ISA introduces cybersecurity certificate program
ISA’s new certificate program, the ISA99/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist Certificate, is designed to help professionals involved in information technology and control systems security improve their understanding of ISA99/IEC 62443 principles and acquire a command of industrial cybersecurity terminology.
A cross section of international cybersecurity subject-matter experts from industry, government, and academia developed the series of ISA99/IEC 62443 standards. The standards apply to all key industry sectors and critical infrastructure, with the flexibility to address and mitigate current and future vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems. The certificate will be awarded to those who successfully complete a two-day ISA classroom training course, Using the ANSI/ISA99 (IEC 62443) Standards to Secure Your Industrial Control System (IC32), and pass a 75-question, multiple-choice exam.
Dick Morley joins Memex Automation board
Memex Automation named inventor, entrepreneur, and angel investor Richard E. (“Dick”) Morley to the company’s board of directors. He won the Business Week Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1990 and is the namesake of the Richard E. Morley Society of Manufacturing Engineers Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award. When asked why he joined the company as a director, Morley said, “It is about time that CNC [computer numerical control] machines join the concept of supervisory control and data acquisition in an efficient manner. This team brings the tools, technology, and understanding to connect every machine to management in real-time, showing them how to make more money.”
Siemens introduces Managed Security Service
Siemens Industry announced its Managed Security Service aimed at providing continuous protection to production environments. The service assesses security posture, implements recommended security measures, and transitions into ongoing defense against cybersecurity threats in industrial control system environments.
The Industrial Security Services group expands the existing Siemens security portfolio by providing holistic protection to manufacturing sites. Siemens’ approach is to partner with customers to help them build sustainable industrial security programs and move away from point solutions for security to a comprehensive security program delivered through a managed security service.
Fieldbus Foundation updates specifications
The Fieldbus Foundation announced updates to its open, nonproprietary Foundation fieldbus technical specifications. The new features will enhance the usability of Foundation technology, with the ultimate goal of making the digital fieldbus automation experience easier to use than conventional analog control systems.
The updated version of the Foundation specification includes additional advanced support for fieldbus device replacement and backward compatibility, device description (DD) templates, field diagnostics, and alarm/alert integration. The ability to use these enhanced features is included in the foundation’s new Host Profile C, which will be available for registration in early 2014. The latest features enable host and device suppliers to offer backward compatibility to their users to further simplify device replacement. The incorporation of DD templates is an interoperable way for instrumentation companies to offer a variety of application settings for devices. Suppliers can embed the templates in their DDs from the factory floor. This will make it quicker and easier for end users to access a correct offline configuration.
ASM publishes second edition of HMI Design Guidelines
The Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Consortium released a second edition of its display design guidelines under the new name Effective Console Operator HMI Design Practices. This best practices guidelines book is based on the ASM Consortium’s many years of research in preventing, mitigating, and managing abnormal situations. The book is written for individuals who establish company human-machine interface (HMI) standards, style guides, and information displays accessed by console operators through their control system workstations. This audience includes individuals from both manufacturing and vendor companies who deliver solutions for console operator workstations.
The new edition has consolidated the number of guidelines to 64, compared to 81 guidelines in the previous edition, and has revised more than 50 percent of the guidelines. In addition, the new edition contains a new section on HMI design philosophy and a new appendix summarizing results from an HMI design case study.
Endress+Hauser appoints Matthias Altendorf CEO
After 19 years at the top of Endress+Hauser, Klaus Endress moves to the group’s supervisory board as of 1 January 2014. He replaces President Klaus Riemenschneider, who is retiring after 43 years with Endress+Hauser. The new CEO of the group is Matthias Altendorf, former managing director of the Center of Competence for level and pressure measurement engineering in Maulburg, Germany. He is only the third CEO in the company’s history, which started in 1953, and the first one not coming from the Endress shareholder family.