NEXCOM Industrial Firewall Secures Plant Operations with Strengthened Endpoint Protection

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NEXCOM's latest industrial firewall platform helps manage security risks associated with Industrial Internet of Things.

Network Communication DNA 1510
Industrial networks must be tightly secured, allowing only authorized traffic to pass while holding unsolicited connection attempts at bay.

NEXCOM has unveiled the industrial firewall platform DNA 1510, based on Cavium OCTEON® III CN7010 processor, to help manage security risks coming with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In harsh environments, the industrially hardened DNA 1510 provides close and strict protection for industrial machinery and control systems, reliably guarding industrial networks from both external intruders and internal threats.

“IIoT opens up tremendous opportunities for optimizing plant operations. By connecting once-standalone equipment and machinery to industrial networks, manufacturers can have an overall view of plant activities to make timely adjustments. Therefore, industrial networks must be tightly secured, allowing only authorized traffic to pass while holding unsolicited connection attempts at bay. To counter security menaces, NEXCOM has designed the DNA 1510 with performance and ruggedness to impose endpoint protection on plant floors,” said Hadwin Liu, Chief Architect of NEXCOM Network and Communication Solutions Business Group.

To strengthen the implementation and enforcement of security policies, the industrial firewall platform DNA 1510 is equipped with dedicated hardware acceleration engines to handle networking and security workload. With enhancements in networking, load balancing, quality of service (QoS), deep packet inspection (DPI), and cryptography, the DNA 1510 can filter traffic based on granular rules.

Depending on application needs, the DNA 1510 can stop packets sent from illegitimate IP addresses from moving forward, restrict external accesses to demilitarized zones (DMZ), and detect and intercept suspicious messages encapsulated in common packets. The DNA 1510 can also connect remote workers with encrypted communication channels, reducing the risk of data eavesdropping and tampering during transfer.

With respect to operating conditions where industrial machinery and control systems are operated, the DNA 1510 is designed in accordance with IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613 standards to stand up to the challenges in power station and substation environments. For instance, the industrial firewall has electromagnetic interference (EMI) protection and supports an extended temperature range of -40 to 75 degrees Celsius and flexible power supply from 12V to 72VDC.

While the industrial Ethernet has become mainstream, attacks against industrial control systems have doubled from 2013 to 2014, according to Dell’s Annual Threat Report. Mitigating security risks is as important as increasing operational efficiency when deploying IIoT and thus requires industrial firewalls.

About NEXCOM: Founded in 1992, NEXCOM integrates its capabilities and operates six global businesses, which are Multi-Media Solutions, Mobile Computing Solutions, IoT Automation Solutions, Network and Communication Solutions, Intelligent Digital Security, and Medical and Healthcare Informatics. NEXCOM serves its customers worldwide through its subsidiaries in five major industrial countries. Under the IoT megatrend, NEXCOM expands its offerings with solutions in emerging applications including IoT, robotics, connected cars, Industry 4.0, and industrial security.

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