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Avaya Streamlines Perimeter Security for IoT Devices

Avaya Surge is a unique solution that works on any network enables plug-and-play security and management for IoT devices to mitigate cyberattacks

Avaya announced a new solution that helps companies mitigate cyberattacks that can occur through IoT connected devices. A unique, security and management solution, Avaya Surge – formerly SDN Fx Healthcare – runs on any vendor’s network to enable companies in any vertical industry to protect valuable data from unauthorized access through IoT devices.

Attacks and breaches resulting from IoT devices are expected to escalate over the next several years as more and more connected devices offer entry points. Currently, most approaches to the issue are rife with complexity, expensive and resource intensive, such as using thousands of mini firewall instances to reach thousands of deployed devices, or using Network Access Control for IoT security. Both approaches have limited scalability and effectiveness.

Avaya Surge now offers an alternative that significantly reduces complexity and cost while dramatically improving the process of tightly securing and managing thousands of devices. Avaya Surge simply pairs the IoT edge device with a small adapter to make it an intelligent network node through which it can centrally control security and management.  Once implemented, Avaya Surge delivers the following core capabilities:

  • Secures – HyperSec zoning is the technology set that creates encrypted zones and enables Surge to isolate and filter traffic from device to destination. IoT devices are less visible and protected from harmful traffic such as viruses and malware. Traffic flows are filtered on a white-list basis, limiting what the device receives and sends and to who or what it communicates.
  • Automates – Providing the elasticity needed for securing the everywhere perimeter, Avaya Surge uses centrally-set, “Follow-me” profiles applied on a by-device basis. When disconnected from the network, profiles disappear. When re-connected, profiles are automatically re-assigned.
  • Learns – Avaya Surge automatically learns and updates from traffic flows, providing continuous, ongoing security improvement. The solution also reports asset utilization that details the operational activity of devices. In addition, the solution offers programmable APIs to enable organizations to customize services and applications.

Avaya Surge will be available through Avaya Channel Partners in the second quarter of 2017.

Marc Randall, SVP and GM, Avaya Networking said, “Security is the Number One issue facing growth of IoT. Unless this is solved in a practical manner, limits on innovation, digital transformation and productivity will soon be reached. Avaya Surge is the easy, practical, cost-effective and proven solution that companies need as they expand IoT strategies and deployments and move their organizations forward.”

Ben Vickers, Director of IT at ProMedica said, “IoT security is becoming a major concern for our organization. At the same time, we are concerned that the nature of securing so many devices will be complex and expensive. We have trialed the Avaya Surge solution and believe that it will enhance our IoT security toolset without further complexity.”

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