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AMX Furthers Industry Leadership in AV Security
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
NetLinx® NX Platform Fortified with Network Security Enhancements

ORLANDO, FL – June 17, 2015 – At InfoComm 2015, AMX®, a member of the HARMAN professional family, announced a major security upgrade to our popular NX Platform, including NetLinx® NX Integrated Controllers, Enova® DGX Digital Media Switchers, Enova DVX All-in-One Presentation Switchers and Massio® ControlPads. This adds features which meet the latest security standards expected by the IT industry for any equipment running on an enterprise network, including central management of users, permissions, passwords, levels of system access, audit logs and reporting. This makes the system more secure, accountable and simple to manage.

New NX platform permission groups can be customized according to organization security policies. These permission groups can contain multiple levels of access, including user level access from the touch panel, management web pages and control system services based on user permissions. Expanded permissions can be hosted locally on the central (or integrated) controller, or can be centrally managed through Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to existing directory services including Microsoft Active Directory. Customers can also leverage this new feature to manage access to the control system in the room, with users entering their network credentials to access certain features of the control system. Customer defined user access to AV assets to be secured at the room user level can be implemented simply by accessing the existing directory services already in place in an organization using administratively defined roles to match user permissions to use requirements.

In addition, AMX expanded the NX event types captured in logs to meet IT industry standards, such as ISO 27000. Any data or events that occur with the control system can be taken from the NetLinx program and added to a log. AMX also added support for Syslog, a widely used standard for message logging, which consolidates all IT logs in a central repository. Records are stored and retrieved locally or by a centrally managed Syslog server. In addition, NX will log all administrative actions, including attempts to access secure masters, logon attempts, user permission modifications, firmware/software updates, reboots and startups.

Secure communication channels have been added such that the NX platform now communicate with hosted services over secure sockets on public or private infrastructure providing secure machine-to-machine communication using HTTPS and secure telnet. Now you can exchange data securely between NX controllers and servers like hosted services or SQL databases. Also NX processors that communicate with a device using NetLinx control code now use secure encrypted protocols like Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTPS) and Secure Shell (SSH).

"Network security is a serious consideration for IT Managers. We also take this concern equally seriously and have invested heavily to enhance security as attacks become more sophisticated. As a result, we've introduced some of the most advanced features to keep up with the latest standards for network security," said, Robert Noble, Chief Technology Officer, AMX.

Additional Details
For more details, please visit AMX at HARMAN Professional InfoComm Booth #2218.
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