Networking & Security
Networks are constantly growing and evolving, touching almost every aspect of our lives
Our Networking Expertise
Networking has evolved from simply connecting a small number of computers together into something that is entrenched in every business.
Networks have grown and now touch almost every device through-out small to medium enterprise (SME), enterprise and industrial environments.
As the types of networks have grown and changed so has the concept of networking, a one size fits all approach is no longer appropriate, with different concepts, requirements and hardware to connect devices.
Not only do we have a suite of enterprise networking solutions, we also have a history in the Operational Technology (OT) space where ruggedised equipment is deployed in harsh and challenging environments to support your business in getting the required data from anywhere to where you need it.
An industrial communications network is the backbone to providing a powerful and flexible environment capable of enabling your automation, data, critical production, and safety systems in the industrial space.
Enterprise networking focuses on corporate environments. It is well understood that a network provides connectivity to users, devices and services; but the true power of an enterprise network is ensuring that traffic is treated and transported in a timely fashion to get data to those that need it where they need it.
Even the simplest modern networks are growing in complexity, be it providing connectivity in different forms supporting clients through wired and wireless realising more complex concepts; to creating and maintaining a highly available and resilient environment; to maintain your workforce’s experience and success.
Any device connected to a network, or the internet is a potential target of cybercrime or simple unintended uses. IoT and IIoT devices are also vulnerable to targeted attacks. The nature of IoT & IIoT means the attacks differ from the standard enterprise security environments. To ensure IT & OT networks operate effectively and minimise the opportunity for devices to be exploited by third parties with malicious intent, specific OT networking security need to be deployed.
Connectivity opens up the world, granting more people to an ever-increasing pool of data, tools and shared knowledge. This connectivity can come at a price (financial, time, reputation) as Cyber-attacks are on an increase it is no longer simple matter of placing a firewall between the enterprise network and the internet. An enterprise network also needs enterprise grade security to ensure that users are protected on every front, should it be a zero-day attach, denial of service and phishing for user credentials all networks remain vulnerable, the less modern security in-place the greater the vulnerabilities.
Vendor agnostic with Operational Technology expertise
We pride ourselves on remaining vendor agnostic. We propose a customer centric solution based on your unique requirements in both IT and OT networking. We take care to thoroughly understand your needs and ensure solutions are fit for purpose and cost effective. So, you can rest assured your solution is in the right hands.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between IT and OT (Operational Technology)?
In short, IT deals with information and users, while OT deals with controlling and monitoring machines. IT manages the flow of digital information, while OT manages the operation of physical processes and the machinery used to carry them out.
In a workplace with a standard IT network, a system outage is often small and not too disruptive. However, OT networks typically run Process Control Systems (PCS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) that control and monitor production lines or heavy machinery, for example, pumps, variable speed drives, logic controllers, etc. These machines use special communication protocols that are not present in an enterprise network. Even 100ms outages can cause a production outage due to safety systems or aggressive scan timers in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s).
We have deployed OT networks where we have guaranteed 10ms recovery and even 0ms when the need arises, using special protocols and hardware. This means a power outage to a site in the network, which causes a network reconvergence, is not detected by the safety systems or PLC’s and does not stop production.
What industries rely on OT?
• Mining, Oil & Gas
• Power and Utilities
• Chemicals Manufacturing
• Water Treatment
• Waste Management
• Scientific Experimentation
• Critical Manufacturing
• Building Management and Automation
• Building Lighting Controls and Automation
What is IoT and should it be on my technology roadmap?
IoT stands for Internet of Things. And the answer is, yes, IoT and IIoT (Industrial IoT); present business with an ability to automate mundane tasks, increase real-time awareness of sites, devices, machinery and collection of data.
This enables businesses to increase worker satisfaction and productivity while enabling a business to proactively manage equipment and outages.
Working with Progility Technologies
Your leading technology and critical communications partner in Australia
Market leading customer service through our 24/7 Australian based service desk. We are a proudly Australian systems integrator, with a history of over 30 years’ experience deploying emerging communication technologies. We enable critical communications in the moments that matter.
Our experienced technology team can recommend tailored solutions that will meet your needs. We see ourselves as an extension of your team. We will work with you to understand your business pain points and design a solution that suits.
Our solutions are flexible and diverse. Depending on your needs, we can tailor a solution that can include a blend of support, service, maintenance, service level agreements (SLAs) and transition management.