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Honeywell launches malware protection software

Honeywell's Secure Media Exchange (SMX) is a software that offers protection to industrial facilities against current and emerging USB-borne threats

Malware spread through USB devices is a major risk for industrial control systems.
Malware spread through USB devices is a major risk for industrial control systems.

Honeywell has come out with a new software for industrial sites.

The Secure Media Exchange (SMX) offers protection for facilities against current and emerging universal serial bus (USB)-borne threats.

According to the company, use of the software does not require complex procedures, and will not impact operations and personnel.

In a statement about its new product, Honeywell pointed out that malware spread through USB devices is a major risk for industrial control systems, especially since there are hundreds or thousands of employees and dozens of contractors on-site every day.

Many plants reportedly either ban USBs or continue to rely on traditional malware scanning tools, which are not only difficult to maintain in an industrial facility, but also provide limited protection.

Honeywell said that SMX provides multi-layered protection for managing USB security, by analysing files using a variety of techniques included in Honeywell’s Advanced Threat Intelligence Exchange (ATIX).

ATIX is a secure, hybrid-cloud threat analysis service.

SMX Client Software, when installed on Windows devices in plants, controls which USB devices are allowed to connect, prevents unverified removable media drives from being mounted, and keeps unverified files from being accessed.

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