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Strategic focus on cyber security measures unveiled by Inner Range

25 January 2021

SECURITY SYSTEMS manufacturer Inner Range has announced a new strategic focus on cyber security in the wake of auditing and formalising several existing cyber security measures.

The award-winning business, which has not had a single reported cyber security breach in its 30-year history, has been working with a leading global software service company to develop a comprehensive cyber security governance programme that’s designed to grow and evolve in order to meet ever-changing cyber security challenges.

The new governance programme includes a dedicated cross-functional cyber security governance team, co-ordinated penetration testing of all networked products by independent accredited laboratories, a product development process that includes cyber threat assessment, the deployment of hardened cyber security technologies and, importantly, the supply of cyber hardening installation guidelines for Inner Range products.

Tim Northwood, general manager at Inner Range, explained: “Cyber security is one of the major challenges facing organisations today and it’s critical that networked security and access control systems provide customers with the safest possible solution. Our new cyber governance programme shows our absolute commitment to cyber security, not as an ‘extra’ level of security, but rather as a core element running through every stage of the design, manufacture, installation and management of our security systems.”

Inner Range has released a formal statement outlining its coordinated, strategic measures to ensure the most robust cyber security for customers.

Among the measures detailed is the formation of a cross-functional Cyber Security Governance Committee that brings together senior representatives from R&D, production, technical support and IT as well as the executive leadership team. Members now manage and update cyber security policies and procedures affecting all Inner Range activities in a consistent and holistic way.

Penetration testing

The statement notes how all networked products undergo penetration testing by independent accredited laboratories to assess security and probe for vulnerabilities. Penetration testing has been applied to Inner Range’s IP network-connected products, including Integriti, Inception, Multipath and SkyCommand. The test results form part of the product development process and directly improve the security of all Inner Range platforms.

Cyber threat assessment is included at every stage of Inner Range’s product development process. Aside from penetration testing, strict access control permissions are allocated to source code in order to ensure that only relevant staff have access to code repositories.

Inner Range only deploys hardened cyber security technologies. For example, cloud services Multipath and SkyCommand are hosted in an industry-leading cloud hosting environment that offer redundancy and load-balancing across multiple locations and come with certifications from ISO/IEC, CSA, ITAR, CJIS, HPIAA and IRS 1075.

In addition, Inner Range’s devices use cryptographic implementations, including AES encryption, while system architecture is designed to minimise risk, such as with resilient LAN networks and lightweight real-time operating systems.

Inner Range is now offering cyber hardening installation guidelines for integrators and end users to ensure that systems are installed and managed securely. The guidelines include recommendations around security, network access control, firewalls, identity management and vulnerability management.

*Further information is available on the company's website