White Paper Helps Simplify Network Security Policy Enforcement

Sept. 14, 2015
Deploying identity services helps prevent unauthorized access to industrial networks

The rapid expansion of vendors connected to manufacturer industrial networks is complicating efforts to manage network access security for plantwide operations. A new white paper from Cisco and Rockwell Automation, “Deploying Identity Services within a Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture,” introduces an approach to security policy enforcement that tightly controls access by anyone inside the plant, whether they’re trying to connect via wired or wireless devices.

The approach uses the Cisco Identity Services Engine as part of a Converged Plantwide Ethernet architecture design to centrally manage network access policies, detect unknown or untrusted devices automatically, and enforce authentication and authorization for employees and contractors.
The white paper summarizes key design principles from a comprehensive design and implementation guide on identity services, which is available here.

Source: Rockwell Automation