Rockwell Automation Releases New Proxy to Enable Widespread Implementation of CIP Security

By Craig Resnick

Company and Product News

Rockwell Automation released its new Allen-Bradley CIP Security Proxy, which can help industrial companies to make widespread implementation of CIP security possible in their systems.  Traditionally, industrial networks often had minimal-to-no security built into them. Today, with industrial companies having a more Connected Enterprise, built-in security is required more than ever. The CIP Security Proxy allows users to implement CIP Security on most devices on their network, helping to protect plant operations ranging from new to even older legacy systems.

The CIP Security Proxy helps to provide security to the entire network by working with EtherNet/IP-compliant devices. CIP Security is part of the defense in depth strategy, which can help to defend against attacks where threat actors can remotely access a network and act maliciously. With the ability to provide CIP Security for a single device, a layer of security is added that can help protect the system.

Configuration for the proxy device can be achieved through FactoryTalk Policy Manager software and FactoryTalk system services. In addition, this device supports motion for Kinetix drives and offers a web server for viewing diagnostics. It allows for secure event generation syslog support and includes rotary switches for IP addressing. The proxy device also contains three one-gigabit EtherNet/IP ports and can operate in temperatures from -25° to +70° Celsius adding to the flexibility of use.

The proxy device allows users with non-CIP Security-embedded products to define and implement their unique migration roadmap to a CIP Security architecture. It also provides a path forward for non-CIP Security-capable products. By using this stand-alone, easier-to-use hardware solution, industrial companies are taking another step to obtain a more secure network.


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