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Opengear Cellular Out-of-Band Management Solutions Offer Extensive Security

February 19, 2013

  By Rory Lidstone
  Out of Band Management Contributing Writer

A common question that tends to arise from the use of a cellular network, particularly in the case of out-of-band management, is how secure the connection is. In fact, leading provider of critical infrastructure management solutions, Opengear, stated that this is among the first questions customers ask when discussing cellular out-of-band management.

The answer, of course, is no — that is, as long as you choose an enterprise plan with a major carrier, such as AT&T (News - Alert) or Verizon. This is because major carriers deploy a number of enterprise grade M2M private IP services, which enable VPN routing and forwarding (VRF) to the Opengear (News - Alert) end point.

As for encrypting the data being sent over the VRF cellular link, Opengear cellular out-of-band management solutions handle this with a number of security features, such as built-in enterprise grade firewall, FIPS 140-2 module, SSH v2 and SSLv3 protocols, OpenVPN, IPSec, RADIUS SecurID, IP filtering and a per port access list.

Indeed, Opengear's cellular out-of-band management solutions enable users to securely access remote sites from anywhere, with convenient options available such as site monitoring from a cellphone with SMS alerts and site equipment control from a cellphone with SMS commands. Furthermore, these solutions are capable of integrating seamlessly with existing IT and network management systems.

Opengear cellular out-of-band solutions also eliminate the need for analog modems while providing high-speed, robust secure access — resulting in reduced cost, complexity and risk in managing remote locations – all while improving service levels. Meanwhile, the company ensures always-up or smart failover when the primary link goes down to guarantee consistent cellular connectivity at all times.

Opengear also offers a number of out-of-band management solutions, including the recently announced central management system (CMS) product offering, which allows network engineers and system administrators to centrally manage their Opengear infrastructure management and console server appliances, as well as any attached IT networking gear in their data center or at remote sites.

To check out more about Opengear’s cellular out-of-band management solutions, check out a recent blog the company revealed here.

Edited by Allison Boccamazzo