Secure router safeguards industrial applications

Secure router safeguards industrial applications

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By Nick Flaherty

Moxa is to launch an all-in-one secure router to protect industrial networks at the SPS show in Germany next month.

The EDR-G9010 Series firewall/NAT/VPN/switch/router provides security for smart manufacturing and critical infrastructure such as power substations, intelligent transportation systems and oil and gas sites.

With more and more cybersecurity incidents occurring in operational technology (OT) systems, there is a key focus on both security and keeping operations functioning smoothly. Thee router has eight ports for TX GbE and two for fibre-based SFP GbE as well as comprehensive redundancy mechanisms, including Turbo Ring and VRRP and the options of a wide operating temperature of -40 to 75°C.

“With the launch of the new EDR-G9010 Series, Moxa brings a tailor-made network security solution for OT environments,” said Kevin Huang, Product Manager at Moxa Networking.

“We recommend our customers to use the EDR-G9010 Series industrial secure routers to segment their networks as a first line of defence and prevent threats from propagating to the rest of the network,” he said. “Furthermore, users can leverage its advanced OT Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology, firewall, NAT, and VPN features to achieve multi-layered security. Last but not least, the 10-port Gigabit performance, faster boot time, and Layer 2/Layer 3 redundancy help ensure the availability of industrial networks. The EDR-G9010 Series combines all these powerful functions into a single compact, rugged, industry-certified industrial secure router. Overall, the EDR-G9010 series will be Moxa’s future proof secure routing platform, with additional capabilities being added over time.”

Within one field site, the EDR-G9010 Series industrial secure routers can help build a security boundary by segmenting OT and IT networks and feature advanced DPI technology to give users more granular control over network traffic by filtering industrial protocols based on the requirements of the application.

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Moxa will continuously extend the DPI protocol coverage. Starting with Modbus TCP/UDP and DNP3 Moxa will add specifically power market related protocols in 2022.

When remote connections across multiple sites are needed, the EDR-G9010 Series’ embedded IPsec VPN ensures safe industrial network communication channels when accessing the private network from the public Internet.

The platform can also run an Intrusion Prevention Module which will safely block ransomware, malware, viruses and other cybersecurity threats in OT networks. This signature-based scanning technology will move traffic filtering and asset visibility in OT networks to an unprecedented level.
This module is licensed on demand and will be available by mid of 2022.

The EDR-G9010 Series is certified for IEC 61850-3/IEEE 1613, NEMA TS2, ATEX Zone 2, and Class I Division 2. THe hardware and software has been developed with Moxa’s IEC-62443-4-1 certified process and is ready to meet the IEC-62443-4-2 requirements up to Security Level 2.

To enhance network security visibility, the EDR-G9010 Series is also compatible with Moxa’s MXview network management software. With MXview, users can e.g., visualize the achieved security level of IEC-62443 ready Moxa devices, perform regular configurations backups, and have an at-a-glance overview of the network’s performance.

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