Rockwell’s Cloud, Mobile Security Guides

Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:04 PM gHale

Mobile and cloud connectivity are the new normal in industrial operations, but the catch is cyber attacks can take advantage of these new connections to steal product recipes or take control of a site.

Along those lines Rockwell Automation and Cisco released network design guides and white papers to help companies connect mobile devices and deploy end-to-end cloud connectivity.

The guides give companies best practices for wired and wireless network architectures when deploying cloud and mobile industrial IoT solutions. The resources are the latest addition to the Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) program.

The new Identity and Mobility Services guide will 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 new Cloud Connectivity guide provides guidance for using the FactoryTalk Cloud gateway to establish a more secure connection from the plant floor to cloud-based applications, like FactoryTalk Analytics for Machines.

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