Cisco Drives Security in Modernizing the Connected Grid

Cisco Drives Security in Modernizing the Connected Grid 
Increased Security and Automation Solutions and Services Will Enhance
Utility Operations 
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 grid.  
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
        business rules.
    --  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
        managed se

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
    Interface Module:
    --  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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