Secure Communications with EtherNET/IP – CIP Security

  • Conference Program
  • Cybersecurity
  • April 9, 2019
  • 10:15 am - 11:00 am

CIP Security for EtherNet/IP devices makes use of the IETF-standard TLS (RFC 5246) and DTLS (RFC 6347) protocols in order to provide a secure transport for EtherNet/IP traffic. TLS is used for the TCP-based communications (including encapsulation layer, UCMM, transport class 3), and DTLS for the UDP-based transport class 0/1 communications. This approach is analogous to the way that HTTP uses TLS for HTTPS.

The secure EtherNet/IP transport provides the following security attributes:
• Authentication of the endpoints — ensuring that the target and originator are both trusted entities. End point authentication is accomplished using X.509 certificates or pre-shared keys.
• Message integrity and authentication — ensuring that the message was sent by the trusted endpoint and was not modified in transit. Message integrity and authentication is accomplished via TLS message authentication code (HMAC).
• Message encryption — optional capability to encrypt the communications, provided by the encryption algorithm that is negotiated via the TLS handshake