom Ayers, president and CEO, N-Dimension.
“Our managed service is an essential tool providing IT staff with visibility and cybersecurity
intelligence guiding them to take timely actions.”


Upcoming events in which N-Dimension will be participating include the American Public Power
Engineering & Operations Technical Conference (May 7-10); Electric Cities of Georgia
Engineering & Operations Conference (June 7-9); and Milsoft Users Conference (June 13-15).

About N-Dimension Solutions
N-Dimension is a market leading Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) with innovative
solutions tailored to protect smart energy networks from cyber attacks, improving system
reliability and safeguarding critical infrastructure, data and assets. The company’s N-Sentinel line
of services delivers vigilance, detecting and alerting on cyber threats. It combines cloud-based
security intelligence and cybersecurity experts to deliver actionable guidance that enables utilities
to take timely, preemptive action to protect themselves against cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
Company headquarters are in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada and U.S. headquarters are located
in Addison, Texas. N-Dimension is the exclusive cybersecurity partner of Hometown
Connections; and associate member of the American Public Power Association (APPA), National
Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and Electricity Distributors Association (EDA).

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