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TI Safe kept growing in 2021 and faced the challenge of putting in place the necessary security to meet the regulation of the electricity sector

Company doubled in size and structured itself to offer integrated solutions for the new ONS and Aneel regulations

The year 2021 was emblematic for TI Safe. The company doubled in size and number of employees, opening the second physical unit of its security operations center (ICS-SOC). The new facility is located in the Rio Sul tower in Botafogo, in a strategic location in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The planned expansion was accelerated so that the company could still structure itself to help companies implement the new operational routine RO-CB.BR.01, determined by the National System Operator (ONS).

According to Marcelo Branquinho, CEO of TI Safe, RO-CB.BR.01 must be implemented by everyone that integrates ARCiber, including the agents' operation centers, equipment that participate in the infrastructure for sending or receiving data and voice for ONS operatives or to the operation centers of other agents and the operator itself. “ONS is the one who operates this entire electricity market, so the routine also applies to it. If an agent in the system is contaminated and takes the virus to the ONS, this can compromise the entire electrical system”, explains Marcelo.

And to meet this new routine, companies in the sector will need to rely on strategic and tactical support from those who deeply understand cybersecurity in the industrial environment. The Operational Routine determines, for example, the review of architectures, which signals that some companies will have to reorganize their networks. In addition to the technical controls, there are two very important administrative points: The ONS determines that agents in the electricity sector have a representative responsible for responding to the cyber security of their operating networks and a specific security policy for the industrial environment, which must include rules both for communication with customers and with the operator itself.

TI Safe, therefore, created the solution ONS Ready, where the first step is to evaluate the security infrastructure that already exists in each installation to be protected, being able to use existing solutions, or place other new solutions, according to the company's security needs and in accordance with what the new
routine.

The electricity sector has gained more and more relevance within the scope of TI Safe's operations. In addition to the ONS RO-CB.BR.01, the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) also determined, at the end of 2021, to implement a cyber security policy to be adopted by sector agents, thus opening another front. of work for the company.

Marcelo Branquinho explains that, in addition to the projections for the electricity sector, the prospects for 2022 are for growth in all segments in which TI Safe operates: industrial sector, oil and gas, steel and mining, water and sanitation, finance and retail, technology and education, transport and logistics, agribusiness, government and the military. “Cybersecurity has gained, in the last two years, a prominent role in the business plans of any company. At this point, we can assess that the Covid-19 pandemic has driven growth. What was once considered secondary in budget planning has become a priority. This is because, even with the resumption of face-to-face, work and many other remote activities incorporated into people's daily lives will be maintained. What would take 5 to 10 years to happen ended up being implemented in just 1 year. It is certainly a path of no return, still driven by the digitalization of systems”, assures Marcelo Branquinho.

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