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ISA delivers cybersecurity training to U.S. National Guard

ISA delivered hands-on, standards-based industrial control systems cybersecurity training courses at the National Guard Cyber Shield Exercise, held at Camp Atterbury, Ind., 1730 April 2016. More than 900 soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors, and civilians representing 47 states and territories participated in training and testing activities to assess their skills in responding to cyberincidents on the National Guard computer network.

Participants who included representatives from the Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers, marines, sailors, and civilians from state government agencies, federal agencies, industry partners, and academia focused on training cyberteams on network defense, forensic analysis, reporting and mitigation, and incident response through interagency partnerships and collaboration.

ISA was chosen by the National Guard as an industry partner because of its leadership and experience in developing the world's only consensus-based industrial cybersecurity standard. ISA has been developing industry standards for more than 67 years, with 150 different standards in its portfolio, representing the expertise of more than 4,000 industry experts worldwide. Industry standards help automation professionals streamline processes and improve industry safety, efficiency, and profitability.

The ISA99 standards development committee brings together worldwide industrial control systems cybersecurity experts from industry, governments, and academia to develop standards on industrial automation and control systems security, guided by the accredited processes of the American National Standards Institute. The series of standards, adopted globally by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as the IEC 62443 series, provides a flexible framework to address and mitigate current and future vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems. Compromise could result in endangerment of the public or a company's employees, violation of regulatory requirements, loss of proprietary or confidential information, economic loss, or adverse impacts on national security. The ISA standards approach the cybersecurity challenge holistically, bridging the gap between operations and information technology\, and between process safety and cybersecurity.

Given the interconnectivity of today's advanced computer and control networks where vulnerabilities exploited in one sector can impact and damage multiple sectors it's essential that cybersecurity standards be broadly applicable across industries or sectors,  commented Automation Federation managing director Mike Marlowe, whose organization worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to include ISA/IEC 62443 in its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. The ISA/IEC 62443 Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security series of standards is a multi-industry initiative applicable to all key industry sectors and critical infrastructure.

ISA delivered four ISA/IEC 62443 standards-based courses with hands-on labs that support the security life cycle of an industrial automation and control system. ISA also offered dozens of participants the opportunity to pass exams and earn three different cybersecurity certificates.

The National Guard is committed to strengthening network cybersecurity and developing National Guard capabilities to respond to cyberincidents, said Major Robert N. Felicio, Cyber Shield J3, exercise control operations officer, U.S. National Guard. We are working closely with our interagency partners and the private sector to strengthen network cybersecurity and capabilities to support local responses to cyberincidents.

ISA is proud to be selected as an industry partner for this critical National Guard exercise, said ISA executive director and CEO Patrick Gouhin. As a global resource for industrial control systems cybersecurity, we are honored to stand behind the men and women who serve in uniform, and we look forward to providing high-quality, unbiased educational content to ensure that their teams can successfully mitigate cyberincidents and protect networks from cyber vulnerabilities.

The operations technology focused ISA courses include:

  • Cybersecurity for Automation\, Control\, and SCADA Systems (IC32E)
  • Using the ANSI/ISA-62443 Standards to Secure Your Control System (IC32)
  • IACS Cybersecurity Design & Implementation (IC34)
  • IACS Cybersecurity Operations & Maintenance (IC37)

Training course participants also had the opportunity to take an exam to prove their knowledge and earn up to three different ISA certificates:

  • ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist
  • ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Design Specialist
  • ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Maintenance Specialist

These certificates are part of a comprehensive ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Certificate Program, offered to students taking the ISA suite of cybersecurity courses. For more information about all of ISA's cybersecurity offerings, including standards, books, training courses, individual certificate programs, and conformity assessment programs, visit www.isa.org/cybersecurityresources.

To learn more about bringing ISA's automation and control training courses to your facility, or to find out how to take a course online, contact ISA at +1 (919) 549-8411.

To learn more about the National Guard event, see the ISA press release.

New CAPs and CCSTs!

Qualifying for and passing one of ISA's certification exams is a noteworthy accomplishment. The exams are rigorous and require a solid command of various disciplines in automation and control. Below is a list of individuals who have recently passed either our Certified Automation Professional (CAP) or one of the three levels of our Certified Control System Technician (CCST) exam. Congratulations to our new certification holders! For more information about the ISA CAP and CCST certification programs, please visit www.isa.org/training-and-certifications/isa-certification.

