Cisco launches Industrial IoT security architecture

Cisco launches Industrial IoT security architecture

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By Wisse Hettinga

Networks have become the foundational backbone for the OT that underpins critical infrastructure including energy, transportation, and manufacturing. Organizations increasingly require real-time access into the data these systems hold to improve production, manage costs, and enhance safety metrics. To this end, Cisco has introduced an IoT security architecture that provides enhanced visibility across both IT and OT environments, and protects industrial processes.

New systems from Cisco enable the collection and extraction of data from the IoT edge so organizations can increase efficiencies to make better business decisions and accelerate digitization projects.

The volume of cyber security threats within critical infrastructure environments is rising and continues to pose significant human safety and financial risk. “Changes in devices and connections need to be detected rapidly, assessed for vulnerabilities, and addressed before the organization’s security erodes,” states ARC Advisory Group Vice President, Sid Snitkin. Cisco is delivering comprehensive security by converging the IT and OT within security operations centers to provide advanced anomaly detection with built-in threat intelligence.

“Organizations need complete visibility into the most disparate of network environments in order to secure their industrial edge, lower the risk of cyber threats, and optimize industrial processes,” said Liz Centoni, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cloud, Compute and IoT at Cisco.

Securing the industrial network environment

Cisco Cyber Vision is the first software-based security for automated discovery of industrial assets delivered via Cisco’s Industrial IoT (IIoT) networking portfolio. Cisco Cyber Vision analyzes traffic from connected assets, creates segmentation policies in Cisco ISE and DNA Center to prevent lateral movement of threats across the operational environments, and is powered by Cisco Talos’ threat intelligence, providing real-time monitoring of cyber security threats to industrial assets and processes that affect uptime, productivity, and safety.

In effect, Cisco Cyber Vision provides end users with common visibility and analytics spanning OT and IT by automating visibility of industrial devices, securing operational processes, and reducing risk of cyber threats. No longer do you need to inventory assets via clip boards.

Cisco Cyber Vision integrates with the company’s security portfolio by providing device identity to define and enforce policy using granular segmentation via with ISE, as well as asset names and device details for Cisco Stealthwatch to detect anomalies and alert IT.

Data governance from Edge to Multi-Cloud

Integrated with Cisco’s industrial networking, Cisco Edge Intelligence simplifies the extraction of data at the network edge. It streamlines the data delivery to multi-cloud and on-prem destinations to improve the competitiveness of an organization and helping businesses better manage data throughout critical aspects of its life cycle from start to finish.

Cisco has removed the complexity of a multi-vendor, multi-data, and multi-asset infrastructure to deliver simple IoT cyber security solutions that can be managed on any of Cisco’s gateways, switches, or routers, bringing end-to-end security and simplified data management together.

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