Drives and Controls Magazine
Device can implement CIP Security even on older systems
Published:  21 May, 2021

Rockwell Automation has announced a device that allows industrial companies to implement the CIP Security protocol on most devices on a network, helping to protect their operations – even when using older systems. The Allen-Bradley CIP Security Proxy device works with EtherNet/IP-compliant devices to provide security for an entire network.

Traditionally, industrial networks had little-to-no built-in security. CIP Security is part of a defence-in-depth strategy, developed by ODVA, that can help defend against remote cyber-attacks on networks. It can provide security for single devices, adding a layer of security that can help protect systems against cyber-attackers attempting to sabotage equipment, steal recipes, or upload new programs.

The proxy device allows users with non-CIP Security-embedded products to define and implement a migration path to a CIP Security architecture. It also offers a path for non-CIP Security-capable products.

The easy-to-use, standalone hardware device is configured using Rockwell’s FactoryTalk Policy Manager software and FactoryTalk system services. It also supports motion for Kinetix drives and offers a Web server for viewing diagnostics. The device offers secure event generation syslog support, and includes rotary switches for IP addressing.

Rockwell Automation’s CIP Security Proxy device helps to protect industrial systems against cyber-attacks

The device contains three one-gigabit EtherNet/IP ports and can operate in temperatures from –25° to +70°C.

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