N-Dimension Proves Cybersecurity Technology at Burlington Hydro with Funding from Ontario Smart Grid Project
Technology Used as Foundation for Launch of Cybersecurity Monitoring
a market leading Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) with
innovative solutions that protect smart energy networks from cyber
threats, announced the successful completion of a cybersecurity project
sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Energy and funded in part through
Smart Grid Fund initiative.
The project focused on the development, evaluation and commercialization
of cybersecurity technology integration into distributed smart grid
field applications. The goals were to improve the reliability of power
delivery and ensure the integrity of utility and power customer data in
Ontario. For validation, a demonstration of the cybersecurity technology
was integrated into Burlington Hydro’s smart meter network.
“Distributed security for our intelligent field devices makes sense,
protecting both utility operations as well as customers,” said Dan
Lowry, CIO, Burlington Hydro. “N-Dimension continuous threat detection
and monitoring technology proved to be an effective component in
developing a defense-in-depth security strategy."
“The province of Ontario continues to be a recognized pioneer in smart
grid technology deployments,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy,
Ontario. “We are pleased with the results of this project – they
validate an important cybersecurity technology at the distribution level
and contribute to reducing risk for utilities and their customers.”
N-Dimension has successfully commercialized the technology developed as
part of the Ontario Smart Grid Fund project with its N-Sentinel
Monitoring, a continuous threat monitoring service released earlier
this year. N-Sentinel intelligently analyzes and reduces threat alert
data, eliminating the time consuming process for IT to analyze hundreds
or thousands of log files. By quickly pinpointing the threat and source,
IT can take timely action to remediate problems.
N-Dimension strongly leveraged its extensive background in security
penetration testing and assessment services and its utility operations
experience to create innovative cybersecurity threat monitoring and
protection technology. In addition to continuously identifying threats
and generating alerts, N-Dimension aggregates the data and intelligently
classifies it and identifies the threat source and system(s) affected.
By logically reducing the large amounts of data, the time consuming
process for IT to analyze hundreds or thousands of log files is
A requirement of the project included a demonstration of the
cybersecurity technology integrated into a participating utility’s
operational smart meter network. To meet this requirement, N-Dimension
integrated the continuous threat monitoring technology into Elster
Solutions’ EnergyAxis Gatekeeper, complementing Elster’s existing
state of the art security. The Elster Gatekeepers serve as WAN access
points for the Elster power meters 900 MHz local area mesh network. By
distributing cybersecurity monitoring close to the edge of the network,
threats are detected before they can spread to other parts of the
utility network and systems. The N-Dimension security-enabled
Gatekeepers were deployed at Burlington
Hydro Inc., a power distribution service company serving
approximately 66,700 residential and commercials customers in the City
“The Ontario Smart Grid Fund helped to accelerate our cybersecurity
technology research and development efforts,” said Tom Ayers, CEO,
N-Dimension. “It was a huge advantage to be able to work with Burlington
Hydro to validate the technology and gain their feedback and insights as
part of this effort.”
About Ontario Smart Grid Fund
Smart Grid Fund, launched in 2011 by the Ontario Ministry of Energy,
supports the growth and advancement of the province’s electricity grid.
By investing in Ontario-based projects, its goal is to bring the
benefits of a smart grid to homes and businesses while providing
economic development opportunities and creating jobs.
About Elster Solutions
is a world leader in measuring and improving the flow of natural gas,
electricity and water in more than 130 countries. With one of the most
extensive installed revenue measurement bases in the world and more
than 200 million metering modules deployed over the course of the last
10 years alone, Elster is enabling the vital connections between
technology and Earth’s energy and resources for our global community.
About N-Dimension Solutions
N-Dimension is a market leading
Managed Security Service Provider (MSPP) 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 continuous 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.
N-Dimension is the exclusive cybersecurity partner of Hometown
Connections, the utility services subsidiary of the American
Public Power Association (APPA), an associate member of the APPA, National
Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and Electricity
Distributors Association (EDA).
For more information about N-Sentinel and to request a free on-site
trial of our N-Sentinel Monitoring, please visit our website at www.n-dimension.com.
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