Trend Micro, Moxa Form JV to Tackle Security Needs in IIoT

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The major focus of the JV will be on security requirements that are present in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments, such as smart city, smart manufacturing, smart energy, etc

Trend Micro Inc., a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions, and Moxa Inc., a leader in providing industrial communications and networking, have signed a letter of intent for establishing a joint-venture (JV) corporation – TXOne Networks. The major focus of the JV will be on security requirements that are present in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments, such as smart city, smart manufacturing, smart energy, etc.

Trend Micro has identified early on the possible challenges that are faced by IIoT stakeholders. The company has been working on various fronts in order to secure the whole ecosystem, from device to data center. Moxa has expertise in industrial networking and protocol. TXOne Networks will combine the strengths of both companies and brings solutions to the increasing needs of security in industrial industry.

JV will combine strengths of both companies

Commenting on the association, Eva Chen, Chief Executive Officer, Trend Micro, said, “I’m excited about this venture and how Trend Micro continues to take diverse yet focused growth steps that allow our teams to remain concentrated on our core strengths while giving room to better serve our customers and advance into new markets. Partnering with Moxa will combine more than 60 years of expertise to accelerate our ability to view and secure the extended enterprise including these important but often overlooked OT environments.”

Andy Cheng, Strategic Business Unit President for Moxa, said, “With this joint venture, Moxa and Trend Micro will position TXOne Networks as a global leader in the industry to create effective IIoT security solutions that help ensure IIoT applications and critical infrastructures are secure. Industrial automation customers around the globe will be able to reap the benefits of having a holistic OT/IT security solution to protect assets and reduce operational risk.”

The JV will develop endpoint agents, security gateways and network segmentation to control, secure and provide visibility of operational technology and equipment. Apart from investing funds, intellectual capital and dedicated employees, both companies lend complementary channel expertise. Moxa will bring strength of its OT channel partners whereas Trend Micro will bring an IT channel partner strength and collectively these will reinforce the business model and geographic territory targets.

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