Trend Micro and Moxa Partner to Secure Industrial IoT Environments

The partnership will result in the formation of a joint-venture corporation — TXOne Networks — which will focus on the security needs present in IIoT.

BREA, Calif. — Moxa, a leader in industrial communications and networking, and Trend Micro, a leader in cybersecurity solutions, announce they have executed a letter of intent relating to the formation of a joint-venture corporation — TXOne Networks — which is said to focus on the security needs present in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments, including smart manufacturing, smart city, smart energy and more.

Trend Micro, majority owner in TXOne Networks, identified the potential challenges faced by IIoT stakeholders early on and has been working on several fronts to secure the entire ecosystem, from data center to device, while Moxa brings more than 30 years of experience in industrial networking and protocol expertise, according to an announcement.

TXOne Networks combines these strengths and responds to the growing security needs of industry, such as smart factories that require a unified solution for delivering deeper visibility into both devices and protocols.

These complicated environments are made up of multiple layers requiring protection that sits in and between IT and OT. The responsibility for the security of these combined layers is traditionally unclear, says the company.

“I’m excited about this venture and how Trend Micro continues to take diverse yet focused growth steps that allow our teams to remain concentrated on core strengths while giving room to better serve customers and advance into new markets,” says Eva Chen, chief executive officer for Trend Micro. “Partnering with Moxa will combine more than 60 years of expertise to accelerate our ability to view and secure the extended enterprise including these important but often overlooked OT environments.”

TXOne Networks says it will build security gateways, endpoint agents and network segmentation to secure, control and provide visibility of operational technology and equipment. It also says it will provide proactive, timely and easily implemented solutions to secure the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) world.

TXOne Networks will be led by Dr. Terence Liu, Trend Micro vice president and former CEO of Broadweb. With experience building both products and teams, Dr. Liu will bring nearly 20 years of security product expertise to this new team.

“With this joint venture, Moxa and Trend Micro will position TXOne Networks as a global leader in the industry to create effective IIoT security solutions that help ensure that IIoT applications and critical infrastructures are secure,” says Andy Cheng, strategic business unit president for Moxa. “Industrial automation customers around the globe will be able to reap the benefits of having a holistic OT/IT security solution to protect assets and reduce operational risk.”

TXOne solutions also will enable OT customers to optimize network infrastructure for more IIoT opportunities, allowing them to benefit from Moxa’s expertise in building reliable networks to bring more legacy and disparate networks on to an industry-grade Ethernet backbone.

Professional services will also be provided including security risk assessment, security breach response and access to threat intelligence from Trend Micro research and its zero day initiative (ZDI).

“In a world where attacks are getting more persistent and sophisticated, while organizations are struggling with skills shortage and alert fatigue, these two groups are joining forces to successfully secure enterprises around the globe,” says Liu. “I am eager to pursue the opportunities and challenges this team will tackle in the months and years to come.”

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