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Xage and Advantech Join Forces to Cyber-Harden Critical Infrastructure Operations

By September 27, 2022 No Comments

By Roman Arutyunov, Xage Co-Founder & VP of Product


We’re excited to introduce a new partnership with Advantech, a global leader in industrial IoT and automation technology, to support zero trust adoption in industrial organizations and to protect critical infrastructure globally.

According to a recent survey by Trend Micro, 90% of industrial organizations were impacted by cyberattacks during 2021-2022. Existing security technologies, including firewalls and VPNs, are no longer sufficient to secure complex environments, such those in mission-critical industries like energy, defense, and manufacturing, against growing threats. These operations frequently utilize legacy technologies or cyber-physical systems with varying security controls, and customary security technologies are often inflexible and lack scalability.

As cyberattacks skyrocket, critical infrastructure operators are simultaneously working to meet new and evolving government cybersecurity mandates. For example, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently issued updates to its Pipeline Security Directive which reflect core zero trust principles, including granular access control, least privilege, separation of duties, and credential management. Operators are also required to submit implementation plans within 90 days, a substantial undertaking for cybersecurity leaders already under pressure from increased attacks and a growing talent gap. 

With Xage’s zero trust mesh overlay approach, the new partnership with Advantech ensures mission-critical operations can run reliably and keep pace with shifting compliance requirements. 

By embracing zero trust, organizations can reduce the cyber attack surface and protect against advanced threats, while also meeting federal requirements and accelerating digital transformation. Our underlying technology, the Xage Fabric, seamlessly overlays every element of an operation, offering zero trust with defense-in-depth for OT and multi-layer OT/IT environments. Xage’s identity-based model secures all assets and applications—in fact, Xage was recently recognized in Gartner’s 2022 Innovation Insight for Cyber-Physical Systems Protection Platforms report, as well as in the firm’s 2022 Market Guide for Operational Technology Security.                 

Featured Advantech devices ideal and compatible with Xage Security include the FWA-1211 industrial cybersecurity appliance with Intel Atom™ processing and LAN-Bypass capability, and the UNO-2271G-V2 small form factor industrial edge IoT gateway, which runs the latest in Intel CPU technology. Advantech’s FWA-1211 appliances and UNO edge gateways provide reliable, cost-effective hardware in ruggedized form factors, delivering optimal efficiency and flexibility in edge infrastructure. 

To learn more about how Xage and Advantech are joining forces to protect critical infrastructure, read our solution brief.