Introducing patch validation programs for power generators

For operators and owners of power generation systems, maintaining compliance and guarding against evolving cybersecurity threats represent critical, continuous imperatives. So it’s vital to quickly apply patches and fixes when vulnerabilities are identified. However, for resource-constrained operations teams, these patch validation, testing, and deployment efforts can present a number of challenges:

  • Risk. Patches can address vulnerabilities but they can also introduce performance and availability issues.
  • Complexity. Staying on top of vulnerabilities and patches available can be difficult.
  • Administrative overhead. Applying patches can be very labor intensive.

Testing and validation

As part of the program, GE Vernova will test and validate antivirus (AV) and host intrusion detection (HID) signature updates as well as operating system (OS) patches for the GE Mark Series controls. First, we’ll verify whether these new releases apply to your environment, and based on that, we’ll establish a list of candidates for testing.


Patch packaging and delivery

Once patches are tested and validated, we make them available to customers via a secure web portal. We provide cumulative updates so that your organization can stay completely up to date with the latest releases, even if an earlier update wasn’t applied. By delivering these packages, we make it easy for your team to incorporate updates into your transfer and change management processes.

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Host-based and central, network-based deployment options

The patch validation program is available as a stand-alone offering. We deliver scripted files that automate the deployment of patches and antivirus updates. Your organization can deploy these patches using GE Vernova's cybersecurity solution, which brings centralized management to the deployment process, reducing the need to run patch deployment tools locally on each system being patched.

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1 Lloyds, “Emerging Risk Report—2015,” May 2015
2 Ernst & Young, “Plug in: EY’s latest insights for Power & Utilities,” March 2015
Ponemon Institute research, sponsored by IBM, “2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview,” July 2018