Westermo has released the latest version of its WeConfig network configuration management tool, which allows users to save significant time and costs when configuring large and complex industrial data communication networks. WeConfig 1.4 not only enables the configuration of these networks to be implemented quickly and reliably, it also features enhanced functionality to bolster cyber security.
WeConfig simplifies 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 easily made and stored. In the event that a switch or router needs to be replaced in service, the saved configuration can be easily downloaded to the new unit, resulting in a faster network repair, helping to save time for maintenance engineers.
The new version of WeConfig enables users to configure and maintain cyber security features on devices delivered by the Westermo Operating System (WeOS). Powerful spoofing protection features such as MAC address filters and the configuration of IEEE802.1x port access authentication can be easily 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 and also for unused ports to be disabled, further securing the network from unauthorised intrusion.
“WeConfig 1.4 is available to users of WeOS devices and is a really powerful tool supporting more efficient network configuration and increased cyber security functionality,” said Bo Jansson, Westermo product manager. “Critically it makes industrial cyber security easier, helping to provide peace of mind for our customers, but it also delivers huge savings in terms of network configuration, commissioning and maintenance time.”
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 1.4 makes it easy to manage a system-wide implementation.
WeConfig also features comprehensive 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.