Honeywell unveils solution to block USB-borne threats

Secure Media Exchange (SMX) provides a safe way for industrial plants to use USB removable media and reduce risk

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Honeywell unveils solution to block USB-borne threats As malware spreads through USB devices there is a key risk for industrial control systems.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  April 5, 2017

Honeywell has launched Secure Media Exchange (SMX) to protect facilities against current and emerging USB devices threats.

The solution specifically designed for industrial sites is aimed to help balance productivity and cyber security demands.

As malware spreads through USB devices and are regulary used by employees and contractors to patch, update and exchange data with onsite control and computer systems - is a key risk for industrial control systems.

"Industrial operators often have hundreds or thousands of employees and dozens of contractors on site every day," said Eric Knapp, cyber security chief engineer, HPS. "Many, if not most, of those rely on USB-removable media to get their jobs done. Plants need solutions that let people work efficiently, but also don't compromise cyber security and, with it, industrial safety."

Safdar Akhtar, business development director, Industrial Cyber Security for EMEA and Asia at Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) commented: "The launch of SMX is an important milestone in combatting cyber threats in the region and globally.

"The Honeywell 2017 Middle East Industrial Cyber Security Summit provides a perfect platform for this important launch, and will help inform industry stakeholders on the latest trends and technologies in industrial cyber security."

Honeywell's SMX was developed by the company's cyber security experts based on field experience across global industrial sites and feedback from Honeywell User Group customers.

SMX provides multi-layered protection for managing USB security, letting users simply plug in and check devices for approved use in the facility. Contractors "check-in" their USB drive by plugging it into an SMX Intelligence Gateway. It helps prevent the spread of malware through removable media; stops unverified files being read by Windows hosts; and, through the private ATIX connection, provides continually updated threat information and advanced analytics to help detect advanced, targeted, and zero-day malware.

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