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Converged Industrial Edge

A purpose-engineered, zero-trust network architecture.

Improve the information exchange between IT and operational technology (OT) network devices with the Converged Industrial Edge (CIE).

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What Is CIE?

CIE is a network architecture solution developed by SEL, Juniper Networks, and Dragos. In response to growing demands for better cybersecurity, more automation, and simpler information exchange, these three industry leaders partnered in a common mission to reset the complexity of today’s critical infrastructure networks.

They developed a cloud-native, programmable, zero-trust network architecture solution that not only allows for secure information exchange between IT and OT networks, but also preserves the integrity of each domain’s performance requirements. This solution works for communications circuits that need to traverse domains from IT to OT as well as for IT to IT and OT to OT circuits.

The solution combines the forwarding, automation, and cybersecurity planes using a secure, certificate-protected multisite event bus (MEB), which allows new circuits to be created and implemented in minutes, reduces the potential for misconfigurations, increases system visibility, reduces maintenance and operational costs, and minimizes the cyber-attack surface.

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What Is CIE?

CIE is a network architecture solution developed by SEL, Juniper Networks, and Dragos. In response to growing demands for better cybersecurity, more automation, and simpler information exchange, these three industry leaders partnered in a common mission to reset the complexity of today’s critical infrastructure networks.

They developed a cloud-native, programmable, zero-trust network architecture solution that not only allows for secure information exchange between IT and OT networks, but also preserves the integrity of each domain’s performance requirements. This solution works for communications circuits that need to traverse domains from IT to OT as well as for IT to IT and OT to OT circuits.

The solution combines the forwarding, automation, and cybersecurity planes using a secure, certificate-protected multisite event bus (MEB), which allows new circuits to be created and implemented in minutes, reduces the potential for misconfigurations, increases system visibility, reduces maintenance and operational costs, and minimizes the cyber-attack surface.

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Improved Circuit Provisioning

Previously, to add communications from one device to another meant traversing multiple networks, which meant involving multiple system owners from OT and IT teams. They all had to coordinate to provision the circuit and configure their respective devices along the way. This process could take months to complete and it was prone to misconfigurations, fraught with engineering complexity, vulnerable to cyber attacks, and lacked system awareness.

With CIE, the WAN and LAN devices are incorporated into one deny-by-default, programmable forwarding fabric. Now, the task of provisioning that same circuit is reduced to one operator who is essentially only working with one network. The engineer enters a work order, and because the controllers in the automation plane have total visibility of the devices throughout the network, they are able to provision and test an end-to-end circuit in minutes.