Protect a Plant using Cisco Cybersecurity Solutions

Industrial automation TVDA
Published by Schneider Electric


Industrial Automation TVDA based on a Cisco Cybersecurity Solutions

Cisco and Schneider Electric have developed a common Secure Digital Plant solution architecture to provide a robust and security enhanced EcoStruxure™ Plant environment. 

This document makes recommendations for the use of Cisco Industrial Ethernet and Catalyst switches in both Schneider M580 Ethernet RIO and Distributed IO architectures for process and safety control systems. It also brings forward Cisco’s cybersecurity solutions to the EcoStruxure™ Plant environment.

This document is to be used as a guideline to assist both OT and IT in configuring an EcoStruxure™ Plant network. It includes sections on how to configure Cisco Cybersecurity solutions into an EcoStruxure™ Plant environment.

This TVDA includes the main aspects of an EcoStruxure™ Plant topology. The design incorporates:

  • I/O devices running both Modbus TCP and EtherNet/IP, connected to both process and safety PACs.
  • Cisco network switches and firewalls, in both a redundant and nonredundant design, connecting the entire infrastructure.

Protect a Plant using Cisco Cybersecurity Solutions


Visibility of Industrial assets and communication via

  • Reliance on standard, converged networks
  • Network-based security sensors to identify devices and monitor traffic
  • Enhanced protection of the on-premises industrial and cloud system and industrial assets

  • Devices and infrastructure built in a secure development lifecycle and with key security features
  • Behavior analysis and anomaly detection within industrial communications
  • Simple and automated network access control and security policy deployment and enforcement
  • Detect and respond

  • Monitor and analyze telemetry across the network and cybersecurity infrastructure
  • Identify and monitor vulnerabilities in industrial devices and network infrastructure
  • Service and support to deploy and operate

  • Common support for Industrial cybersecurity standards (IEC 62443) and frameworks
  • Deploy confidently with jointly developed TVDA-based solution and reference architectures
  • Cybersecurity services
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