3 Ways the Stratix® 5800 Boosts Industrial Cybersecurity
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3 Ways the Stratix® 5800 Boosts Industrial Cybersecurity

2/29/24 | Billy Hayes, IIoT Business Development Manager

As you continue to integrate modern technology into your industrial manufacturing processes, you’re undoubtedly seeing increased levels of efficiency and productivity. However, this also means that many of your devices are more interconnected and can be accessed via your networks. The benefits of new technologies are clear, but also making cybersecurity conversations more critical. Cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated, and industrial manufacturers are seeing increased threats from criminals targeting operational technology (OT) infrastructures that once we considered isolated.

Securing the industrial edge, where IT and OT systems converge, is critical for protecting your manufacturing operations. As advanced tools and products are released, they’re also being designed with cybersecurity in mind. For example, the Allen-Bradley® Stratix® 5800 managed industrial Ethernet switch offers a comprehensive suite of security features designed to fortify your industrial edge against cyber threats.

This blog post explores three ways the Stratix 5800 boosts industrial cybersecurity.

1. Built-in Security

The Stratix 5800 goes beyond basic network switching by including integrated security features that comply with industry standards, including the IEC 62443-4-2 certification, which is a globally recognized cybersecurity standard designed specifically for industrial automation and control systems. This certification means the switch has undergone rigorous testing and meets the highest security requirements.

2. Contain Threats with Segmentation

Network segmentation is an important aspect of cybersecurity. If your system is breached, it allows you to contain the threat to one area and neutralize it before it spreads to the rest of your operations. The Stratix 5800 gives you the ability to segment your physical network and prevent the spread of malware. It’s a layered defense approach that significantly minimizes the attack surface and boosts your overall security posture.

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3. OT-IT Collaborative Defense

Effective cybersecurity requires seamless collaboration between your industrial IT and OT teams. Having silos gives threat actors a greater opportunity to do damage. By supporting both IT and OT configuration management tools, the Stratix 5800 allows for easy collaboration between these two teams. The Cisco IOS-XE operating system allows IT teams to leverage their expertise, while predefined Logix tags and FactoryTalk® View Faceplates cater specifically to the OT team’s needs. The unified platform benefits communication and collaboration and ensures consistent security practices across the entire organization.

More Than Features – The Stratix 5800 Advantage

The Stratix 5800 is more than a simple collection of security features. It’s a comprehensive solution designed to streamline your security posture and improve IT-OT collaboration and communication:

  • Easy Setup and Configuration: Default configurations for industrial applications mean quick deployment and optimized performance, minimizing the burden on your IT team.
  • Proactive Threat Detection: The switch provides detailed insights into network health and potential security issues, meaning you can proactively identify threats and remediate them.
  • Scalability and Flexibility: As your needs evolve, the modular design of the Stratix 5800 gives you the ability to adapt and scale your security posture.

Securing the Future of Manufacturing

Cybersecurity preparedness in today’s digital world is a necessity, especially for industrial manufacturers. It’s not a matter of if a cyberattack will happen, but when. The Stratix 5800 will help you fortify your industrial edge and safeguard your critical operations. But you don’t have to go on your cybersecurity journey alone – Contact us today to learn more or get started.



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