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Product News: Device-level cybersecurity for building networks

June 21, 2022
Promises to help eliminate cyber-vulnerabilities in building-management systems.
Advantech and Veridify Securityhave announced the release of a device-level cybersecurity solution for new and existing building networks. Supported by the latest in Intel CPU technology, the end-to-end solution will be available through Arrow Electronics.

This zero-trust solution is based on Veridify’s DOME platform, utilizing Advantech devices with Intel CPU technology to monitor new and existing building systems.

"Device-level cybersecurity using a zero-trust model is the only way to stop cyber-attacks before they happen and protect critical operational infrastructure in buildings," said Louis Parks, CEO of Veridify Security. "We are excited to work with Advantech and Arrow Electronics to offer a complete cyber solution that addresses real-time protection for new and existing systems."

A key element of Veridify’s cybersecurity solution is its DOME Sentry, a standalone hardware device placed at the edge of a building network to protect an installed device or system. DOME Sentries feature zero-touch onboarding for fast and easy installation in front of a building device and provide authentication and data protection. In addition to the DOME Sentry, Veridify’s DOME Interface Appliance (DIA) manages all onboarding, security credentials, and data logging within a building or campus. Powering the DIA is an Advantech industrial controller, the UNO-2271G-V2, which leverages Intel’s Elkhart Lake dual-core CPU.

“Without proper security measures through industrial hardware and software, connections to OT networks can pose a vital threat to internal systems,” said Carolyn Swan, director of IoT Partnerships, Advantech IIoT Group. “These attacks can wreak havoc on building systems. Advantech’s industrial UNO-2271G-V2 Edge IoT Gateway, with the latest in Intel CPU technology, allows the DOME solution to implement real-time monitoring and accurate data collection. We saw a great collaboration opportunity to lean on the cybersecurity expertise of Veridify Security to help design a complete, end- to-end cybersecurity solution. Additionally, Arrow Electronics’ specialty in intelligent solution distribution will allow customers to acquire, test, and deploy the solution at scale.”

The UNO-2271G-V2 Edge IoT Gateway includes the following features:

●            Intel Elkhart Lake Celeron Dual core N6210

●            4GB/8GB DDR4 onboard memory

●            Compact, robust, fan-less, and cable-free system with high stability

●            Operating temperature -20 ~ 60°C / -4 ~ 140°F for deployment in industrial environments

●            Modular design offers optimized basic unit with 2 x GbE, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1, 1 x HDMI 1.4

●            Optional second stack for increased functionality including PoE, COM, wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular LTE), or more than 20 additional I/O options via Advantech iDoor expansions

●            Built-in TPM2.0 for hardware-based security

The full DOME solution protects a building’s management system right to the edge using existing network protocols, such as BACnet, its makers note. The system provides zero-touch onboarding to reduce time and errors from manual provisioning; a blockchain pedigree helps ensure only authorized controllers and other devices at the edge can issue commands; and a low-cost security gateway used to retrofit security for existing, deployed devices. It is also crypto-agile, supporting legacy and quantum-resistant security and safeguarding customers’ investments with long lifecycle protection, its makers claim.

Learn more about the solution here.