Digital companies benefit from a new version of Network Management System

 Nuremberg, Germany. With the new version V1.0 SP1 of Sinec NMS Network Management System, Siemens is offering even more opportunities for the management of large data volumes and complex network structures as well as an overview of securityrelated network topics. V1.0 SP1 provides central, policy-based firewall and Network Address Translation (NAT) management for the convenient configuration of firewall components from a central point. In addition, Sinec NMS now supports the central documentation of user activities via audit trails. With Sinec NMS V1.0 SP1, tens of thousands of devices can be centrally monitored, managed and configured in any industrial sector in networks of different sizes and with varying segmentation.

As in all previous versions, Sinec NMS V1.0 SP1 complies with security directive IEC 62443 (directive, i.a. for user role management and system security through encrypted data transmission). The new features are firewall and NAT management. The firewall is configured via a graphic description of the permitted communication relationship in the network, from which the system automatically generates the corresponding device-specific policies. If no translation of IP addresses is required, firewall management can also be used independently of the NAT function. NAT, however, facilitates especially the connection of series machines with identical IP addresses to overlaid networks.

 Automatic documentation

With the local documentation function, user activities are documented with a time stamp. This means that audit log entries can be retraced, providing considerable savings in time and effort, e. g. for audits, and also ensures the audit compliance of the data. The audit information is available for analysis by other central systems such as a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system via the Syslog interface in Sinec NMS. In addition to audit log entries on user activities, system events such as network alarms can also be forwarded via Syslog.