Digital transformation is an inevitable part of modern businesses. Data is at the core of this transformation. OT data from edge devices, such are sensors, is collected and processed locally on in cloud applications to gain valuable insights that help optimize overall efficiency and management of businesses. As the scale of the OT data grows with many businesses adopting a distributed edge computing approach, securing the data and edge devices against cyberattacks is more important than ever.
Defending Against Cyberattacks and Protecting Sensitive Data
The large-scale deployment of distributed devices and edge computers has increased the risk of unauthorized access and cyberattacks. As cyberattacks are evolving, with critical infrastructure targeted more frequently, the risk of data theft and disruption of operations have increased. There is an urgent need to protect OT data and systems. Businesses must adopt a multipronged approach to security to minimize the risk of threats to their edge devices and systems, failing which, they are looking at potential damage to their business operations and theft of sensitive data.
All-in-one Security for Operational Data and Systems
Today, securing operational data and systems from threats requires hardware, software, and breach-resistant security measures. Physically securing end devices is very important but may not be feasible, especially in remote locations. Additional security measures are required to fully secure your data and devices. Secure Boot, a built-in security mechanism, ensures the edge computers boot only from a validated and authorized bootloader and operating system. Full disk encryption, mainly used to prevent the exposure of sensitive and confidential data from the stolen hard disk, should be considered as well. Incorporating all these elements ensures comprehensive protection of edge devices from most types of threats.
Moxa’s Partnership With Intel for an All-in-one Secure Computing Platform
Moxa provides an all-in-one solution designed with security features to match the cybersecurity framework and keep OT data secure. Our V2406C Series rail computers come with Intel® Boot Guard, Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT), Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) hardware-enabled security. In addition, Secure Boot and full disk encryption further strengthen security on the software side with the adoption of TPM 2.0 as the hardware Root of Trust. Moxa Industrial Linux 2 (MIL2) reinforces the security measures and helps meet the component requirements of the IEC 62443-3-3 system security standard.
For details, check out the whitepaper from Moxa and Intel.