Rockwell introduces industrial-control devices for CIP Security


Rockwell Automation is introducing an industrial-control products on the market that allow companies to deploy CIP Security in their operations. ODVA, a global association of the world’s leading automation companies, developed CIP Security, an extension to the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP), which is the application-layer protocol for EtherNet/IP. CIP Security is the first industrial automation protocol to support transport layer security (TLS), the most proven security standard in widespread use online, according to Rockwell.

“CIP Security can protect devices and systems that use EtherNet/IP from some of the top risks in connected operations, such as unauthorized PCs,” said Tony Baker, portfolio manager, security, for Rockwell Automation. “It does this in a few key ways. First, it limits device connectivity to only trusted PCs and devices. It also guards against packet tampering to protect data integrity. Finally, it encrypts communications to avert unwanted data reading and disclosure.”

Engineers will be able to implement CIP Security in their systems through new Rockwell Automation products and firmware updates to existing products such as Allen-Bradley ControlLogix controllers, communication modules and Kinetix servo drives.

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Source: Smart Industry