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Program tests for security best practices
Sensus is the first advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) company to achieve overall cyber security certification after an eight-month collaborative effort with industrial testing and certification firm Wurldtech Security Technologies. Sensus has achieved the Wurldtech Achilles Practices Certification (APC), a security best practices benchmark, in addition to the Achilles Communication Certification previously awarded for the Sensus FlexNet AMI communications system. The Wurldtech Achilles Certifications are based on standards set by the International Instrumentation Users Assn. (WIB).
The APC testing covered more than 200 Sensus processes in specific areas designed to improve and proactively maintain security throughout the product lifecycle, including organizational support and governance, product functionality and commissioning and maintenance.
“At its core, Sensus is a technology company that customers respect and trust,” said David Ayers, vice president of engineering at Sensus. “The ability to offer internationally certified technology solutions extends that trust by achieving a standard of security embraced by global industrial leaders.”
The Achilles Communication Certification, awarded last October, verified that an end-to-end FlexNet AMI system, comprised of ten components and all intercomponent communication, possesses robust communication architecture and an overall resilience against intrusion or other malicious acts.
“Sensus has demonstrated impressive foresight in pursuing the Achilles Communication and Practices Certifications and we commend their dedication to continual improvement,” said Nate Kube, chief technology officer of Wurldtech. “As the smart grid industry looks for ways to improve the security and reliability of AMI formal cyber security benchmarks heavily utilized in other critical infrastructure sectors, such as the Achilles Certifications, can help lead the way.”