Cisco Drives Security in Modernizing the Connected Grid
Increased Security and Automation Solutions and Services Will Enhance
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/07/13 -- The core mission of
utilities, as well as their regulatory mandate, is to provide safe
and reliable power. Today, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced expanded
solutions and services to help utilities enhance grid operations with
greater levels of automation and security and changing regulatory
requirements. Cisco's strong security knowledge and history combines
a security strategy that addresses both the physical and cyber
security layers, coupled with utility specific service offerings for
the electric grid based on Cisco's Connected Grid Security
Architecture. Cisco also extended its hardened network solutions for
substations to allow utilities better visibility and management of
The Cisco Connected Grid Security Architecture is a blueprint that
simplifies policy administration, strengthens security controls and
gives business more flexibility and increased visibility into
-- Layered Security Architecture
-- A converged security strategy is created across wired and wireless
infrastructures where the communication network serves as a
platform tool to detect, control, alert and mitigate against
-- Context-aware policies are enforced across the entire utility
infrastructure network to meet rapidly evolving regulatory
requirements and correlate directly with potential threats and
-- Cisco Security Intelligence Operation (SIO) is used for real-time
insight into the global threat environment for proactive
-- Physical Security Solutions
-- Integrated video surveillance, physical access control tools
including card readers and sensor networks, for monitoring the
status and location of assets and users.
-- Cisco Services for Grid Security assists utilities in defining
security requirements, developing future-state grid security
architectures, coordinating the deployment and integration of
security solutions, and delivering ongoing optimization and
The Expanded Substation Solution helps bridge the gap that further
transitions utilities to a fully IP-enabled grid
-- Cisco 1000 Series Connected Grid Switches:
-- Compact and cost-effective Ethernet switches bring more reliable
protection and control applications in power substations.
-- Six models are available with 4 port, 8 port, and 16 port
-- Dual Gigabit Ethernet uplinks distribute IEC 61850 protection
communications over station bus and process bus rings.
-- Power utilities can enable the IEEE 1588 power profile for precise
-- Investment protection is delivered for hitless protocol support of
standards such as IEC-62439 Parallel Redundant Protocol (PRP) and
High Availability Seamless Redundancy (HSR).
-- Cisco Aggregation Service Router (ASR) 900 Series 14 port Sync/Async
-- Additional support for RS-232 serial communications to its ASR-903
platform provides flexible and interoperable SCADA communications
across the WAN.
-- 14 Asynchronous RS-232 ports facilitate connectivity to substation
devices that require serial communication.
-- Transport of legacy serial SCADA protocols across IP and MPLS
networks using raw socket feature.
-- Easy integration of legacy serial-based devices with IP-enabled
devices by adding to the flexible set of connectivity options on
the ASR 900 series.
-- Cisco Substation Automation Design and Implementation Guide:
-- Utilities can learn about Cisco tested and validated designs to
optimize network through use cases in validating and documenting
system architecture, configurations, and performance with both
Cisco and third-party equipment.
Lionel Chocron, vice president and general manager of Cisco Connected
Energy Networks business unit: "Enhancements to our Connected Grid
portfolio continue to reinforce Cisco's vision of an IP-enabled grid
-- one that transforms the way energy is produced and distributed.
Through our architectural approach via the GridBlocks reference
model, we are addressing top-of-mind utility concerns around security
and automation. Cisco's new offerings extend our end-to-end value
proposition by delivering greater visibility and control of grid
assets, particularly for mission critical, low latency
communications. These solutions improve grid state awareness and
ultimately reduce cost of ownership from managing multiple networks."
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