Advantech is also dedicated to the development of the WISE-PaaS/Secure Tunnel Reverse Proxy Service for enterprise security. This solution overcomes common customer problems. Businesses have to work in collaboration with a partner, but cannot give their partners access to company VPNs. This necessitates application for a second dedicated external connection; exposing their internal network to WAN. This is a security concern, and incurs extra costs. Deployment of Advantech’s Secure Tunnel and forwarding services to a proxy enables whitelisting and connection source limits. These features help partners on WAN secure access without compromising company security. In addition, WISE-PaaS/Secure Tunnel does not require software during installation on the client-end to function. Deploying a lightweight proxy software on the server and issuing a few command lines enables businesses to reduce problems related to complex VPN setups.
WISE-PaaS/Secure Tunnel works in conjunction with Azure VPN Gateway, yielding a high cost-to-performance solution package. Companies that adopt WISE-PaaS services like iFactory, WISE-Dashboard, or WISE-STACK are ready to implement WISE-PaaS/Secure Tunnel. This solution enables them to combine their client-end devices or horizontally integrate their services. If a company relies on native Azure services, and needs to allow these services access to resources on a self-hosted private cloud, they can leverage Azure VPN Gateway to establish a fast and secure tunnel that restricts resource access on the internal network to company Active Directory (AD) authenticated accounts. This procedure prevents most common cyber-attacks.
Advantech also offers McAfee and Acronis cloud versions used on Azure. McAfee cloud products can give suggestions to improve cloud platform security configurations and strategies. Similarly, Acronis cloud products enable users to quickly log-in and deploy backup files. Advantech became a Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution Provider in 2018, and is seeking more IT security software partners capable of creating future cloud-security solutions.
In conclusion, industrial control system owners using Advantech IPC enjoy a one-stop device-to-cloud security solution that covers SSD, firmware, OS, data/applications, and the cloud. These features are supported by WISE-PaaS/Secure Tunnel service, enabling partners on the external net to securely interact with the company's internal resources. In sum, Advantech provides a comprehensive suite of security solutions that protect diverse devices.