OT tech. cybersecurity

Global Operation Technology (OT) cybersecurity solutions provider, NextNine, has been selected as the best global provider of security products and solutions for manufacturing industries.

The gold winner award was presented to NextNine by Infosecurity Products Guide in their 2016 Global Excellence Awards.

In a press statement, NextNine said the award recognises success of firms' OT cybersecurity management solution for SCADA/ICS environments used by manufacturing and critical infrastructure enterprises.

[quote]To date, the US headquartered OT cybersecurity provider has over 6,000 installations globally in the oil and gas, mining, refining, chemicals, food and energy industries.

The award was determined by over 50 judges from various industry sectors.

Shmulik Aran, NextNine CEO said: “Manufacturing and critical infrastructure enterprise leaders are aware of the growing risk their operation technology faces and the effort required to comply with internal and external OT security policy and regulation.”

Aran said he sees the recognition due to NextNine’s ability to provide OT owners with a cost effective solution to protect their distributed cyber assets.

NextNine claims its cybersecurity solution provides IT managers a secure outbound connectivity between remote sites and the headquarters, while at the same time allowing them a complete record through discovery of all assets and their configurations for secure operations.

The solution provides patching and antivirus updates, violation alarms as well as compliance reporting.

Industrial Internet of Things solutions development

The news came at a time when technology providers continue to merge in a bid to further development of IoT solutions to better operations of various sectors including, manufacturing, energy and transportation.

Last week, global integrated solutions provider, National Instrument (NI), announced a partnership with the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and various other technology companies.

In a press statement, the US-based NI, said its partnership with the IIC, Bosch Rexroth, Cisco, Intel, KUKA, Schneider Electric and TTTech, is aiming to advance the network infrastructure for future Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and Industry 4.0 applications.

The collaboration allowed the development of a Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) testbed for displaying the value of new Ethernet IEEE 802 standards in an ecosystem of manufacturing applications.The TSN, which NI claims is the world's first, will allow integration of multiple IoT solutions for the development of improved IIoT solutions giving designers and users enhanced access to smart edge devices.Christian Schloegel, chief technology officer of the KUKA group said: "We view TSN, combined with OPC UA Publish/Subscribe, as a core element to implement Industry 4.0 standards.”

Bosch Rexroth also wrote: "Standardised and open communication is a key feature in development of control automation solutions.

"...the testbed is a very important contribution for further improvement of vendor interoperability and of exchanging data in an IIoT infrastructure.”