The Technological Side of Cybersecurity
Spotlight - Mon, 10/05/2020 - 10:07

The Technological Side of Cybersecurity

With IT/OT convergence on the horizon for Mexico’s industries and their worksites, cybersecurity hardware is now more important than ever.
Mon, 10/05/2020 - 10:07
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More and more experts have come to this conclusion: the question of a possible cyberattack is no longer a matter of “if,” but “when.” Companies need to plan accordingly to avoid an unfortunate event. 

For the most part, cybersecurity is a matter of protocols. Establishing strict guidelines for the transfer and sharing of data is considered an essential shield against ransomware attacks. However, cybersecurity in industrial contexts and at worksites requires the correct choice of technological components. As the convergence between IT and OT becomes increasingly relevant to achieving the IoT and automation applications that many companies seek (along with an increase in productivity they can generate), cybersecurity hardware such as industrial firewalls need to be technologically advanced and updated to meet the strenuous operational needs of clients.  

In the face of such stark facts, Belden, through its globally renowned Hirschmann brand of product lines, continues to hold up its EAGLE40 Next-Generation Firewalls as the gold standard for mitigating cyber-risks without sacrificing performance standards. With the 2020 launch of both the EAGLE40-03 and the EAGLE40-07 (distinguished by their varying number of Gigabit Ethernet Ports), Belden continues to be on the forefront of industrial cybersecurity solutions for demanding and rugged industrial environments. 

The Hirschmann EAGLE40 firewall line was specifically designed to meet the critical demands of industrial and process automation environments. Evolving alongside data transfer demands, the EAGLE40 includes more port options that have increased bandwidth and encryption capabilities. Supporting both OSPF dynamic routing and VRRP router redundancy, the device is an economically sound approach to maximize uptime, regardless of network throughput.

The industrial firewall comes with the advantages offered by Hirschmann products, such as the incorporation of the Hirschmann Security Operating System (HiSecOS) and DPI modules, to offer a customizable and around-the-clock reliability that meets any client’s unique cybersecurity demands related to infrastructure assets. Thanks to continuous software upgrades, more protocols and advanced intrusion detection capabilities also will be added in the future. This makes the versatile and highly configurable firewall especially ideal across OT teams with various experience levels and skillsets.

The rugged industrial environments that the EAGLE40’s convection-cooled metal housing and extensive operating temperature range can withstand include the most extreme examples, such as oil and gas worksites or wastewater facilities. Its durability is backed up by robust industry approvals and infrastructure compliance standards. At the same time, its elevated technological standards in terms of bandwidth and data encryption support also make the EAGLE40 an ideal firewall solution within all machine building and general manufacturing settings, as well as for use across a variety of security networks. 


Belden is a global supplier of cabling products, industrial networking switches, cybersecurity and solutions that ensure data connectivity in a wide variety of industrial sectors and work environments, including oil and gas.  

Photo by:   Belden Hirschmann

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