Strategic Industrial Data Communications Security Partnership Announced by Westermo and Eviden

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ByChantal Polsonetti
Acquisition or Partnership

Westermo Network Technologies, an industrial data communications specialist, and Eviden, a European provider of Managed Security Services (MSS), have announced their partnership to develop high-level security solutions using crypto-agile operational technology (OT) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices for securing critical data communication in railway systems. 

First Project to Develop Crypto-agile Switch Range

The two companies are launching a joint development project in Germany in which managed industrial gigabit Ethernet Industrial Data Communications Securityswitches from Westermo's Lynx 3510 series will be equipped with pluggable hardware security modules (HSM) from Eviden. Special crypto software installed on micro-SD memory cards will add an additional layer of security to the switches, while also preparing them for future cyber threat scenarios. Through this partnership, Westermo and Eviden are responding to the growing demand for crypto-agile solutions in the railway sector and other industries. Rail industry certification of the first joint product is expected by the end of 2023.

Westermo's latest generation of Ethernet switches offers additional hardware support for protecting critical data. In highly interconnected systems, this enables the secure exchange of sensitive information through end-to-end encryption. In times of constantly changing threats, the solutions are designed to offer rapid adaptability to ward off cyber-attacks and protect the investments of critical infrastructure operators.

ARC is currently updating our market-leading analysis of the industrial Ethernet switch marketplace.  Find out more about ARC’s coverage of Digital Transformation at the Industrial IoT edge here, and more about our dedicated industrial cybersecurity practice here.

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