Rockwell introduces industrial-control devices for CIP Security

Nov 15, 2018

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. 

In addition, the newly enhanced FactoryTalk Linx communications software enables FactoryTalk visualization and information software running on a PC to communicate to CIP Security-enabled devices. The new FactoryTalk Policy Manager tool within the FactoryTalk software is used to implement and configure security policies between CIP Security-enabled devices. 

Rockwell Automation developed this new capability to work with existing industrial control devices whether they were designed to support CIP Security or not, enabling industrial users to phase in security over time and retrofit existing installations. In addition, Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 5580 controllers will soon be certified-compliant with the IEC 62443-4-2 security standard, building on the IEC 62443-4-1 certification that the Rockwell Automation Security Development Lifecycle has already received. 

This latest certification means the controllers will meet the global standard’s robust cybersecurity requirements to help companies secure their connected operations. The ControlLogix 5580 family of controllers is one of the first platforms on the market to achieve this compliance.

 

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