Case Study

Enhancing Cybersecurity for a Data Center

  • Application Power Monitoring
  • Industry Power 
  • Region USA

Introduction

  • A data center service provider located in the U.S.A. wants to increase their cybersecurity because data centers are frequently attacked, which has resulted in data loss and significant penalties over the past five years.
  • It is now a corporate-level initiative because in addition to the server room being attacked, the power sources that supply the server rooms have communication interfaces that have also been identified as vulnerable to cyberattacks.

System Requirements

  • To manage security risks more efficiently, the corporation must perform a vulnerability scan monthly to prevent possible attacks and urge device manufacturers to take action immediately when a vulnerability is identified.
  • Cyberthreats are not the only problem that IT departments face. OT devices in data centers such as switchgear, PDU, UPS etc., also have to be protected as the circuit breaker, relay, and meters all have communication interfaces. There could be thousands of these devices, which makes monitoring and updating firmware troublesome.

Moxa Solution

To reduce the chances of being hacked and suffering financial losses, any network node should have embedded security functions to ramp up device security.

  • Moxa’s MGate MB3170 and MB3660 protocol gateways were designed based on the IEC 62443 standard, ensuring cybersecurity is embedded within the device.
  • Frequently perform vulnerability scans to ensure the latest patch can be obtained by users for critical applications that can be subjected to cyberattacks.
  • Moxa’s MXconfig has an easy-to-use GUI and our MCC, which is a CLI tool that simplifies performing configurations, makes it easier for both OT and IT users to make mass firmware updates.

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