The mGuard Secure Cloud (mSC) free web-based service allows FL mGuard users to securely communicate with and support industrial equipment over the Internet. It uses mGuard hardware to deliver a secure, easy and cost-effective way to access machines and systems anywhere in the world over the Internet.
Phoenix Contact hosts the mGuard Secure Cloud at its data center near Harrisburg, Pa., helping users 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.
After registering, a user can define machines and service technicians he or she wants to connect; by providing a few pieces of information – such as IP address scheme – the mGuard configurations will be created, allowing them to connect to the mSC server. Once configuration is complete, the user can log in, choose the machine he or she wants to access and then launch the VPN connection. No IT intervention is required in order to go through firewalls, corporate routers or ports.
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