Trend Micro announces security solution for smart factories

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The new solution is a transparent intrusion prevention system (IPS) for continuous production line operation.

Trend Micro announced a first of its kind intent-based industrial intelligent IPS array for industrial environments. The system is designed to protect large-scale industrial networks from critical attacks whilst reducing OPEX and CAPEX.

With the continuing rise of the industrial internet of things (IIoT), industrial operators are realizing the benefits afforded by the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).

This convergence has brought productivity benefits, but also increased cybersecurity risks. The result is that smart factories are more prone to such threats as malware infection and unauthorized access.

Goal: increased security that supports increased productivity

Manufacturers need to find a network security solution which can support the business goal of improving productivity while maintaining overall security and threat prevention.

TXOne Networks, an IoT joint venture between Trend Micro and Taipei-based Moxa, developed EdgeIPS. The solution is part of Trend Micro’s extensive smart factory security suite. This suite covers every layer, from comprehensive perimeters for the cloud to supervisory control and control layers.

“As we face an ever-changing digital landscape, the successful convergence of IT and OT is now critical to business,” said Akihiko Omikawa, executive vice president of IoT security for Trend Micro and chairman of TXOne Networks.

“Adding EdgeIPS Pro as an integral part of Trend Micro’s Smart Factory Security Solution is a milestone for protecting large-scale industrial networks on the shop floor. The IT-friendly deployment and management allows organizations to continue running operations while keeping serious threats at bay.”

Intelligent and efficient network segmentation

EdgeIPS features TXOne’s one-pass Deep Packet Inspection (TXODI™) technology. This enables network segmentation capabilities by firewall/IPS/protocol filter capability with deeper and wider industrial network protocol support. There is no need to change network configuration settings of existing assets.

“The lack of network segmentation to stop malware propagation is the most common issue in the control network layer and a real challenge for ICS environments as they require deeper and wider industrial network protocol support,” said Dr. Terence Liu, General Manager for TXOne Networks.

EdgeIPS allows network admins to organise network segmentation in accordance with actual business objectives, according to Liu.

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