XONA Partners With iS5 Communications to Provide Zero-Trust OT Access Control on Multi-Service Industrial Switching Platform

XONA, the developer of an innovative zero-trust user access software platform for industrial operations, announced a strategic partnership with iS5 Communications, maker of intelligent Ethernet products, to provide a robust and compliant remote and mobile operations solution to meet stringent requirements for utility sub-stations, roadside transportation, rail and other industrial applications.

The company says in this pandemic-altered operational landscape, remote and mobile operations capacity is increasingly critical to maintaining resiliency, maximizing efficiency and achieving organizational outcomes. However, as IT and OT systems converge, organizations are left exposed to cybersecurity risks that cannot be overcome with traditional IT security solutions. In response, companies need OT-specific integrated platforms to protect critical infrastructure from threat actors.

iS5 Communications provides a robust IEC61850 and IEEE1613 compliant industrial Ethernet switching platform for energy, transportation and other critical infrastructure industries. This new partnership enhances iS5 Communications’ multi-service hardware platform by introducing XONA’s zero-trust user access layer to their product offerings, including integrated closed-loop multi-factor authentication (MFA), browser-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), moderated secure file transfer, system connection segmentation and monitoring, protocol isolation, and deep user access forensics, all delivered through a single solution.

“We are excited to welcome XONA to our growing ecosystem of world class cybersecurity partners. XONA’s Critical System Gateway (CSG) running on the iS5 RAPTOR will add zero trust user access to its best in class Layer 2/Layer 3 networking capabilities for critical OT infrastructure,” said Clive Dias, iS5Com’s founder, president and CEO. “Simple to deploy zero-trust user access empowers companies to embrace OT remote operations capacity without compromising cybersecurity,” explained XONA CEO, Bill Moore. “As ransomware and other cybersecurity threats increase in scope, frequency and severity, it’s critical that companies fortify their remote and mobile operations to account for a shifting threat landscape. We’re excited to partner with iS5 Communications to deliver just those necessary capabilities.”

Together iS5 Communications and XONA said they will offer a comprehensive industrial-grade compliant solution that protects companies as they embrace remote operations.