7 reasons you need a cybersecure network card

Posted by Eaton on April 29, 2020

Increasing reliance on connected technology and the proliferation of smart, connected devices have left organizations more vulnerable than ever to a growing list of cyberthreats. As these dangers continue to magnify, IT leaders are seeking assurances that their connected technology is secure and resilient — a concern addressed by global safety science organization UL in its new standard for software cybersecurity for network-connectable devices. Certifications like UL 2900-1 provide consumers the assurance that the product has been thoroughly reviewed and tested against a trusted benchmark.

With a network card, you can securely monitor and control an individual uninterruptible power supply (UPS) by connecting it directly to the network. Here are seven reasons to deploy it right now:

1. The consequences of cyberattacks are grave
From tarnished reputations to operational downtime to the loss of sensitive personal or enterprise information, the potential consequences of a cybersecurity incident are grim. As a result, organizations must constantly remain on high alert. In fact, a recent survey by digital threat management firm RiskIQ found that 89 percent of all information security leaders are concerned about the rise of digital threats across web, social and mobile channels.

2. Cyber threats are escalating
Cybersecurity risks are growing in both prevalence and magnitude of disruption. Attacks against businesses nearly doubled in five years, according to the World Economic Forum 2018 Global Risks Report. Even more, the global cost of cyber crime is projected to reach $2 trillion by 2019, representing a threefold increase from the 2015 estimate of $500 billion.

3. Connected devices increase vulnerability
IT professionals must not only ensure that their internal devices are protected but defend against threats targeting external machines that might connect to their networks. If you think your environment is somehow immune to these dangers, consider this: forecasts predict there will be some 75.4 billion connected devices by 2025 — and the vast amount of data generated by these devices will continue to grow exponentially, as well.

4. A UPS is not enough
Connected devices allow you to continuously monitor and diagnose the state of your environment, batteries and power sources, along with the condition of the UPS’s internal electronics. Monitoring your UPS without remote capability is like driving in the rain without windshield wipers—you may be protected from the downpour, but your visibility is hindered. There is a shift in the IT industry; professionals are focusing on more secure and reliable remote site management, making it necessary to monitor network devices remotely—anytime from anywhere. With a network card, you can securely monitor and control an individual UPS by connecting it directly to the network. Its features keep you informed of problems as they occur, ensuring up-time in the event of an extended power outage.

5. Connectivity is everything 
Network cards allow the secure monitoring and control of an individual UPS by connecting it directly to the network. This connectivity is the conduit for your device’s data and information, providing status, alerts and remote capabilities. The notification features keep you informed of problems as they occur, avoiding shutdown in the event of an extended power outage, always keeping your business information safe.

6. Industry standards and best practices matter
The UL 2900 Standard for Software Cybersecurity for Network-Connectable Products (UL 2900) includes processes to test devices for security vulnerabilities, software weaknesses and malware. Consider products that meet industry standards, like the UL 2900-1 and IEC 62443-4-2 cybersecurity standards. In order to achieve UL 2900-1 certification, products are put through rigorous tests, including known vulnerability testing, malware testing, fuzz testing, weakness analysis and penetration testing. As industry standards and government regulations continue to evolve, this type of respected independent testing will remain among the best means for customers to ensure that manufacturers have done their due diligence to mitigate risks.

7. Reduce your cybersecurity risk today
The Gigabit Network Card is the first in the industry to receive UL 2900-1 certification, ensuring it has been reviewed and tested, and meets the benchmark of this trusted brand. Encryption and password management are two key enhancements. Beyond the security upgrade, the Gigabit Network Card offers greater speed; compatibility with better performing and widely deployed gigabit network switches; and compliance with Gigabit-only data center networks. In addition, users gain a real-time clock with battery backup and linkage to NTP server; increased memory for improved operation and larger data storage; a modern user experience with the latest web technology; and secure SMTP for email alerts.

Safeguard your IT equipment with a power management solution that can keep your critical applications always-on during interruptions. Learn more about network cards at Eaton.com/networkconnectivity 

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