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Digital Transformation Training Series Debuts

ISA announced the release of its new Digital Transformation Training series, a set of courses covering emerging technologies associated with digital transformation. Designed for engineers, technicians, business leaders, and managers engaged in industrial automation and its related fields, the courses teach foundational concepts of digital transformation technologies and show how they can be applied to drive efficiency across multiple industries.

“The ISA Digital Transformation Training series will help organizations cross the chasm on adoption of digital technologies and upskill the workforce across their enterprise,” said Prabhu Soundarrajan, ISA Executive Board member and president-elect for 2024.

“This training is different for two reasons,” said Jeff Winter, director of ISA’s Smart Manufacturing & IIoT (SMIIoT) Division and industry executive, manufacturing, at Microsoft. “First, it’s modular and will keep growing over time. Second, it includes a mix of theory and strategy with hands-on, practical applications related to real-world controls that automation professionals are familiar with.”

The first course, Introduction to IIoT – The Industrial Internet of Things (DT101), is available now. It helps automation, engineering, and business professionals understand the global Industry 4.0 movement and how it is driving businesses to shift toward digital transformation of conventional industrial and manufacturing processes. Trainees will learn about the basic concepts of the Internet of Things (IoT), how these concepts and underlying technologies have evolved, and how they are being applied to industrial applications.

The next two courses in the series, on the topics of big data and data visualization, are under development and are planned be released later this year. Learn more at Digital Transformation Training Series.

ISASecure Announces Certification for IIoT Component Security

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The ISASecure program announced a new ISASecure certification for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) components based on the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards. The IIoT Component Security Assurance (ICSA) certification was inspired by recommendations from a joint study published by the ISA Global Security Alliance (ISAGCA) and ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI).

The certification addresses the urgent need for an industry-vetted IIoT certification program. More information about the ISASecure IIoT Device and Gateway certification program and its basis in the ISA/IEC 62443 series of industry standards is available in a free webinar.

Founded in 2007, the ISA Security Compliance Institute’s mission is to provide the highest level of assurance possible for the cybersecurity of automation control systems. ISCI has been conducting ISASecure certifications on automation and control systems since 2011 through its network of ISO/IEC 17065 accredited certification bodies.

Details of the ISAGCA/ISCI study are available in the Learning Center section of the ISASecure website. The full ISAGCA/ISCI study is available for download.

The Institute was established by major organizations in the automation controls community that wanted to improve the cybersecurity posture of critical infrastructure for generations to come. Prominent ISASecure supporters include Chevron, ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, TÜV Rheinland, Yokogawa, YPF, exida, GE Digital, Synopsis, CSSC, CSA Group, and IPA-Japan. The Institute’s goals are realized through ISASecure compliance programs, education, technical support, and improvements in suppliers’ development processes and users’ life cycle management practices.

ISA and Industry IoT Consortium Partner to Help Companies Secure Industrial Automation Systems

ISA and the Industry IoT Consortium (IIC) announce the IoT Security Maturity Model: 62443 Mappings for Asset Owners, Product Suppliers and Service Suppliers. This new guidance adds the service provider role to the previously published IoT Security Maturity Model: Practitioner’s Guide, explains Ron Zahavi, chief strategist for IoT standards at Microsoft and IoT SMM co-author. It “provides mappings to existing 62443 standards and specific guidance for the asset owner, product supplier, and service provider roles,” he said.

The IoT Security Maturity Model (SMM) helps organizations choose their target security state and determine their current security state. By repeatedly comparing the target and current states, organizations can identify places to make further improvements.

The ISA/IEC 62443 standards are the basis for the guidance. The ISA99 committee developed the 62443 series of standards, which the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) then adopted. These standards address current and future vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACS) and apply necessary mitigation systematically and defensibly. The ISA/IEC 62443 standards focus on maturity, but only on the maturity of security programs and processes.

“Achieving security maturity targets can be difficult to put into practice without concrete guidance,” said Frederick Hirsch, co-chair of the IIC ISA/IIC Contributing Group. “These 62443 mappings enable practitioners to better achieve security maturity by relating IIC IoT SMM practice comprehensiveness levels to ISA/IEC 62443 requirements. In this way, IACS asset owners and product suppliers can achieve appropriate maturity targets more easily.”

