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IT/OT security vendor Opswat unveils MetaDefender kiosk with rugged features

Opswat, a maker of critical-infrastructure converged security offerings, has launched an updated mobile MetaDefender kiosk that it says will continue to operate in “even the harshest conditions”.

Its MetaDefender Kiosk K2100 was introduced to delegates at the 27th Annual ARC Industry Leadership Forum in Florida, USA, this month, according to Opswat.

“Forum attendees are among the first to experience the new, ultra-rugged mobile kiosk designed to keep critical networks secure in even the harshest conditions,” it said in an announcement.

MetaDefender is Opswat’s advanced-threat prevention platform.

Pete Lund, operational tech (OT) security products vice-president at Opswat, said the mobile MetaDefender Kiosk would help operators of critical infrastructure and security professionals to manage their systems against threats from portable media, such as USB devices, and other malware vectors.

“The new MetaDefender Kiosk 2100 operates in the most challenging environments. It is built to withstand rain, dust, vibrations, and more,” Lund said, adding that wearing “full gear and gloves” would not present any difficulty in using the kiosk on a site.

Sid Snitkin, vice president of cybersecurity services at industrial technology research and services provider ARC Advisory Group, said OT security team challenges demand a comprehensive suite of security offerings and services.

“OPSWAT has a deep understanding of the challenges OT security teams face,” he said.

Many industries rely on OT and industrial control systems (ICS), isolated by air-gapping for security. That makes personnel dependent on removable media when they need to install updates or transfer data.

At the same time, removable media devices can introduce potential vulnerabilities and deliver malware that can then easily spread across the network.

The MetaDefender Kiosk acts as a digital security guard inspecting all media for malware, vulnerabilities and sensitive data before entering or leaving a secure environment, said Opswat.

“Like other MetaDefender Kiosk models, the K2100 was built with Opswat’s multiscanning with over 30 anti-malware engines, file vulnerability assessment, deep content disarm and reconstruction (Deep CDR), proactive data loss prevention (DLP), and country of origin and compliance checks,” it said.

( Image copyright © Opswat 2022-2023 )

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