About Omaha Public Power District
The Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) is a publicly owned, electric utility that serves more customers than any other electric utility company in Nebraska. They are also one of the largest publicly owned electric utilities in the United States, serving more than 352,000 customers in 13 southeast Nebraska counties. The OPPD’s mission is to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy service to their customers.
With the constant threat of malware infiltrating and infecting critical infrastructures across the globe, strict regulations are put in place to ensure these facilities are taking the correct measures to protect their security infrastructure from cyber-attacks.
Due to these stringent industry policies, OPPD needed to find a solution that would allow them to scan incoming data for malware and monitor the data once it had entered their facility.
OPPD deployed OPSWAT’s Metadefender Kiosk across multiple locations; these kiosks have become a “security checkpoint” for the majority of data that enters their security network. Metadefender enables OPPD to set up detailed security policies tailored for specific users or groups, such as limiting the file size a user may bring into their network or blocking certain file type extensions (JPEG, PDF).
By setting up these defined policies, Metadefender allows OPPD to detect, control and sterilize digital data before it enters their facility. OPPD upgraded to Metadefender version 3.0 in order to take advantage of the extensive file processing and logging capabilities offered in the latest version.
Since OPPD began utilizing Metadefender, they have been able to easily monitor and manage data entering their facilities and even become notified of users attempting to enter their network with unexpected file types.
Metadefender has also provided OPPD greater auditing capabilities through customized questions during the authentication process. OPPD can obtain work order numbers from users before each scan, allowing file scan logs to be easily attributed to users and projects.
“We needed to track and manage the constant flow of data in and out of our facilities. Metadefender has enabled us to set up detailed security policies for specific users and keep pace with the ever-changing industry requirements. It adds another layer of protection for us."