January 1st Edition

January 2018

Welcome to InTech Plus, the International Society of Automation’s online eNewsletter that connects automation professionals to all things automation.

Is it time for a change in cybersecurity?

By Peter Fuhr, PhD, and Sterling Rooke, PhD


The increase—in number and sophistication—of cyberattacks on automation systems shows no signs of diminishing. Is it time for a significant change in automation system security architecture and implementation? Read more

Protecting the ICS from cyberthreats

By Eddie Habibi 

In the race to protect ICSs, time is not on our side. As OT professionals, we must connect with our chief information security officers (CISOs), who are often new to the world of OT, and partner actively with them to plan and implement an effective ICS cybersecurity strategy. Read more

Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

Prepare now (yes, now) for the inevitable cybersecurity incident

By Marty Edwards

Organizations that use any kind of automation system need to take proactive, defensive steps immediately to avoid significant business disruption and lost revenue. Read More

Data Integrity: A partnership of business processes and technology

By Bill Lydon

Regulatory focus and expectations are increasing on the data life cycle within the broader area of managing and maintaining data integrity. Automation and IT systems can support a number of the technical and business processes in this area. Read more

Inside ISA


Symposium Chair announced for 2018 ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium, 7-9 August outside Washington, D.C.


The International Society of Automation (ISA) is pleased to announce that Don Dickinson of Phoenix Contact has been named as General Symposium Chair for the upcoming 2018 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium. Read more



Schneider Electric achieves industry-first ISASecure® Level Two Security Development Lifecycle Assurance certification


Based on rigorous assessments during the product development lifecycle, ISASecure SDLA certifications validate that the Schneider Electric solutions developed at certified centers maintain robust security capabilities, even as the products are upgraded and maintained over their lifespans. Read more

Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review


The purpose of an intrinsic safety barrier is to:

A. provide a physical obstruction between the hazardous and nonhazardous areas.

B. establish a central grounding point in the hazardous area.

C. prevent excess voltage or current from reaching the hazardous area.

D. increase the resistance in the circuit to reduce the risk of explosion.

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Want more practice? For more sample questions, check out the ISA Certification Review archives.

CAP Quiz

On-call contract maintenance done by a third party BEST describes

A. Usability.

B. Availability.

C. Integrity.

D. Reliability.

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Will blockchain technology disrupt the ICS world?

By Steve Mustard, PE, Eur. Ing., CEng, CAP, GICSP, FIET, and Mark Davison, MIET


Blockchain technology could disrupt the industrial control system (ICS) world, so it is worth looking now to see what might be coming and how it might affect us. Read more

CAP Quiz

Mobile apps are handy tools when you’re on the go. We have compiled a list of apps that are recommended by our members as being time- and effort-saving resources for automation professionals. Included in the list are engineering calculators and apps for reviewing AutoCAD drawings, as well as apps for specialized tasks, such as heat transfer calculation and decoding a Rockwell programmable logic controller (PLC) status light meaning. Click here for cool tools