Press Releases

AlphaGuardian Networks Acquires 3 Key Secure Communications Patents

San Ramon, CA June 8, 2016. AlphaGuardian Networks, LLC, the leader in Operational Technology Security Compliance, announced that it has acquired 3 key patents from the venerable Green Plug, LLC portfolio. Bob Hunter, CEO of AlphaGuardian, made the announcement today: “We are pleased to have acquired 3 key patents of the Green Plug portfolio. Green Plug was far ahead of its time in its Intellectual Property surrounding the secure communications for electrical systems. These patents have been highly sought out by some of the largest players in the field and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have made the acquisition. AlphaGuardian has 2 patents of its own pending and this adds even more value to the equation.”

AlphaGurdian is the leader in Operational Technology Security Compliance. Operational Technology (OT) is the electrical and mechanical infrastructure on which every commercial and government building operates. While many focus on Information Technology (IT) security for HIPAA, PCI-DSS, SOX, Gramm Leach Bliley, FERPA and others, most miss the fact that OT systems at sites covered under these regulations must also be secured. A hacker can easily use access to an OT system to bring down operations at a facility or to act as a backdoor to the IT network and its confidential information. AlphaGuardian offers the CyberGuardian system to protect electrical rooms and power systems and the company offers RackGuardian to protect IDF and MDF rooms within a building. Additional information is available at

AlphaGuardian’s Chet Sandberg to Give Keynote Speech to the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

San Ramon, CA February 8, 2016. AlphaGuardian Networks, LLC, the leader in Operational Technology Security Compliance, announced that its Chief Technology Strategist, Chet Sandberg, will be the Keynote Speaker at the IEEE/IAS Annual Seminar to be held in Pleasanton California. The seminar runs from 8:00 to 5:00 on Friday, February 26th and will be held at the Pleasanton Double Tree Hotel. Over 200 engineers are expected to attend. Chet Sandberg holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. He holds PE designations in both fields and has been awarded the highest honor of the IEEE, as a designation of: “IEEE Fellow”.

AlphaGuardian is a pioneer in the field of Operational Technology (OT) Security. Operational Technology includes all electrical infrastructure within a facility from switchgear and power panels to uninterruptible power supplies and generators to lighting systems and cooling units. OT systems use Modbus and other legacy protocols that do not meet the requirements of security standards such as HIPAA, PCI-DSS, SOX, Gramm Leach Bliley, FERPA and others. Cyber hackers can use vulnerabilities in legacy OT protocols to attack these systems or to use them as a backdoor to attack IT networks. AlphaGuardian solves this problem with its CyberGuardian secure infrastructure management system. CyberGuardian drops into an existing Building Management System (BMS) network to provide the security that brings all OT systems into compliance with applicable security standards.

CyberGuardian works by blocking all incoming communications to OT systems while it gathers information from these systems and sends that information to the BMS. CyberGuardian separates the critical OT infrastructure devices from their data, creating a Cyber-Safe zone for the OT systems and creating a place of the BMS to gather its data from virtual devices instead of the actual OT systems. Additional information is available at

AlphaGuardian Selected as Keynote Speaker at IEEE Symposium

AlphaGuardian Networks CTO selected as IEEE Symposium Keynote Speaker

San Ramon, California February 16, 2016

AlphaGuardian Networks announced that Chet Sandberg, the Chief Technology Officer of the company, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming IEEE Symposium in Pleasanton, California. Mr. Sandberg is an IEEF Fellow and holds two Engineering Certifications and is a graduate of Standford and MIT. He will be speaking on the topic of Security for Industrial Networks. His presentation will include the latest updates on cyber and physical attacks on power and environmental infrastructure systems in both large and small sites throughout the US.

The IEEE Symposium will be held at the Pleasonton Hilton on February 26, 2016.  Click here for tickets

About AlphaGuardian Networks
AlphaGuardian is the first company to provide a completely secure system for managing power and environmental infrastructure systems. This includes UPS, PDU, rectifier, inverter, chiller, fan and pump systems. All of the communications for these systems has been shown to be hackable by even amateur hackers. AlphaGuardian provides the CyberGuardian product to protect any larger infrastructure system and the RackGuardian system to secure all sever or telecom rack infrastructure.

Bob Hunter
AlphaGuardian Networks
(925) 421-0030

Press Coverage

Rave Publications: Who’s Guarding the Back Door of Your Network?
As I have written about on many occasions in this column, the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly becoming the norm allowing for greater facilities flexibility, accessibility, and sustainability. The Information Communications Technology (ICT) industry is leading the IoT charge by connecting everything from audiovisual devices, security systems, and other telcom networks into network enabled building systems such as HVAC, lighting and electrical.

Datacenter Journal: Welcome, The Back Door is Open: Cyber Security Threat Analysis
Failure of power and cooling systems remains the largest cited cause of unintended data center downtime. While the root causes may vary, it should be undisputed that improved control and monitoring is instrumental in supporting the goal of reduced downtime. Advances in technology, global market competition, and adoption of open protocol solutions have dramatically reduced the cost of monitoring. The result is cost effective monitoring capabilities that provide powerful information for improved data center operation. However, if not carefully architected, these solutions can also provide an unintended backdoor into your secured information technology (IT) environment.

Mission Critical: Security Audit Compliance For Data Centers
What you don’t know can hurt you. Managing a data center is becoming an increasingly multifaceted job.

Analyst Coverage

451 Research: AlphaGuardian Networks: standing watch in the datacenter
Analyst: Chuck Whitney 6 Mar, 2015 ~ Trusting simple password and firewall protections is proving to not be enough as cyber attacks involving datacenter infrastructure increase. AlphaGuardian offers two product lines that it believes are essential to safeguarding datacenters from cyber attacks.

White Papers

Cyber Security Primer for Legacy Process Plant Operation
The military has identified five “domains” for defense. The original three, land, sea and air are now joined by space and cyber. Cyber is an entirely new domain with increasingly different and challenging issues.

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Regulations For Tenant Sub Metering
Commercial building energy efficiency regulations are a primary focus for the US Department of Energy and the energy agencies of individual states.

An Ecosystem for Managing and Protecting The Internet of Things
News stories about security breaches in large companies are nearly daily occurrences in the past year. In fact, security problems are occurring with such frequency that people may become somewhat…