Partnership Combines Next-Level Security with Scalable Remote Access to PV Solar Systems
OVERLAND PARK, KS and DALLAS, TX – (05/31/18) – 40Cloud, a cloud infrastructure security broker in the FireMon product portfolio, today announced a partnership with Locus Energy to provide a secure private network solution to facilitate remote operation and maintenance of commercial, industrial, and utility-scale PV solar systems.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next frontier for securing the hybrid enterprise. With billions of devices communicating with enterprise systems, there are now billions more potential compromises for the expanding attack surface.
For Locus Energy, network reliability and security are crucial, as its solar monitoring and data analytics platform serves more than 160,000 systems monitoring a significant portion of U.S. solar generation.
“Our customers require uninterrupted performance of their solar fleets,” said Anil Ramachandran, Hardware Product Manager at Locus Energy. “That’s why security is so important to us. We must be able to lock down access to and from each connected device. With the complexity of our network, a solution like 40Cloud makes that possible.”
Enterprises with IoT strategies will often have thousands of policies governing which users and devices can interact with each other. FireMon alleviates the burden on security teams to manage each of those policies, providing a consolidated, real-time picture of access controls across the enterprise – both on-premises and in the cloud. In addition, orchestration capabilities reduce the time and errors associated with provisioning access to ensure secure access is granted in a timely manner.
“By creating a more interconnected world, we have greatly increased computing power but have also introduced security management complexities,” said 40Cloud Co-Founder Amir Naftali. “There isn’t a single playbook to IoT security; however, we do know that sound policy is at the foundation just as it is for any security program. The 40Cloud solution enables organizations to establish and manage secure cloud connections with speed and accuracy.”
40Cloud was founded in September 2012 with the mission of promoting migration of enterprises to the public cloud. With the understanding that security is the top-most concern in a cloud migration process, 40Cloud develops software solutions that enable secure cloud migration, usage and interworking. At 40Cloud, we believe that cloud consumers must have maximum flexibility in consuming cloud services, so our solutions are offered as-a-service and are cloud-provider independent.
In late 2016, following an acquisition, 40Cloud became part of FireMon. Headquartered in Dallas and Kansas City, FireMon is the global leader in Network Security Policy Management (NSPM). FireMon’s security management platform provides a complete package of policy and risk analysis, automated change management and security analytics and monitoring.
ABOUT LOCUS ENERGY
Locus Energy is a monitoring, control, and data analytics platform provider for the solar photovoltaic (PV) market spanning the residential, commercial, and utility sectors, around the world. With over 160,000 systems deployed, and over 6 GW in the US, Locus Energy monitors a significant portion of installed U.S. solar capacity. Locus Energy’s corporate headquarters are in Hoboken, NJ, and its technology headquarters are in San Francisco, CA. Locus Energy is part of Genscape, the premier global commodity and energy information Services Company. For more information, visit: www.locusenergy.com