Eaton boosts cyber protection in UPS network cards
New Gigabit Network and Industrial Gateway Cards bring network monitoring to connected UPSs
Eaton has updated to its existing Gigabit Network Card with new cybersecurity capabilities.
The power management firm says the card is the industry’s first Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) connectivity device to meet the UL 2900-2-2 cybersecurity standard and enables cybersecurity protection of network-connected UPSs.
Until now, the Eaton Gigabit Network Card had supported single-phase UPSs only; the latest updates enable the card to bring the same cybersecurity benefits to Eaton’s 3-phase Eaton 93PM, Eaton 93PS, Eaton 91PS and Eaton 9PHD UPSs, in addition to new features and connectivity protocols to support large data centres and industrial applications.
“The cards address a major need for advanced security protection of connected UPS networks. The latest additions mean IT and facility managers can now use the same network cards across both single-phase and 3-phase UPSs, which enables easier management and monitoring and ultimately more effective cybersecurity,” said Ashraf Yehia, Managing Director, Eaton Middle East.
The cybersecurity enhancements in the Gigabit Network Card include stronger encryption, configurable password policies, signed firmware packages and the use of signed digital certificates. By using the card’s syslog functionality, IT managers can centrally monitor and receive notifications on the log-in activity on every card, enabling early detection of any suspicious activity, providing an additional layer of cybersecurity. New features available on Gigabit cards include remote and centralised authentication through LDAP/Active Directory and Radius.
Eaton is also introducing the Industrial Gateway Card, which is compatible with the MODBUS communications protocol. This card features the same cybersecurity protection as the Network Card and is designed for building management, industrial facilities and large data centres. The card enhances the protection given by the UPS by providing real-time monitoring of the UPS system and environment through a Building Management System (BMS) or Industrial Automation System (IAS). The card allows facility managers to monitor the state of the UPS, power conditions, temperature and humidity within the UPS network, enabling early warning of any threats to the system.
The Gigabit Network and Industrial Gateway Cards use a future-proof design that allows for feature and security updates and has increased memory and hot-swappable external components. Both cards are compatible with Eaton’s new environmental monitoring probe, to detect humidity, temperature and contact inputs and provide effective monitoring of rack environments. The Gigabit Network and Industrial Gateway Cards have additional features to allow up to three new generation sensors per card to be daisy-chained and at greater distances, which is important in monitoring applications such as free cooling. When used with Eaton Intelligent Power Manager (IPM), the cards improve business continuity by triggering policies configured to keep mission critical applications running.
In addition, the cards are compatible with today’s widespread Gigabit network switches and can be installed in Gigabit-only data centre networks.