Protecting your IT Infrastructure from cyber threats

Schneider's Network Management Card platform is improved

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If you are an IT or network manager responsible for your organisation’s IT infrastructure then ensuring you have full visibility of your systems, along with being able to monitor them remotely, is vital.

A recent global survey of businesses by insurer, Allianz, revealed that cyber incidents such as ransomware attacks, data breaches, and IT disruptions were their greatest worry. Schneider Electric has reported that in 2023, the average cost of a cyber breach was $4.45 million, and the cost of cybercrime reached $8 trillion in 2023. It is estimated this could rise to $10.5 trillion by 2025.

Schneider Electric said that companies are making themselves vulnerable to cyber-attacks by their failure to keep up to date with their firmware and often they are unaware when updates are available.

The IT infrastructure specialist’s Network Management Card (NMC) platform enables device-level remote monitoring and management of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, power distribution units (PDU) and cooling devices via an easy-to-use web browser interface. Schneider has recently improved the NMC platform by introducing proactive firmware management with a new Secure NMC System Tool. The Secure System (SNS) protects businesses by ensuring their connected devices are certified to the highest cybersecurity standards (IEC 62443-4-2).

Schneider said that while the IEC 62443 series of standards had existed for some years certification had been rare for manufacturers of UPSs, data centre cooling units, power distribution units, etc., and their software management systems.

If you already have Schneider’s data centre management platforms, IT Expert or Data Center Expert the Secure NMC subscription is already part of the package. From April 2024 one-year subscriptions began to be included with all new UPS and PDU devices from Schneider Electric.

Data Center Expert is a scalable monitoring software that collects, organises, and distributes critical device information providing a comprehensive view of equipment. IT Expert allows you to better monitor your devices, like UPSs and ensure they are performing efficiently.  We are specialists in Schneider Electric’s power monitoring and data centre or server room monitoring appliances as well as the Data Center and IT Expert platforms.

If you want to protect your IT infrastructure more effectively then we can support you. Please contact us for a free audit of your IT spaces and to discuss your power monitoring needs.