updated 6/23/2011 12:47:19 PM ET 2011-06-23T16:47:19

HOUSTON, June 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Covisint, a Compuware (Nasdaq:CPWR) company, today announced that Kevin Wagner, its Director for Energy, will present solutions on many of the complex cyber security issues facing the energy industry at the Oil and Gas Cyber Security Summit in Houston. In the June 27, 2011, presentation, titled: "What Oil and Gas Companies Must Do to Avert a WikiLeak Disaster or Night Dragon Attack," Covisint's Wagner will demonstrate how to provide secure access to information and applications across the extended workforces typically relied upon by oil and gas industry companies.

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Wagner--with more than 30 years of oil and gas expertise--will tell attendees specifically how to:

  • avoid embarrassing and costly security breaches that make international news;
  • proactively monitor usage and identify abusers;
  • centralize the security process across extended organizations; and, among other things,
  • leverage security lessons learned from other industries, including healthcare and manufacturing.

The oil and gas industry uses many contract employees, joint ventures and business partnerships--a structure that creates highly complex identity management challenges. In particular, managing access to confidential applications and data outside of the enterprise in this cloud-computing era can leave organizations vulnerable to identity-driven cyber-crime challenges, such as the recent and highly visible WikiLeaks incidents and Night Dragon attacks. These factors are collectively driving an increased need for secure and remote access to confidential applications and data from a trusted, independent third-party, such as Covisint.

"In this complex cloud-computing age, trust can only be enabled by the proper identity management strategies for secure access to information and applications," said Wagner. "Covisint has more experience in more industries than any other company in managing this complexity. Attendees will have a great opportunity to gain from the lessons we've learned over the past decade--equipping them with many tools, techniques and strategies to thwart cyber criminals in oil and gas."

Covisint previously published whitepapers on similar topics--including 1) protecting against Night Dragon-style cyber attacks and on 2) cloud-based identity management for extended workforces. Both papers are available at energy.covisint.com.

As a pioneer in cloud computing and hosted identity management solutions, Covisint enables customers to simply and securely access relevant information and applications while also managing digital identities. Covisint enables this access via a single digital identity and sign-on across virtually any combination of internal and external systems and end user groups.

Covisint, a Compuware Company

Covisint, a Compuware company, enables information ecosystems that quickly revolutionize organizations by providing secure communication and collaboration between people and systems in remarkably simple ways. Covisint is a recognized cloud computing pioneer driving the on-demand revolution that helps organizations connect, communicate and collaborate with their partners--enabling anywhere, anytime information. The Covisint ExchangeLink ™ platform provides industry-specific services for identity management, collaborative portals and data exchange, as well as a third-party application marketplace. Learn more at www.covisint.com .

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