Rockwell Automation Introduces Industrial Control Devices to Support CIP Security

By Craig Resnick

Company and Product News

Rockwell Automation is introducing its first industrial control products that allows companies to deploy CIP Security in their operations. CIP Security was created to help protect critical industrial communications as part of a defense-in-depth security strategy.  It is designed to help industrial companies use digital transformation to improve productivity and profitability as well as to help address inherent security risks. 

ODVA, a global association of major automation companies, developed CIP Security.  It is an extension to the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP), which is the application-layer protocol for EtherNet/IP.  CIP Security is an industrial automation protocol that supports transport layer security (TLS), a security standard in common use on the World Wide Web.

Users 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 Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Linx communications software allows FactoryTalk visualization and information software running on a PC to communicate to CIP Security-enabled devices.  The new Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Policy Manager tool within the FactoryTalk software is used to implement and configure security policies between CIP Security-enabled devices.

Rockwell Automation has developed these new capabilities to work with existing industrial control devices whether or not they were designed to support CIP Security.  This allows industrial users to phase in security over time and retrofit existing installations.

In addition, the 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. These latest certifications mean the controllers will meet the global standard’s cybersecurity requirements to help companies better secure their connected operations.  The ControlLogix 5580 family of controllers is one of the first that has achieved this compliance.

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