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Digi offers enterprise security while working from home

Steve Rogerson
April 14, 2020



Digi is offering networking that enables enterprise-level security in work-from-home environments. The Minnesota firm’s routers, cellular extenders and console servers provide connectivity that is securely tunnelled for at-home workers and out-of-band management capabilities for stretched, corporate data centres.
 
With organisations moving in-office operations to remote environments due to Covid-19 quarantine mandates, creating a secure work-from-home network is a top priority. Digi has announced a hardware and software package, including the EX15, 6310-DX, Digi Connect IT and Digi Remote Manager that enable enterprises to provide remote workers with high-speed connectivity backed by corporate security tools and policies.
 
"As remote work increases, cyber-security threats are also rising due to vulnerable connections and networks," said Brian Kirkendall, vice president at Digi. “Our remote worker connectivity package is designed to be easily deployed and configured to protect against those threats, regardless of where employees are working. Arming employees with optimal tools to work efficiently and securely from home not only enables disruption-free productivity, it also creates peace of mind across the organisation and ensures digital safety."
 
For primary wired WAN, a home office worker can connect the computer to the LAN port on the Digi device and the WAN port to the home internet router. Corporate IT staff can configure the Digi device remotely via Digi Remote Manager to create a VPN tunnel between the home office and the corporate data centre, encrypting all IP traffic in the tunnel. If there is a service outage at the home, the Digi device with its cellular module will take over and keep communications running and all data secure.
 
The EX15 is an LTE cellular extender that provides Ggigabit Ethernet and wifi connectivity. There are Ethernet ports for wired WAN and LAN connectivity, along with a serial RS232 port for out-of-band management. Employees can connect through a wired connection or the LTE certified Digi Core plug-in cellular modem.
 
The 6310-DX is a cellular extender powered by the 4G LTE-certified Core plug-in module. It delivers primary or backup cellular failover for business continuity.
 
Connect IT Mini provides single serial ports with wired WAN and LAN for issue remediation and OOB management, and LTE Cat-M for maximum coverage.
 
Connect IT 4 has four serial ports with wired WAN and LAN using the Core LTE modem with support for Cat 1, 4 or 6 for always-on cellular out-of-band access to branch offices and retail locations.
 
Connect IT 16/48 provides 16 or 48 serial ports with wired WAN and LAN for higher density locations that may be deployed with Core LTE modems to support resilient access to key infrastructure and remote data centres.
 
The Digi Remote Manager is an IoT device monitoring application that lets enterprises provision and monitor a network of cellular routers and extenders as they are deployed to a workforce. As such, businesses can establish master configuration profiles to allow the system to monitor remediate device configurations back to approved settings in the event they are out of compliance. It is PCI, HIPPA and Nist approved and helps users reduce the amount of hardware required.
 
TrustFence is a security framework integrated into Digi's cellular routers, cellular extenders and console management products.