New EDR-810 Firmware Lets Network Administrators Implement Firewall Security Without Time-Consuming Re-Configuring of Network Subnets
Moxa, a global innovator in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced a free firmware update for its EDR-810 industrial 10-port (including 2 Gigabit ports) secure router. The new firmware makes the already advanced, simple-to-deploy unit even more useful with new support for transparent (bridge mode) firewall functionality and the providing of real-time event notification.
Richard Wood, Moxa’s Product Marketing Manager for Industrial Ethernet Infrastructure, explains: “The addition of transparent firewall support allows forward-thinking network administrators to introduce firewall protection to critical equipment in automation networks and to perform deep packet inspection on incoming data without the need for configuring separate subnets. It is like a set in place security appliance.”
Over the past five years, industrial automation networks have become more interconnected and network security is now an extremely high priority. Deploying a transparent firewall configuration is valuable when downtime makes it impossible for an industrial automation network to be reconfigured.
To monitor industrial networks more efficiently, the firmware upgrade also includes comprehensive VPN/firewall/DoS (Denial of Service) event logs and SNMP traps for real-time event notification or historical analysis. This feature generates an audit trail of messages to help determine what types of traffic have been permitted or denied on the network, or which users have accessed various network resources.
Moxa EDR-810 Secure Router
The Moxa EDR-810 is a highly integrated industrial multiport secure router with Firewall/NAT/VPN and managed Layer 2 switch functions. It is designed for Ethernet security applications in sensitive remote control or monitoring networks, and provides an electronic security perimeter for the protection of critical cyber assets such as pumping/treatment systems in water stations, DCS systems in oil and gas applications, and PLC/SCADA systems in factory automation.
The EDR-810’s “WAN Routing Quick Setting” provides an easy 4-step method for users to set up WAN and LAN ports to create a routing function. The “Quick Automation Profile” function gives engineers a simple way to configure the firewall filtering function with general automation protocols, including EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, EtherCAT, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, and PROFINET. Users can easily create a secure Ethernet network from a user-friendly web UI with a single click, and the EDR-810 is capable of performing deep Modbus TCP packet inspection. Wide temperature models that operate reliably in hazardous, -40 to 75°C environments, are also available.
The free EDR-810 firmware is available on Moxa’s website at http://www.moxa.com/support/sarch_result.aspx?type=soft&prod_id=920&type_id=4.