Belden Debuts Tofino Xenon Industrial Security Appliance for Energy Sector

Industry Leader Delivers Groundbreaking Cyber Security Solution

St. Louis, Missouri - May 10, 2016 - Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, today announced that the Tofino Xenon Industrial Security Appliance now supports two of the most widely used energy-specific communication protocols. This new solution reduces the time and resources required to protect energy power generation and transmission substations from cyber security threats.

The Tofino Xenon Industrial Security Appliance provides an advanced industrial solution that solves many of the most challenging energy-specific cyber and physical security challenges. The easy-to-deploy appliance protects against malicious and unauthorized access, improves Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system reliability, provides greater security control for ICS devices, and supports more industrial protocols than any other device available. The appliance meets and exceeds security standards from the International Society of Automation’s (ISA) IEC-62443 program, as well as the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) requirements, version five and the new version six standard. It also meets the Department of Homeland Security’s directive to effectively isolate mission-critical systems so that unsafe network protocols are not allowed.

“Protecting the critical infrastructure that drives our nation’s substations and power generation systems requires an industrial-focused solution,” said Rekha Shenoy, vice president and general manager of cyber security for Belden. “Belden is uniquely positioned to deliver cyber security solutions designed to address the requirements of special purpose networks in the energy industry.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the cyber attacks against the energy sector are increasing. ICS-CERT has found that more of these attacks are making it through to the control layer of energy networks. Attacks against the control layer can allow attackers to compromise the reliability, availability and safety of mission-critical infrastructure. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) standard is being used to protect IT systems on energy sector networks. However, the power generation and transmission substations on special purpose networks require a purpose-built cyber security solution.

The Tofino Xenon Industrial Security Appliance is a versatile, extremely rugged device that ensures maximum data protection for production energy systems as part of an defense in-depth strategy. The appliance is ideal for control professionals because it is designed to be installed in a live network with:

  • No pre-configuration.
  • No network changes.
  • No plant downtime.

In addition, the Tofino Xenon Industrial Security Appliance solution is easy for operations and maintenance staff to install and operate; no specialized information technology training is required.

This release of the Tofino Xenon Industrial Security Appliance is part of Belden’s cyber security initiative. The initiative brings together three trusted Belden brands – Tripwire, Tofino Security and GarrettCom – to form comprehensive industrial cyber security solutions. These solutions will eventually encompass all Belden brands and deliver solutions designed to protect all layers of industrial systems, including networks, controllers and endpoints.

Reader enquiries

P.O. Box 9
+31 77 387 8555

Notes for editors

An early innovator in industrial Ethernet, Belden knows Industrial IT and is delivering the next generation of industrial networking solutions. Its global brands – Hirschmann, GarrettCom and Tofino Security – are leading the way in the adoption of industrial Ethernet. With a purpose-built portfolio, Belden’s wired, wireless and embedded products deliver the highest confidence of reliability, availability and security. In addition, excellent warranties and dedicated customer support minimize downtime, protect critical infrastructure and provide peace of mind.

About Belden

Belden Inc., a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at; follow us on Twitter: @BeldenInc.

Belden, Belden Sending All The Right Signals, Hirschmann, GarrettCom, Tofino Security and the Belden logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Belden Inc. or its affiliated companies in the United States and other jurisdictions. Belden and other parties may also have trademark rights in other terms used herein.

Editorial enquiries

Berry Medendorp


Nancy van Heesewijk

+31 164 317 018




More news from