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Belden Helps Schneider Electric Secure Critical Industrial Infrastructure

Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, announces that Schneider Electric has selected its Tofino Security technology to protect its industrial automation systems. The new ConneXium Tofino Security Solution is a suite of products that hardens industrial systems against network incidents and cyberattacks, improving operational security, reliability and performance.

In the last decade, industrial automation systems have been increasingly linked to business systems as organizations look to work smarter and more efficiently. Legacy industrial communication systems originally designed to work only within facility walls are now a hub of information activity, with intelligence passing back and forth between the plant floor and, when necessary, the outside world. At the same time, the cyber threat level for critical infrastructure, especially threats aimed at energy, water and transportation systems, has increased dramatically.

“Processors and manufacturers are continuously threatened by new and increasingly dangerous cyberattacks, which require greater vigilance and security,” said Dave Doggett, program director for Industry Cyber Security at Schneider Electric. “The ConneXium Tofino Industrial Security Solution provides a key element in mitigating risks by managing the traffic to and from Schneider Electric automation devices before patches are applied or new more secure products deployed.”

“In addition this capability can be used to enforce plant procedure by blocking inappropriate programming commands to devices, preventing mistakes. By collaborating with the experts at Tofino Security, we are able to provide our customers with an easy-to-deploy industrial grade firewall that works seamlessly with our systems.”

The core of the new product line is the ConneXium Tofino Firewall, a rugged security appliance. By inspecting each network message that passes through it, the firewall can ensure that only the right network messages from the right computers can be sent to critical controllers. Hacking attempts, deliberately corrupted messages and even network traffic storms are stopped dead by the ConneXium Tofino Firewall.

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