A thousand VPN tunnels

02 May 2009

It was exactly one year ago, at Hannover Messe 2008, that Phoenix Contact announced it had purchased the Berlin security company, Innominate. This year Innominate had a stand in Hall 9, next to the vast Phoenix Contact stand, and new products to show fair visitors.

Dr. Lutz Jänicke Innominate’s CTO
Dr. Lutz Jänicke Innominate’s CTO

Dr. Lutz Jänicke (photo), Innominate’s chief technical officer, was on had to show the company’s new firewall and VPN products.

Innominate’s specialty is protection of networks, and they have a portfolio of firewalls and VPN gateways for the industrial world. Of particular interest to many machine builders is Innominate’s method to provide secure remote diagnosis and maintenance of machinery and equipment over the Internet. With its mGuard product line of network security appliances, the company offers router, firewaqll, VPN, QoS, and intrusion detection.

mGuard has expanded, from protecting a few machines to hundreds of machines with the modular ‘blade’ version of the product.

Machine builders now want their maintenance personnel to connect with many machines simultaneously, so the company launched at Hannover Messe a new high-end gateway called mGuard Centerport. It allows up to 1,000 VPNs, delivering more than 300 MBit/s of encrypted data throughput to secured remote services such as remote assistance, diagnosis, maintenance, and condition monitoring.

mGuard centerport was launched with a major release of the mGuard firmware 7.0, which offers multi-platform support for the first time. Besides the Intel IXP network processor traditionally supported by Innominate, this firmware version is now available in security appliances and for embedded security OEM solutions based on CPUs with Intel x86 and PowerPC architectures.

A further novelty is the firmware extension mGuard CIFS Integrity Monitoring for the surveillance of CIFS file systems - better known as Windows file shares - against malware infestation. With its integrity checking function und antivirus scan connector, the company has an alternative to conventional antivirus solutions which can be used to protect Windows-based automation components.

Interested readers can look for a new white paper, “Hacking the Industrial Network,” on Innominate’s web site www.innominate.com or click on the "related articles" link below.

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