7 Reasons You Need the Eaton Gigabit Network Card


Ever-increasing reliance on connected technology and the proliferation of smart, connected devices have left organizations more vulnerable than ever to a growing list of cyberthreats. As these dangers continue to magnify, IT leaders are seeking assurances that their connected technology is secure and resilient — a concern addressed by global safety science organization UL in its new standard for software cybersecurity for network-connectable devices. The UL 2900-2-2 cybersecurity certification provides consumers the assurance that the product has been thoroughly reviewed and tested against a trusted benchmark.

Eaton's Gigabit network card is the first network management card to be UL 2900-2-2 certified for cybersecurity.

As the first UPS connectivity device to meet the UL standard, Eaton’s Gigabit Network Card represents the ultimate choice in security. Here are seven reasons to deploy it right now:

1. The consequences of cyberattacks are grave

From tarnished reputation to operational downtime to the loss of sensitive personal or enterprise information, the potential consequences of a cybersecurity incident are grim. As a result, organizations must constantly remain on high alert. In fact, a recent survey by digital threat management firm RiskIQ found that 89 percent of all information security leaders are concerned about the rise of digital threats across web, social and mobile channels.

2. Cyber threats are escalating

Cyber security risks are growing in both prevalence and magnitude of disruption. In fact, attacks against businesses nearly doubled in five years, according to the World Economic Forum 2018 Global Risks Report. Even more, the global cost of cyber crime is projected to reach $2 trillion by 2019, representing a threefold increase from the 2015 estimate of $500 billion.

3. Connected devices increase vulnerability

IT professionals must not only ensure that their internal devices are protected, but defend against threats targeting external machines that might connect to their networks. If you think your environment is somehow immune to these dangers, consider this: forecasts predict there will be some 75.4 billion connected devices by 2025 — and the vast amount of data generated by these devices will continue to grow exponentially, as well.

4. It’s the first UPS connectivity device to meet the UL standard

Eaton’s Gigabit Network Card is the premier option to protect uninterruptible power systems (UPSs) for data centers and distributed IT against cyberthreats. As the first UPS connectivity device to meet the UL 2900-2-2 cybersecurity standard, the product underscores Eaton’s commitment to advance new technologies and innovations, while building trust and ensuring the highest level of defense against emerging cybersecurity threats.

5. It’s been put to the test

UL guidelines include processes to test devices for security vulnerabilities, software weaknesses and malware. In order to achieve UL 2900- 2-2 certification, Eaton subjected its Gigabit Card to a rigorous battery of tests, including known vulnerability testing, malware testing, fuzz testing, weakness analysis and penetration testing. As industry standards and government regulations continue to evolve, this type of respected independent testing will remain among the best means for customers to ensure that manufacturers have done their due diligence to mitigate risks.

6. The solution ensures ongoing protection and standards

The Gigabit Card is just one example of Eaton’s overall commitment to cybersecurity. In addition to its Pittsburgh, Penn., research and testing facility — the first approved to participate in UL's Data Acceptance Program for cybersecurity — Eaton recently had a second lab in Pune, India approved by UL to join the program, marking another industry first. These accredited lab environments provide the global capability to test Eaton products with intelligence or embedded logic to key aspects of the UL cybersecurity standards. Customers can rest easier knowing that Eaton devices meet ongoing standards and are compliant with the highest industry requirements, safeguarding their networks against both existing and emerging threats.

7. It’s packed with more than just protection

Beyond the security upgrade, the Gigabit Network Card offers numerous enhancements, including greater speed; compatibility with better performing and widely deployed gigabit network switches; and compliance with Gigabit-only data center networks. In addition, users gain a real-time clock with battery backup and linkage to NTP server; increased memory for improved operation and larger data storage; a modern user experience with the latest web technology; and secure SMTP for email alerts.

To protect your organization against cybersecurity threats, it has never been more important to partner with technology providers who understand the risks that pervade the Internet and are taking proactive measures to address them. Not only does the Eaton Gigabit Network Card provide the features you expect with UPS connectivity, but ensures that your network remains as secure as possible in the wake of ongoing cyber threats.

For Eaton channel partners, the Gigabit Network Card also represents a significant retrofit prospect. When sharing the product with your existing customers, you not only have the opportunity to increase revenue, but demonstrate your role as a trusted advisor who is committed to securing their overall power infrastructure.


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