Eric Cosman, co-chair of the ISA99 committee, said, “While standards such as ISA/IEC 62443 are needed to codify proven and accepted engineering practices, they are seldom sufficient. Joint efforts such as this provide the practical guidance necessary to promote and support their adoption.”

Pierre Kobes, a member of both ISA99 and IEC Technical Committee 65, said, “It is not about more security but about implementing the appropriate security measures. IoT SMM: 62443 Mappings for Asset Owners and Product Suppliers helps companies select the adequate security levels commensurate with their expected level of risk.”

You can download IoT Security Maturity Model: 62443 Mappings for Asset Owners, Product Suppliers and Service Providers from the IIC and ISA  websites. You will find a complete list of the contributing authors in the document. Work is underway to add the service provider role to the document in a future revision.


Registration Opens for New Fall Conference

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Registration is open for ISA’s new event, which combines ISA’s leadership conference with two days of technical presentations on trending industry topics including digital transformation, cybersecurity, IIoT, smart manufacturing, and process automation. Register at ISA Automation and Leadership Conference.

Plan to attend the live event in Galveston, Texas, U.S. on 7–9 November 2022. You will have the opportunity to network with ISA leaders and automation professionals from around the world and talk to technical subject matter experts from the U.S., Canada, Middle East, Brazil, Malaysia, Spain, and India. For those who cannot attend live, the two-day technical conference will be available virtually.


New CAPs and CCSTs

The following individuals have recently passed either ISA’s Certified Automation Professional (CAP) exam, or one of the three levels of the Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) exam. For more information about either program, visit ISA Certification.

Certified Control System Technicians 

Level 1

Austen Allgeier, U.S.
John Barrow, U.S.
Jeremy Bayer, U.S.
Derek Belkofer, U.S.
Daniel Blackstone, Xcel Energy-Monticello Nuclear Generator Plant, U.S.
Elijah Byard, U.S.
Jordan Cannon, U.S.
Arin Van Culin, Xcel Energy-Monticello Nuclear Generator Plant, U.S.
Eric Curtis, U.S.
Christopher Davidson, U.S.
William Gorman, U.S.
Chase Holsonbake, U.S.
David Hull, U.S.
Darrell Lee Huntoon, U.S.
Keith Ivey, U.S.
Jared Glen Jackson, U.S.
Cody Kell, Cobb County Water System, U.S.
Christopher Lanham, U.S.
Beau Louis Maciej, Xcel Energy-Monticello Nuclear Generator Plant, U.S.
Thomas Mackintosh, U.S.
Brandon McCranie, U.S.
Matthew Alan Morris, TC Energy, U.S.
James Morrissey, U.S.
Nicholson G. Mortejo, C2C Technical Services, U.S.
Daniel Aaron Moyers, U.S.
Scott M. Patterson, U.S.
Justin Pickard, City of Longview, Utility Maintenance & Technology, U.S.
Ronald Reed, U.S.
David Renz, U.S.
Anthony R. Robles, U.S.
Julian Salas, U.S.
James J. Santee, MSD, U.S.
Casey L. Schultz, U.S.
Stephen Shaffer, U.S.
Craig Sheets, U.S.
Ronald Simpson, U.S.
Kenneth Szuba, U.S.
Joseph Nganga Thuo, U.S.
Jared Turner, U.S.
Kyle Willett, U.S.
Gregory Wimsatt, U.S.
Michael Yentsch, Technical Systems Inc., U.S.


Level 2

Timothy Ronald Burgoon, U.S.
John L. Campbell, U.S.
Jared D. Harmon, U.S.
Gregory Koshollek, Fox Valley Technical College, U.S.
Christopher Ranta, U.S.
Todd Vannurden, Xcel Energy, U.S.


Level 3

Robert L. Hopkins, U.S.
Manuel Luis Lombardero, AES Corporation, Panama


Certified Automation Professionals

Abdullatif M. Alsaad, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
Paramjit Singh Anand, India 
Bijoy Balan, Kuwait
Oluwafemi Isaac, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Nigeria
Adnan Ahmad Khan, Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabian Oil Company), Saudi Arabia
Aaron Maclennan, Canada
Tariq Mahmood, General Electric, United Arab Emirates
Heath Pritchett, S&B, U.S.
Renjith Rajendran, Wood plc, Saudi Arabia
Osama Elawad Salih Hussein, Bashayer Pipeline Company (BAPCO), Sudan
Caitlin Sharkey, Thermo Systems, U.S.
Joshua Welch, U.S.

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