Eaton Network-M3 Streamlines Network Cybersecurity Protection

Eaton boasts that its Gigabit Network Card (Network-M3) is UL 2900-1 and IEC 62443-4-2 certified for cybersecurity protection.

RALEIGH, N.C.—The intelligent power management company Eaton has announced its latest solution for connected backup power and cybersecurity with the North American launch of its Gigabit Network Card (Network-M3).

The Network-M3 card features capabilities for web-based monitoring and alerts, and product provides valuable insights into IT power usage, reshaping the way IT teams monitor and control their power systems as security needs evolve.

“As IT managers continue to embrace enhanced connectivity and increase the number of smart devices on their network, they face more opportunities for cyber threats,” says James Martin, global connectivity product manager, Eaton. “We’ve designed the Network-M3 card to offer enhanced protection against cyberattacks while also providing the comprehensive power management needed to boost performance.”

Eaton points out that cybersecurity continues to be a growing threat across the globe, with the risk of attack rising as the number of connected devices IoT devices is expected to grow to more than 41.6 billion by 2025. According to IBM’s 2023 Cost of a Data Breach Report, the average global cost of a data breach in 2023 was $4.45 million, a 15% increase over three years, making it imperative that IT managers leverage connected infrastructure designed with the highest levels of cybersecurity protection.

Network-M3 Simplifies Network Support and Security

Eaton explains that with its secure boot process, user-configurable firewall and zero-touch provisioning, the Network-M3 card can detect intrusions and ensure a high level of security and reliability for uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) and power distribution units (PDUs). The company boasts that its latest product is the only network card on the market with UL 2900-1 and IEC 62443-4-2 cybersecurity certifications, and it emphasizes the Network-M3 card can simplify the management and security of critical infrastructure by providing a flexible cybersecurity solution that can authenticate any attached firmware, preventing a cyberattack from spreading when a threat exists.

Features of the Network-M3 card include:

  • Chain-of-trust encryption and secure firmware boot capability, preventing the Gigabit Network Card from being a cyberattack vulnerability point on a network, with firmware updates available at no cost to the user
  • User-configurable firewall that provides an additional layer of security to protect the Gigabit Network Card and the UPS or PDU from unauthorized access and cyberattacks
  • Remote storage of security keys, making the device tamper-resistant even in cases of physical breaches
  • Zero-touch provisioning and auto-configuration commissions devices faster to save time in large-scale deployments
  • Support of 10/100/1000 Mbps for diverse compatibility
  • Certificate manager for easy creation and distribution of digital certificates to multiple devices

In addition to built-in web-based monitoring capabilities and alerts, the Network-M3 card can integrate with the software in Eaton’s Brightlayer Data Centers suite to allow IT teams to streamline operations and prepare for future needs.

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