Windows XP based Industrial Automation Systems at Risk after April 2014
New Windows XP vulnerabilities continue to be identified. By early July, Microsoft had released 31 Windows XP relevant security updates in 2013, 18 of them classified as critical, following 25 critical out of a 39 total updates in 2012.
While the obvious solution might be to upgrade to a newer operating system, this may involve significant costs and interruptions. Software upgrades within an operating production network commonly encounter unintended and unanticipated consequences.
A simpler, less expensive solution has already proven successful in the automotive industry and on automated production networks using older systems from Windows 95 to Windows 2000. This solution utilizes distributed security appliances based on Innominate's mGuard technology to protect non-patchable legacy systems on the network, installed by ordinary technicians without interrupting production, configured and launched easily from a central server console. The resulting advantage is a low-cost hardening of these systems by a simple and transparent installation of plug-and-play modules wherever required.
With mGuard Integrity Monitoring, Innominate offers an award-winning, industry suitable solution to protect Windows-based automation components against malware infestation. To achieve this, mGuard Integrity Monitoring supervises file systems against unexpected modifications or additions to programs, dynamic link libraries, and other executable code without utilizing virus patterns - thus eliminating the need for their permanent update. This innovation can even detect damages from zero day exploits for which virus patterns don't even exist yet.
The clock is ticking, and there may not be adequate time for the planning, preparation and sweeping implementation of a new operating system. But there are proven security products available to provide cost-effective protection for industrial networks and equipment.
Complete information on these products is available at www.innominate.com.
A statement from Microsoft on the risks of continued, unprotected operation of Windows XP can be found here.
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PHOENIX CONTACT Cyber Security AG
Innominate, a Phoenix Contact Company, is a leading supplier of components and solutions for controlled and secured communication in industrial networks. The German company specializes in the protection of networked industrial systems and the secure remote maintenance of machinery and equipment over the Internet. The Innominate mGuard product line of network security appliances provides router, firewall, virtual private network (VPN), as well as quality of service (QoS) functionalities and helps with intrusion detection and antivirus protection. The mGuard portfolio is complemented by a highly scalable device management software and a cloud-based remote services portal. Innominate products are marketed worldwide under the mGuard brand through system integrators and OEM partners.
Further information can be found at www.innominate.com
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