TXOne Networks and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. have signed a long-term cooperation agreement covering technology development and marketing, with a goal of expanding both companies’ operational-technology (OT) security businesses.
TXOne Networks’ Americas HQ is located in Irving. Mitsubishi Elecric is a global Japanese company with a regional headquarters in Houston.
“As cyber threats continue to evolve, TXOne remains committed to fortifying the industrial landscape with pioneering OT security solutions,” TXOne Networks CEO Dr. Terence Liu said in a statement. “The collaboration between Mitsubishi Electric and TXOne Networks creates a unique value with our deep-rooted expertise in both IT and OT, forming comprehensive and holistic security services to safeguard manufacturing assets against the ever-evolving cyber risks at once. Our mutual dedication empowers industries to thrive securely in this digital age.”
The companies said that OT and industrial control systems in manufacturing sites are often operated in closed environments, with IT and OT systems separated from each other.
The emergence of the internet of things (IoT) and digital transformation (DX), however, is enabling convergence between these two domains.
As a result, the companies said that cyberattacks targeting manufacturing sites in industries such as semiconductors and automobiles have increased. The attacks have led to production disruptions and highlight the growing need for more robust security measures in factories, they said.
TXOne opened its Americas HQ in Las Colinas last year
TXOne was launched in 2019 as a joint venture between Japan-based Trend Micro, which also has its U.S. headquarters in Irving, and Taiwanese automation solutions firm Moxa. With offices in Taipei City, Taiwan; Tokyo; and The Netherlands, the company opened its America HQ at the Urban Towers complex in the Las Colinas development in June 2022—a move TXOne said would bolster its channel and customer support activities by putting it in close proximity to tech-focused and Fortune 500 companies.
Protecting manufacturing from cyberattacks
Through their newly announced collaboration, the companies seek to create innovative new value in OT security by combining Mitsubishi Electric’s assessment, maintenance and operation services as well as control equipment and systems with TXOne’s OT security products.
The new OT security solutions are expected to improve manufacturing productivity, efficiency and safety as well as security levels throughout the supply chains of various industries, the companies said.
Mitsubishi Electric offers comprehensive OT security solutions to protect manufacturing sites from cyberattacks and it has cultivated extensive experience in IT security technology for the financial industry and other sectors. The company has developed in-depth knowledge of control equipment and systems, especially for manufacturing, which it provides through a full range of services, from assessment and consulting to countermeasures and operational support.
TXOne provides OT security solutions that enable manufacturers to comply with security guidelines, such as the semiconductor sector’s SEMI E187 specification.
The company said its OT-native network segmentation and defense technologies enable customers to mitigate the impact of cyberattacks. Based on a principle of “OT Zero Trust,” TXOne said it adapts to the unique characteristics of each OT environment to deliver cybersecurity solutions that support secure production operations.”
“We look forward to creating new value in OT security by combining OT technology and expertise for manufacturing, infrastructure and building automation with security technology for information systems,” Kunihiko Kaga, Mitsubishi Electric’s representative executive officer and Industry and Mobility Business Area owner, said in a statement.
“With the continued evolution of DX and the increasing sophistication and complexity of cyberattacks, OT security measures must extend from the information communication layer to the control communication layer and deeper into the network layer,” Kaga added. “We’re confident that our synergy with TXOne’s OT network segmentation and defense technologies will enable us to contribute to greater safety and security in OT environments and the world beyond.”
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