Secure cloud VPN for cost-effective remote connectivity
Easier remote support and reduced travel costs for machine builders, OEMs and system integrators with Phoenix Contact’s new web-based service
Phoenix Contact introduces the mGuard Secure Cloud (mSC), a free web-based service that allows FL mGuard users to securely communicate with and support industrial equipment over the Internet. The mSC uses award-winning FL mGuard hardware to give OEMs, machine builders and system integrators a secure, easy and cost-effective way to access machines and systems anywhere in the world over the Internet.
Because small and medium-size businesses do not always have the resources to implement, host and support their own VPN solution, Phoenix Contact essentially acts as the customer’s IT department. Phoenix Contact hosts the mGuard Secure Cloud at its state-of-the-art data center near Harrisburg, Pa. This helps the user eliminate the hardware and installation costs of an in-house VPN. It also reduces travel expenses incurred from service visits to remote customers.
The mGuard Secure Cloud, which uses the IPsec security protocol with AES-256 bit encryption, performs five times faster than similar services that rely on Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. The SHA-1 algorithm ensures data integrity when packets travel over the Internet. For additional layers of security on the technician side, the cloud \uses a two-factor method for session and VPN authentication and supports X509 certificates, ensuring each VPN tunnel is unique and confidential.