Sep 07


Delivering Significant IoT Security Enhancements

By Great Bay Software

Expanded Network Infrastructure Support, Enhanced UX and Data Reporting and Advanced MAC Spoofing Detection

We recently announced our Beacon Product Suite version 5.2. With this release, we deliver new ways for customers to leverage the value of Beacon’s advanced data analytics and bolster their network device security. Available immediately, 5.2 delivers enhanced data reporting, greater network infrastructure support and advanced breach detection. Research firm Gartner says that IoT devices have increased 31% from 2016 to 2017, hitting 8.4 billion connected "things" this year, and that the number will surge to 20.4 billion by 20201. With the huge growth of IoT in all segments – especially in healthcare, manufacturing and finance – we are staying ahead of the curve with continuous product enhancements.

Our Beacon Product Suite leads the industry in enterprise-class device discovery, visibility and control. Beacon’s artificial intelligence expert system-based engine collects and correlates information from dozens of data sources. As a result, Beacon discovers every device – IoT, smart and unmanaged – within seconds of connecting to the network. It provides complete visibility and maintains a rich historical device database in its Warehouse of Context™. Beacon includes the industry’s most comprehensive library of device profiles that allows enterprises to understand exactly what the connected devices is – an infusion pump, a programmable logic controller, an ATM machine, an HVAC system and more.

“With Beacon Product Suite 5.2, Great Bay continues to stay ahead of the IoT security curve by delivering industry leading capabilities to our customers”, said Jim Scullion, CEO at Great Bay Software. “Our strategy is to help enterprises of all sizes get ahead of the rapidly growing threat from the innate security risks of IoT devices. The Beacon Product Suite release 5.2 takes an important step in that direction.”

What’s New in Beacon Product Suite 5.2

Expanded Network Infrastructure Support

  • Beacon Suite supports open, standards based network infrastructure. Its functionality applies to all networked devices independent of vendor and equipment. At the same time, many enterprise network vendors expand their solution capabilities and system interfaces through proprietary protocols. Great Bay develops customized profiles to deepen vendor integration and support beyond just standards based interfaces. With the 5.2 release, we further extend our reach in the enterprise wireless market.

Enhanced Reporting and Enriched User Experience

  • The 5.2 release provides more streamlined access to the Warehouse of Context, enabling deeper reporting on device activity such as profile changes, endpoint connection type and authentication statistics. Through a single management portal customers can more readily gain the big picture view for all devices, enabling faster response times to suspicious events. For example, the new Beacon Heat Map provides a graphical, intuitive and in-depth view of profile variables and changes for every networked device. Flexible data access and view options also enable customers to simplify time consuming tasks such as creating compliance reports or asset inventory lists.


Advanced MAC Spoof Detection

  • MAC spoofing is simple to do and can go unnoticed. Any malicious attacker can easily find and duplicate an authorized MAC address – especially via IoT and other unmanaged devices. However, protecting against MAC spoofing is challenging and often this type of attack goes undetected. With Beacon’s contextual awareness of device profile and behavior, MAC address duplication can be quickly detected and reported. Now with the 5.2 release, device movement, location and IP address can trigger a Beacon event, send an alert and be acted upon in moments.

Our Beacon Product Suite provides organizations complete real-time visibility and control over all devices on the most complex of global networks. For more information about Great Bay Software visit or call (763) 251-1400.


Read the full press release here.



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