First industrial computer offering IEC 62443-4-2 host device certification

06-02-2023 | Moxa | Industrial

The Moxa Industrial Linux 3 (MIL3) platform offers the world's first IEC 62443-4-2 certified host device – the UC-8200 Series Arm-based computers- to the market. IEC 62443-4-2 certification provides that the 4cm ultra-thin UC-8200 computers supply a security-enabling Linux platform that incorporates a suite of secure-by-design hardware and software options to shield IIoT data and infrastructure against cyberthreats.

"Moxa's UC-8200 Series, running on the MIL3 platform, is the world's first host device to attain ISA/IEC 62442-4-2 certification," said Pascal LeRay, head of Cybersecurity at Bureau Veritas, the global certification body that issued the ISASecure CSA Security Level 2 certification for the UC-8200 Series industrial computers.

"It is a great honour to assist Moxa to successfully obtain IEC 62443-4-2 certification to empower the company to better grasp the overall security issues and quality of product development through IEC 62443 to enhance its competitiveness. IEC 62443 universal standards for industrial control and information security have become mandatory technical requirements in many countries. Furthermore, as demand for product security increases, the importance of IEC 62443-4-2 has grown significantly, resulting in a growing number of customers requiring proof of security level from manufacturers for their Industrial IoT equipment," Pascal LeRay added.

"The IEC 62443-4-2 certified UC-8200 Series computer makes it easier for asset owners and system integrators to integrate IIoT applications by providing a secure platform that has already been tested and validated," said George Y Hsiao, product manager of Moxa IPC Business. "Without such a certified platform, asset owners and system integrators would need to spend a significant amount of time testing and validating the security of the computing platform and its components before integrating their applications. This process is necessary to ensure the overall security of the IIoT system, but it can be time-consuming."

The computer comes with a security-hardening guide to assist in maintaining its security throughout its whole lifecycle, from integration and installation to operation, maintenance and decommissioning. It also incorporates a security diagnostics utility, which enables customers to confirm that the UC-8200 Series computer remains compliant with IEC 62443-4-2 through the integration stage.

The company offers long-term after-sales support and Debian-based distributions with ten-year life cycles to support UC-8200-equipped systems, comprising security patches, bug fixes, and access to the Moxa Product Security Incident Response Team that takes a proactive approach to protect its products from cybersecurity vulnerabilities and effectively mitigate and manage security risks.

By Seb Springall