Q-Net Security to manufacture next-gen hardsec devices
Following an announcement made by Q-Net Security, the innovative cybersecurity company has entered into a partnership with Custom Technologies . As part of the partnership the two plan to manufacture and distribute next generation ‘hardsec’ (hardware security) cryptography devices.
What will Q-Net Security’s network devices provide its users?
Quantum-compute resistant (QNS) network devices - or Q-Boxes - secures network data against sophisticated cyberattacks, providing protection “on a level previously unattainable even by nation-state encryption.”
Details of the partnership
With Custom Technologies being an expert in business logistics and physical manufacturing, the machining, testing and assembly work of the Q-Boxes will be conducted at its manufacturing facility in Brentwood, Missouri. Q-Net Security will focus on the product’s design at their St. Louis County facility.
In addition to providing its facility for the testing, Custom Technologies offers Q-Net Security its signature Minimum Viable Launch approach which includes the designing, engineering, prototyping, producing, operationalising, and launching of products.
Partnering with Custom Technologies at the producing stage, Q-Net Security is also benefiting from the company’s sophisticated lot and serial tracking to ensure every Q-Box is secure and all components are tracked through the entire production process.
"At Custom Technologies, we're really excited about this opportunity to support something critically important on the global stage. Cybersecurity is a key issue facing the world and we're proud to manufacture the Q-Box using our facility right here in Missouri, supporting domestic supply lines of critical technology,” commented Ellen Mell, CEO of Custom Technologies.
“We’re excited to source an increased volume of Q-Boxes from Custom Technologies. Our goal at QNS has been to get this technology in the hands of the industries that need it, like critical infrastructure. It’s a great step forward to be able to secure local suppliers for our technology and we anticipate increased distribution, along with faster adoption because of it,” added Dr. Ron Indeck, CEO of QNS.
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Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.