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Westermo releases version 1.4 of the WeConfig network configuration tool

Westermo releases version 1.4 of the WeConfig network configuration tool

Westermo has released version 1.4 of its WeConfig network configuration management tool, which helps users configure large and complex industrial data communication networks. In addition, WeConfig 1.4 features enhanced functionality to bolster cyber security.

WeConfig is designed to simplify the initial installation and configuration of single or multiple Westermo devices, plus ongoing maintenance through the life of the network, improving network management efficiency. Once devices are configured and the network commissioned, a back-up of all the device configuration files can be made and stored. In the event that a switch or router needs to be replaced in service, the saved configuration can be downloaded to the new unit, resulting in a faster network repair.

The new version of WeConfig enables users to configure and maintain cyber security features on devices delivered by the Westermo Operating System (WeOS). Spoofing protection features such as MAC address filters, and the configuration of IEEE802.1x port access authentication, can be deployed and maintained. This helps to prevent unauthorised access to the network. It is also possible to scan and then harden the security features of switches with factory default passwords or which use unsecure protocols. It is possible for the default password of all switches across a network to be changed simultaneously further securing the network from unauthorised intrusion.

For increased network security WeConfig has a configuration baseline feature which creates alerts in an alarm window if changes have been made to network settings. When firmware upgrades are made available to address potential device security vulnerabilities,

WeConfig also features diagnostics to aid troubleshooting should network problems arise. Network failures can be visualised and diagnostic information displayed at the click of a button to enable rapid and effective maintenance.

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