Siemens RuggedCom CROSSBOW
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RuggedCom CROSSBOW is a proven secure access management solution designed to provide NERC CIP compliant access to Intelligent Electronic Devices. CROSSBOW solution focuses on delivering productivity gains for administrators and users while achieving full NERC compliance in managing, securing and reporting on remote access. The combination of the CROSSBOW Secure Access Management server and CROSSBOW Station Access Controller for local substation access form an integrated, comprehensive solution with a seamless configuration environment.
CROSSBOW addresses the need for utilities to interactively access remote field IEDs for maintenance, configuration, and data retrieval. CROSSBOW allows a native IED application to remotely communicate with its associated IEDs, as if the user were directly connected to the IED with a serial cable or network connection. User access is governed by the appropriate authentication model (e.g. RSA SecurID) and all user activity is logged and reported per the NERC CIP specification.
The RuggedCom CROSSBOW system consists of a central server and a number of clients. The clients are typically user desktops or laptop computers. The server contains the system database, based on Microsoft SQL Server, and manages all connections from the clients to the remote IEDs. The central server supports a high availability cluster configuration for increased reliability. The alternative Application Server architecture also allows for the central management of all native IED applications by locating them on a central server, eliminating the need for client software on the user’s desktop.
RuggedCom CROSSBOW Station Access Controller
CROSSBOW Station Access Controller compliments the product family by providing a solution at the substation for managing local IED access, while maintaining stringent security methodologies in line with NERC CIP compliance and industry best practices. This allows the software to further enhance productivity gains for administrators and users while achieving full NERC compliance in managing, securing and reporting on remote access.