Phoenix Contact introduces a free web-based service that lets FL mGuard users securely communicate with and support industrial equipment over the Internet. The mSC uses award-winning FL mGuard hardware to give OEMs, machine builders, and system integrators a secure, easy, and cost-effective way to access machines and systems anywhere in the world over the Internet.
Because small and medium-size businesses do not always have the resources to implement, host and support their own VPN solution, Phoenix Contact essentially acts as their IT department. The company hosts the mGuard Secure Cloud at its state-of-the-art data center near Harrisburg, Pa. This helps users eliminate the hardware and installation costs of an in-house VPN. It also reduces travel expenses incurred from service visits to remote customers.
The mGuard Secure Cloud, which uses the IPsec security protocol with AES-256 bit encryption, performs five times faster than similar services that rely on Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. The SHA-1 algorithm ensures data integrity when packets travel over the Internet. For additional layers of security on the technician side, the cloud \uses a two-factor method for session and VPN authentication and supports X509 certificates, ensuring each VPN tunnel is unique and confidential.
To use the mGuard Secure Cloud, start by registering at https://us.cloud.mguard.com. After signing up, a user can define machines and service technicians he or she wants to connect; by providing a few pieces of information – such as IP address scheme – mGuard configurations will be created for these users, letting them connect to the mSC server. Once configurations complete, users can log in, choose the machines to access, and launch the VPN connection. No IT intervention is required to go through firewalls, corporate routers, or ports.
The FL mGuard is a family of industrial security appliances bringing IT technology to the factory floor. Hardware options include DIN rail-mounted models with hazardous location approvals and wide temperature ratings, PCI cards, and portable USB-powered and desktop form factors.
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