Nozomi Networks launches industrial IoT security sensor in A/NZ

Thursday, 25 January, 2024

Nozomi Networks launches industrial IoT security sensor in A/NZ

Nozomi Networks has introduced what it says is the only wireless spectrum sensor purpose-built for OT and IoT environments worldwide. The sensor, Guardian Air, is designed to provide much-needed visibility into wirelessly enabled devices that until now were only detected once connected to the wired network.

With 80% of new IoT deployments wirelessly connected, wireless is quickly becoming a preferred network. The explosion of wirelessly connected devices increases potential access points and exploitation of networks. This puts critical infrastructure and industrial operations at risk of cyber attacks and disruptions to operations.

Guardian Air monitors several prominent wireless frequencies, not just Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, to provide security teams with immediate visibility of connected sensors, devices, laptops and mobile phones.

“Nozomi Networks has once again innovated to address an unmet need for wireless-level monitoring in OT and IoT environments,” said Danielle VanZandt, an industry manager for commercial and public security research at Frost & Sullivan. “From smart manufacturing to digital medicine, to building automation, to modern oil field production and more, today industrial organisations are relying on billions of wireless devices to speed production and time to market. Guardian Air gives IT security professionals and OT operators the visibility they need to get a firm handle on wireless risk management and response.”

Nozomi Networks said that with Guardian Air, OT and IT security professionals and operators can:

  • continuously monitor prominent wireless frequency technologies used in OT and IoT environments including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, cellular, LoRaWAN, Zigbee, GPS, drone RF protocols, WirelessHART and more;
  • immediately detect wirelessly connected assets and gain asset information to quickly address unauthorised installations;
  • detect wireless-specific threats, including brute force attacks, spoofing and bluejacking — with the added ability to determine the location of the devices performing the attacks;
  • seamlessly integrate wireless data into a single OT and IoT security platform that unifies asset visibility from the endpoint and across wired and wireless networks.

“Wireless is fundamentally changing the way industrial organisations operate. Unfortunately, it also massively expands the potential attack surface,” said Nozomi Networks Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Andrea Carcano. “Guardian Air solves this problem by giving users the accurate visibility they need at the wireless level to minimise risk while maximising resiliency.”

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