Power firm adds new cybersecurity certifications

13 February 2020

Power management firm Eaton has added two new technologies to its cybersecurity program with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) cybersecurity certifications for its Gigabit Network Card and Industrial Gateway Card.

These products also comply with UL cybersecurity standards to provide advanced network protection for UPS connectivity devices. Eaton said it is the first in its industry to achieve dual certifications for rigorous IEC and UL product certifications. 

The Gigabit Network Card was the first UPS network connectivity device to meet the UL standard.

Now, the Gigabit Network Card and Industrial Gateway Card are also certified to the IEC 62443-4-2 standard. The technologies are designed to make it simple to connect single-phase and three-phase UPSs, while providing cybersecurity protections for always-on power in commercial buildings, industrial facilities and large data centres.

“Today’s data centres, at the edge as well as at the core, need real-time monitoring and control to improve business continuity and automate remediation of pending issues,”

Eric Rueda, Eaton’s line manager for software products and connectivity, power quality, EMEA told Networking+. “However, they also need confidence that the connected devices installed in their critical systems will ensure the highest level of protection against emerging cybersecurity threats. For years, Eaton has maintained strict procedures at every stage of the product development and sustaining processes. This cybersecurity strategy has paved the way for our Gigabit Network Card to become first of its kind to achieve both rigorous IEC and UL product certifications.”

Analysts have indicated that by 2025, 41.6 billion connected devices will be generating 79.4 zettabytes of data that need to be maintained and processed. The growth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) creates a crucial need for security. Without global cybersecurity standards, IIoT cybersecurity requirements are difficult to manage.