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Rockwell Automation and Cisco release several Converged Plantwide Ethernet network design guides

Rockwell Automation and Cisco release several Converged Plantwide Ethernet network design guides

April 20, 2018 —.Rockwell Automation and Cisco have released network design guides and white papers to help companies connect mobile devices and deploy end-to-end cloud connectivity while maintaining security best practices. The guides are intended give companies best practices for wired and wireless network architectures when deploying cloud and mobile industrial IoT solutions. The free resources are the latest addition to the Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) program.

The Identity and Mobility Services guide aims to help companies connect mobile devices in a way that manages security risks. The guide, based on the Cisco Identity Services Engine platform, supports industrial security by identifying, authorizing and posturing mobile connections at three levels: device, application and user. The guide also helps users establish unified and autonomous WLAN architectures and manage self-service wireless access.

The Cloud Connectivity guide provides guidance for using the FactoryTalk Cloud gateway to establish secure connection from the plant floor to cloud-based applications, like FactoryTalk Analytics for Machines. This end-to-end connectivity is essential to deploying capabilities like remote monitoring and support. The design guide addresses the varying levels of security measures that should be considered for small to large companies.

Rockwell Automation and Cisco also recently expanded their CPwE industrial security design guides.

The Industrial Firewalls guide provides several use cases for industrial firewalls and addresses application requirements, technologies and design considerations. For example, machine builders can learn how to use firewalls to help prevent plantwide traffic from interrupting the performance of their machines.

The previously released Industrial Demilitarized Zone (IDMZ) guide has been updated with new applications for using the FactoryTalk VantagePoint and FactoryTalk ViewPoint software from Rockwell Automation.

CPwE content is intended to help industrial operations design and deploy a scalable, secure and future-ready plantwide industrial network infrastructure. The CPwE industrial security framework, which applies a holistic and diverse multi-layered approach, is aligned to industrial security standards such as IEC-62443 and NIST 800-82. CPwE testing and validation follow the Cisco Validated Design (CVD) and Cisco Reference Design (CRD) methodologies.

Cisco is a Strategic Alliance member of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program. The two companies are working together to bridge the gap between plant floor and enterprise with a common network infrastructure through training, network design and products.

Rockwell Automation and Cisco will demonstrate their network security solutions at Hannover Messe 2018, April 23-27, in Hannover, Germany. Visit the Cisco booth at hall 6, stand G30.


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Rockwell Automation is dedicated to industrial automation and information, making its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis.,  Rockwell Automation  employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

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