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Cisco Industrial Automation Solution At-a-Glance

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Updated:May 21, 2020

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Improve business operations by securely digitizing production environments

The Cisco® Validated Design (CVD) for Industrial Automation is your key to digitizing industrial production environments in order to significantly improve business operation outcomes. It provides network and security design and implementation guidance for production environments, including manufacturing, oil and gas, substation automation, mining and water treatment. The solution supports resilient, secure connectivity to Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) and devices core to the operational environment and the personnel maintaining the environment.

Use this secure networking solution for the following applications:

      Connectivity of IACS devices, including sensors, actuators, and controllers; and assets such as robots, CNC machines, tools, process skids, and RTUs

      Secure production environments thru plant and cell/area zone segmentation, anomaly detection and policy deployment and enforcement

      Provide OT personnel visibility and continuous monitoring of the network and security status of the IACS devices and communication

      Enable remote access to production assets and personnel to improve uptime

      Support plant-wide applications such as manufacturing execution systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), historians, asset management

      Implement relevant network services, including DNS, DHCP, sitewide Precise Time distribution

      Enable IoT applications with Edge Compute such as predictive analytics and maintenance, Digital Twin, and machine learning and optimization

The Cisco Industrial Automation validated solution can help you securely converge IT and OT operations through a partner and Cisco validated approach and architecture.

Industrial Automation Architecture


Secured connectivity of industrial automation systems:

      Improves Operational Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and asset utilization through increased production availability and asset visibility

      Reduces risk to the production environment through industry-leading industrial cyber security

      Reduces product defects through early indication of quality-impacting events or conditions

      Enables faster deployment and troubleshooting of equipment

      Drives innovation with production environments ready for edge- intelligent IoT applications

Drive significant operational improvements with a leading industrial automation solution set

Are your core production and operational process systems disconnected and in un-secured operational silos? Get the assurance you need by using Cisco Industrial Automation’s premier integration of IT expertise with OT requirements and applications. Then you can deploy the technology for connecting, securing, and starting industrial IoT-based improvements.

For additional information, visit www.cisco.com/go/iotcvd.

What’s new in the solution:

      Support for Oil and Gas Process Control and Refineries wireless networks integrating the new IW6300 Intrinsically safe Wi-Fi access points backhauling wireless sensor traffic

      Expanded resiliency and security support with Cisco Software-Defined Access ready infrastructure Catalyst IE3200, IE3300, IE3400 and IE3400 Heavy (IP67)

      Integrated Cisco’s Cyber Vision OT focused industrial cybersecurity visibility and monitoring

Confidently deploy networks and security in production environments

The Cisco Industrial Automation validated solution is unique and distinguished in the marketplace, integrating industry-leading IT expertise with OT requirements and applications. Using this solution gives customers, partners, and system implementers the confidence to deploy Cisco’s networking and security technology in any industrial automation setting.

This unique solution outlines how to achieve a set of key OT requirements:

      High availability for all key industrial automation systems and services

      IT-preferred security architecture that integrates OT context and is applicable to Industrial applications

      Converged network to support communication from sensor to cloud

      Reliance on open standards to ensure vendor choice and protection from proprietary constraints

      Deploy IOT applications with support for Edge Compute

      Continuous cybersecurity monitoring of IACS devices and communications

      Secure production environments with firewall based Industrial De-Militarized zone and easy-to-deploy, TrustSec-based micro-segmentation for cell/area zones

      Distribute Precise Time across the site to support Motion applications and Schedule of Events data collection

      Real-time, deterministic application support with low network latency and jitter for the most challenging applications, such as motion control

      Deployable in a range of industrial environmental conditions with industrial-grade as well as COTS IT equipment

      Scalable from small (tens to hundreds of IACS devices) to very large (thousands to 10,000s) deployments

      Intent-based manageability and ease of use to facilitate deployment and maintenance, especially by OT personnel with limited IT capabilities or knowledge

Proven to work with industrial vendors, including Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Mitsubishi Electric, Emerson, Honeywell, Omron, SEL, and Yokogawa. A broad set of customers from industries such as automotive, high technology, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), pharmaceutical, food and beverage, utilities, and oil and gas have utilized the solution.

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