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Cisco introduces IIoT security architecture

IIoT security architecture

Strengthening Security 

The networking giant, Cisco has launched an IIoT security architecture that provides enhanced visibility across both IT and OT environments, and protects industrial processes. This security architecture includes Cisco Cyber Vision and Cisco Edge Intelligence software-based services that will provide enhanced visibility, analytics, automation, and security. Cisco’s new solutions enable data from the IoT edge to be collected and processed so that companies can improve efficiencies to make better business decisions and accelerate digitization projects.

“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.

The role of Cisco Cyber Vision and Cisco Edge Intelligence

Cisco Cyber Vision analyzes traffic from connected assets and then establishes segmentation policies which are implemented with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) and Cisco DNA Center, a network management framework to prevent lateral movement of threats through IoT environments. Using Cisco Edge Intelligence software, Cisco Cyber Vision also extracts data at the network edge. It integrates with leading SIEM platforms, such as IBM QRadar and Splunk, so organization can collect all OT events in their IT SOC and build a unified IT-OT security program. The key goal of the IIoT security architecture is to remove the complexity of a multi-vendor infrastructure to simplify IoT cybersecurity that can be managed on any of Cisco’s gateways, switches, or routers.

“It’s really a holistic IoT security architecture with Cyber Vision at the center of it all and integrated with our robust portfolio on the IT side,” said Cisco’s Director of global IoT, Joe Malenfant. He further added, “Digitization is letting companies take what they are doing on the OT side and connect it with the IT side because that network is getting more robust and smarter.”

Expanded Product line

In the last year, Cisco went big with its partners in IoT space. The company rolled out an expanded product line that expanded its networking capabilities to the IoT edge and introduced a brand-new set of resources for partners, including a formal IoT partner program.