|[May 14, 2014]
Belden Helps Secure Industrial Applications With the End of Windows XP Support
ST. LOUIS --(Business Wire)--
Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a global leader in signal transmission solutions
for mission-critical applications, anticipates industrial organizations
will face major challenges as a result of Microsoft's (News - Alert) discontinued
support of the Windows XP operating system (OS) - the most popular OS
for industrial applications. The end of service for this pervasive OS
leaves many computers and devices vulnerable to security issues -
whether accidental or deliberate - which could bring operations to a
halt. Belden's industrial firewalls provide immediate cyber protection
and allow companies to implement Windows XP upgrades according to their
An estimated 300 million PCs worldwide run on the 12-year-old OS*,
affecting users in a variety of industries, including automotive,
consumer packaged goods, water/wastewater, and oil and gas. Without
support or patches available, a security incident could disrupt
production and lead to prolonged system downtime.
What isn't so obvious is that Windows XP is prevalent in many critical
infrastructure systems around the world, including factories, production
sites and energy facilities. The OS can be found in ruggedized PCs
performing mission-critical tasks, such as control, safety, asset
management, and track and traceability. It is also embedded in thousands
of devices that are used in factory automation and process control
"The elimination of Windows XP support has forced our customers to
examine the pervasive nature of this OS in their plant or factory - and
the increased risk they now face, unless they do something to mitigate
this looming issue," said Frank Williams, senior manager for security at
Belden. "The switchover leaves industrial devices exposed to security
concerns and threatens to undermine operational uptime and productivity.
Our goal is to guide industrial operations through this transition and
minimize system downtime."
For those responsible for industrial processes, there are three
options for addressing the risk caused by the end of service of
Windows XP for inustrial applications:
1. Do nothing. Organizations can choose to ignore this issue and
take no action. This option, however, could put their system at risk for
a security-related incident or malware infection. If issues arise, there
will be no security support available to fix them.
2. Upgrade to a new version of Windows. Upgrading the OS is
necessary, but not an immediate solution. Upgrading an OS triggers a "domino
effect" of upgrades, which requires significant time and effort to
complete, and impacts operational productivity and cost. While the
upgrade is in process, downtime risk still exists.
3. Install Belden's industrial firewalls. This is an immediate
security solution and offers several benefits. Industrial firewalls can
be deployed into live networks without disrupting production; are simple
to install and configure; are designed for industrial deployment with
proper ruggedization and certification; and can be implemented without
triggering any Windows XP upgrade "dominoes."
"Tackling this challenge and determining the best course of action is
something the IT and Operations teams need to come together to figure
out. It's not just an issue for one group - it's a problem for the
entire company to discuss and address," said Williams. "Belden's
industrial firewalls provide immediate peace of mind when it comes to
accidental malware introductions or cyberattacks and give companies the
freedom to migrate from Windows XP on their own schedule."
To learn more about how the Windows XP end of service affects your
organization and how to secure your network with Belden's industrial
solutions, download the white paper "Windows XP End of
Service: Practical Options for Industrial Applications" at: http://info.belden.com/cyber-security-windows-xp-bc-lp.
An early innovator in industrial Ethernet, Belden knows Industrial IT
and is delivering the next generation of industrial networking
solutions. Its global brands - Hirschmann, GarrettCom (News - Alert) and Tofino
Security - are leading the way in the adoption of industrial Ethernet.
With a purpose-built portfolio, Belden's wired, wireless and embedded
products deliver the highest confidence of reliability, availability and
security. In addition, excellent warranties and dedicated customer
support minimize downtime, protect critical infrastructure and provide
peace of mind.
*Source (News - Alert): MarketWatch
(April 28, 2014).
Belden Inc., a global leader in high-quality, end-to-end signal
transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio
designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of
industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions
targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts
of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at
the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in
1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing
capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more
information, visit us at www.belden.com;
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