Implementation of Industrial Defender NIDS Monitoring

Due to NERC CIP standards, Energy and Utilities companies are mandated to produce certain reports in order to collect and archive NERC CIP compliance related data. 

In order to produce the reports mandated by NERC CIP standards, the majority of the energy industry has implemented the Industrial Defender system.  Industrial Defender monitors, manages and protects critical cyber assets in accordance with NERC CIP V5.  The application ensures the safe and reliable operation of control systems.  Real-time intelligence about the physical location, system health and state data of assets is key to reliable operations and regulatory compliance.

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Agile Multi-Site Delivery with the Nearshore Advantage

Our client needed to introduce a common web platform to a number of its subsidiaries while also rolling out key enhancements to registration and billing functionality. Olenick was engaged to verify this platform against a common set of web browsers and mobile devices while assuring a high-quality project delivery. An Olenick solution team of almost 30 software QA-Test consultants were spread across five locations - Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Buenos Aires, and Belfast in a true multi-site solution delivery of a public facing website.  

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The Nearshore Advantage

For software projects with tight cost parameters, aggressive timelines, and quality standards to maintain, nearshore services can provide the best solution.  Nearshore solutions provide support close to the home base of the project.  They offer coveted reduced rates, an extended workday and streamlined communication due to shared cultural attributes.  For the past five years, Buenos Aires and Belfast have provided nearshore solutions for many of Olenick’s clients.  They have allowed Olenick to stay competitive on pricing and deliver projects on timelines that would have otherwise been near impossible.

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Quality Assurance Considerations

My experience as a Quality Assurance professional with many different projects in various business domains has helped me to develop several points for establishing a Quality Assurance process within an organization:

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Infamous Software Bugs: Mars Orbiter

Bugs can be both annoying and inconvenient – and I’m not just talking about the buzzing pests looking to land in your potato salad. Just as some insects can pose a threat to your well-being, software bugs can pose a threat to your software or system’s well-being – in addition, they can be costly to fix.

This is the first blog in our ‘Infamous Software Bugs’ series, which will take a look at some of the most infamous software bugs since mankind first found a moth trapped in the Harvard Mark II relay. Up first is a software bug that is out of this world… literally.

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O&A Associate publishes in Quality Assurance Institute Journal

May 28, 2008.  Olenick & Associates Senior Associate Denise Copening appears in the April issue of Quality Assurance Institute Journal with her piece entitled Commentary on Rising Elephant. Ms. Copening reviews the book Rising Elephant by Ashutosh Sheshabalaya and contrasts some of this author’s conclusions regarding the role and impact of IT outsourcing with points raised on the same subject by Ed Yourdon in an earlier issue of the same publication.

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Journal of the Quality Assurance Institute Publishes Outsourcing Article

Senior Consultant Denise Copening of Olenick & Associates published an article on outsourcing in the April 2005 issue of the Journal of the Quality Assurance Institute.

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