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Energy & Heavy Industry

Large Manufacturers, Utility Companies, and Energy Producers

Large manufacturers, utility companies, and energy providers continue to be primary targets for hackers bent on capitalizing on the vulnerabilities found throughout these industries' large attack surfaces. To minimize cyberattacks and thrive in the coming years, manufacturers and energy companies are rapidly deploying network monitoring solutions to enhance security, visibility, and compliance. APCON stands ready to help.

These respected corporations trust APCON:

With increased technology usage, we see a bigger threat to the national electricity grid. It is more vulnerable to cyber threats and can have a major impact on the economy.

PK Pujari, Power Secretary

Fortune 50 Automaker consolidates its data centers and gains complete network visibility

An automobile manufacturer wanted to consolidate its global data centers, move into two with a highly scalable common architecture, and fulfill several strategic goals:

  • Monitor upgraded datacenters at a granular level
  • Increase security tool and monitoring device efficiency
  • Simplify remote switch management

So, how did the manufacturer architect its large-scale network with complete visibility and accomplish all its objectives? With APCON infrastructure and hardware. Read how APCON helped a leading automaker:

  • Monitor its global traffic with complete visibility
  • Maximize the performance of its monitoring and analysis tools
  • Perform batch upgrades to all its APCON switches from the desktop
  • Create a custom dashboard with a graphical summary of switch performance and tool utilization
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A Modern Approach to Your Network Monitoring Strategy

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Security

The energy sector and the varied industries it supplies rely on critical infrastructures that, if breached, would disrupt power supplies and national business operations, as well as put national security in jeopardy. Energy and manufacturing companies are looking for network systems and processes to deploy that mitigate the risk of attacks and enable fast recovery should they be subject to one.

What is network visibility?

Visibility

The industrial sector is constantly maintaining and improving networks that span multiple domains and endpoints. From smart grids to nuclear plants or robots to quality control, these systems require complete network visibility to collect datacenter intelligence and enable communication between equipment.

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Compliance

Government regulations and guidelines from multiple organizations such as the CPSC, ISO, NERC, NIST, IEEE, and DHS make network monitoring strategies a complex undertaking. Large companies need advanced monitoring features to comply with these regulations and suggested frameworks.


We Understand the Unique Challenges for Your Industry

In the energy and manufacturing sectors, the perception is that they are maturing their cybersecurity capabilities, but studies have shown these companies are still lacking network monitoring, detection, protection, and security management capabilities. Whether it’s your green datacenter, manufacturing floor, customer service portal, or a worldwide exploration and development network including remote and lights-out facilities, your industrial network needs to operate at top efficiency at all times — on any budget.

  • Scalable Architecture

    Network visibility and monitoring

    To thrive in today’s digital business, industrial companies' IT infrastructures must become more efficient and agile to meet growing demands. APCON offers a secure, scalable family of network monitoring solutions that enable companies to easily connect or consolidate data center ecosystems.

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  • Virtualization

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    Networks are complex, costly and cumbersome, which is why energy companies and big manufacturers are investing heavily in cloud and virtual solutions. With APCON’s unified physical and virtual monitoring solution, energy companies now have complete network visibility using existing monitoring tools, staff and diagnostic processes.

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  • Fail-Safe Reliability

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    IT pros in industrial sectors must maintain uptime, security and create efficiency in their data centers. Physical connection problems are a key cause of network outages. With APCON’s bypass solution, your IT pros will know immediately when and where a network connection failed, all while keeping their network operational.

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  • High Availability

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    APCON’s solutions are designed for big networks that demand high availability and system compatibility. Standard integrated hardware features and modular switch design ensure no data is lost in the event of component failure.

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  • Advanced Features

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    Data privacy is a priority for energy companies. APCON’s advanced features such as deduplication, packet slicing and protocol stripping ensure monitoring tools efficiency and accuracy while securing confidential information.

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  • Easy Management

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    In order to optimize time and resources, global manufacturers need to be able to replace manual data center collection and reporting with automated monitoring. With APCON’s award-winning graphical user interface, IT pros now have a centralized location to build, save, view and recall device connections.

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This pipeline shutdown sends the message that core elements of our national infrastructure continue to be vulnerable to cyberattack.

Mike Chapple, former NSA computer scientist and cybersecurity expert at the University of Notre Dame on the May 2021 cyberattack on the Colonial pipeline

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your critical networks safe, sound, and futureproof.

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