Certified Control System Technicians

Name Company Location
Jeremy T. Latchic Dominion East Ohio U.S.
Joseph D. Herder Swanson Flo U.S.
David S. Maguire Calumet Montana Refining U.S.
Justin R. Hensley None U.S.
Mark W. Rogozienski None U.S.
Ivan Garcia Bertel Ecopetrol S A Colombia
Ryan L. Eitniear None U.S.
Brian L. Criad None U.S.
Mario P. Esparza None U.S.
Kelly L. Frye None U.S.
Ronald A. Nelson City of Las Vegas U.S.
Jeffrey A. Wilson None U.S.
Jason L. Clodfelter None U.S.
Erick Quint None U.S.
Arturo A. Flamenco None U.S.
Estevan A. Elisondo None U.S.
Brandy L. Hoffman None U.S.
Norma Jean L. Carlozzi None U.S.
David L. Gardner None U.S.
Jacob A. Christopher None U.S.
Michael Hayes None U.S.
Craig W. Brubaker Orange County Utilities U.S.
Bobby D. Pickelsimer None U.S.
David J. Lowe None U.S.
Michael T. Scott Colorado Energy Management U.S.
James D. Hall Advanced Boiler Control Services U.S.
Matthew Blake Biellier Prime Control U.S.
Jason E. Thomas Advanced Boiler Control Services U.S.
Robert E. Albright M Davis & Sons Inc. U.S.
Jacob M. Lyon M Davis & Sons Inc. U.S.
Jeffrey M. Sullivan Solano Irrigation District U.S.
Amanuel N. Bedada Summa Engineering Ltd. Canada
Matthew J. Davis None U.S.
Jacob R. Matson Prime Controls U.S.
Bradley M. Salter None Canada
Michael J. Doll 3M Co. U.S.
Gary R. Gillitzer 3M Co. U.S.
Glenn A. Troendle None U.S.
Kevin J. Walsh Denver Water U.S.


Certified Automation Professionals

Name Company Location
Ahmed J. Alsaad None Saudi Arabia
Sunil K. Doddi None U.S.
Talal Ahmed Al-Jazzar Saudi Aramco Yanbu Refinery Saudi Arabia
Larry John Shipley None U.S.
Timothy D. Nance None U.S.
Elavazhagan Selvaraj Honeywell Process Solutions U.S.
Gregory L. Maclean None Canada
Ideh Conrad Ebuehi None Nigeria
Chukwuemeka Obed Ebeh Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Ltd Subsidiary Nigeria
Boon Hong Toh None U.S.
Jorge Blanch None U.S.
Abuhanif Bhuiyan None Canada
Michael A. Hamby Aerospace Testing Alliance U.S.
Michael J. Mack M&M Industrial Control Services U.S.
Abdullah M. Al-Bensaad Saudi Aramco Saudi Aramco
Keyvan Moghaddam None Canada
Shahid M. Akhter Saudi Aramco Saudi Aramco
Muhammad Saeed Al-Gahtani Saudi Aramco Saudi Aramco
Kalpesh M. Patel Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia
Abid M. Khan Intech Process Automation Inc. U.S.
Ebere Arize Ogala None U.S.
Georgios Sichanis CH2MHILL International Qatar
Maniyarasu Chinnasamy Kuwait Gulf Oil Co. Kuwait
Andre C. Boyce None Ireland
Mohammad-Hassan Kaghazchi ARC University of Limerick Ireland
Mohamed Ahmed A. Ahmed None Canada
Nikhil Walia None Saudi Arabia
Richard J. O'Reilly Capula U.K.
Mohamed Thouseef Sadiq Ali None Oman
Sarmad Ali None Canada
Justin L. Brockway None U.S.
Cody D. Gray Williams Energy Services U.S.
Srinivasa Reddy Karra None India


In memoriam

Henry Hank Richard Hegner passed away on 5 April 2016 at home. Hegner was an electrical engineer with a master's degree. During his career, he worked for Magyar Associates, ManTech International Corporation, GATX, and Illinois Institute of Technology. Hegner was a very active and dedicated member of ISA, being named ISA Fellow in 1994 for his outstanding achievements in the engineering field. He also earned numerous awards within the society and was elected a past director of the Test Measurement Division and most recently the historian of the Water & Wastewater Industries Division. He especially enjoyed dedicating his time as an instructor for courses helping to develop young engineers.

Victor Joseph Maggioli died on 29 April 2016. Maggioli, an ISA Fellow, graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in electrical engineering and began his 38-year career as an electrical engineer working for the DuPont Company at the Savannah River plant. After working at DuPont, he formed and became president of his own safety consulting firm, Feltronics Corp. Maggioli was a well-known international expert in safety interlock design. He was the founder and chairman of the International Electrotechnical Committee, writing global safety standards for chemical plants, trains, and aviation, with members from 21 nations.

Maggioli was a prolific writer for ISA, including the book Safe Automation of Process Industries. He was the first person who many people in the safety field would call with any question regarding a safety standard or its implementation. Maggioli joined ISA in 1979 and was involved in leadership and with many committees.

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