Rockwell Automation has introduced the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5950 security appliance, which incorporates new security technologies to help protect plant-floor systems.
The device uses Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) firewall and FirePOWER technology to create a security boundary between cell/area zones or to help protect a single machine, line or skid. This supports compliance with IEC 62443. The device also uses deep-packet-inspection (DPI) technology. Developed in collaboration with Cisco, the DPI technology enables inspection of the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) and other industrial protocols.
It includes four 1-gigabit Ethernet ports and is available with copper-and-fiber or copper-only, small form-factor pluggable (SFP) slot options. The industrially hardened device is IP30-rated and can withstand electrical shocks, surges and noise. It can operate in temperatures ranging from minus 40 to 60 degrees Celsius.
An optional subscription license is available with the device. Similar to a PC-based anti-virus service, subscribers will receive ongoing threat and application-signature updates to help protect against the latest known security threats.