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TXOne Networks Unveils First Industrial Cybersecurity Product

TXOne Networks, a joint venture between cybersecurity firm Trend Micro and industrial networking solutions provider Moxa, this week unveiled its first product, an industrial intrusion prevention system (IPS).

Trend Micro and Moxa announced the launch of TXOne Networks in November 2018. The new company focuses on industrial internet of things (IIoT) security and it will offer gateways, endpoint agents and network segmentation solutions designed to help organizations secure, control and monitor equipment and operational technology (OT).

TXOne productTXOne Networks on Wednesday announced that it’s showcasing the beta version of its first product, an industrial IPS, at Hannover Messe, a trade show for industrial technology taking place this week in Germany.

According to the company, the product includes virtual patching capabilities designed to protect vulnerable OT devices, detection and blocking mechanisms for worm-style threats, and protocol whitelisting controls for APT and denial-of-service (DoS) attacks that may exploit legacy equipment lacking proper authentication.

The software, which can be managed from a central console, runs on industrial-grade hardware designed to withstand significant temperature fluctuations, TXOne said.

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“In five short months since formalizing our industrial security joint venture, we are happy to show-off our solution for tackling security weaknesses prevalent across industrial environments,” said Eva Chen, CEO of Trend Micro. “We listened to the needs of both leading manufactures and critical infrastructures operators then harvested the best intellectual property existing within the partner companies. The result is a customized answer that goes beyond traditional security tools to mitigate the complex challenges.”

Trend Micro, which is the majority partner in TXOne, has conducted several studies on the threats faced by industrial organizations. The company’s most recent reports focus on the risks associated with machine-to-machine (M2M) protocols, long equipment life cycles in the manufacturing industry, internet-exposed HMIs, and the use of old RF protocols.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.