New defence against manufacturing malware

Norman has launched SmartSuite for Manufacturing – a comprehensive set of solutions to protect manufacturers plant and process systems against new and unknown malware and spyware attacks.

The shift away from proprietary plant and process control systems to standardised IT technologies continues, with vendors and integrators implementing standard hardware, software and communications protocols in order to increase system performance and reduce development costs. This migration has opened up the manufacturing network to increased security risks that are often ignored in the belief that 'off the shelf' security products are not suitable for this sensitive environment.

“This increased connectivity most certainly has its business advantages, however the consequences of a security breach such as the plant floor becoming infected by a worm or Trojan can be far-reaching and extremely costly," says David Robinson, country manager, Norman UK. "This could include production disruptions, loss of data, health and safety issues, and damage to the company reputation. Norman SmartSuite for Manufacturing has been designed to offer maximum protection against malware threats without adversely affecting the real-time systems operating in production sites across the globe.”

Norman SmartSuite for Manufacturing consists of the following modules:

  • Norman Network Protection (NNP), a realtime anti-malware scanner which can be installed at various points through the network or between network segments. Key features include: block and exclude options on IP and Mac Address as well as at VLAN level; inbound and outbound stream scanning of Internet and local network connections; multiple protocol support including HTTP, FTP, SMTP, POP3, RPC, TFTP, IRC, and CIFS/SMB.
  • Norman SandBox Analyzer, which is incorporated within NNP and allows users to automatically analyse file behaviour and actual actions performed by the suspicious file that has been stopped. This allows for efficient response to malware infection and reduces costly downtime for cleanup.
  • Norman Virus Control can be installed on desktops, laptops, servers, and terminal servers. In addition to covering the majority of the latest operating systems, Norman Virus Control is compatible with older operating systems still commonly deployed in manufacturing including Windows 98/2000/NT.
  • Norman Malware Cleaner can be used to detect and clean specific malicious code. The program will effectively clean an infected system completely by killing infected running processes, removing infections from disk (including ActiveX components and browser helper objects), reveal and remove rootkits, restore correct registry values, remove references created by malware and remove Windows firewall rules for malicious programs.

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