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ISA Announces Safety and Security Track at ISA Automation Week 2011

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (21 September 2011) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) unveiled today the sessions of its Safety and Security Track at ISA Automation Week 2011: Technology and Solutions Event. The annual conference will take place in Mobile, Alabama, USA, 17-20 October 2011, at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center. The Safety and Security Track offers sessions on issues that have affected many industries over the last year, and on the actions automation professionals can take to make their plants and facilities safer and more secure in the future.

The Safety and Security Track sessions include:

  • Stuxnet and Securing Control Systems - Covers the cybersecurity of industrial control systems and how Stuxnet spreads. Discusses how the hacker community has become more intrigued with industrial control systems and constantly searches for vulnerabilities. This session will help attendees plan and protect their critical control systems
  • Safety Instrumented System Applications - Teaches the applications of safety instrumented systems (SIS) in the process industries. Covers retrofitting existing furnace automation in accordance with ISA's technical report "Guidance on Identification of Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) in Burner Management Systems," application of the safety lifecycle to rotating equipment, and mitigating a toxic fume release
  • New Approaches for Detection and Response to Safety Critical Situations -This session on gas detection will inform and enlighten attendees to novel techniques for measurement and annunciation of hazardous conditions
  • Threats and Modeling - Covers the analysis of cybersecurity in the petroleum industry using threat trees. Understanding the threats helps companies ensure that their budgets are spent wisely as they reduce cybersecurity risks
  • The Convergence of Safety and Security for Industrial Controls Systems - Control system design requires attention to both safety and security. As standards develop, security practices and safety practices begin to converge. This session looks at the different aspects of safety and security design and how they are coming together
  • SIS Testing and Documentation Practices - Offers a panel discussion on the techniques that are used for SIS testing, and how the results are documented and subsequently used
  • Industrial Control System Security Standards - Presents a discussion on the current state of control system standards, in particular those produced by ISA. Understanding these standards, as they may be mandated by end-users or governments, is essential. This discussion covers existing and upcoming standards. Also covered in this session is a strategy for defending against today's malware, and SCADA and control system security standards
  • Findings from the Field - Presents what companies are doing with regard to security and the common issues that consultants and regulators find when they perform assessments on industrial companies. Includes panel and open question-and-answer session
  • Partial Stroke Testing of SIS Valves - Covers design issues related to the implementation of partial stroke testing for SIS valves

"ISA has put together another excellent program on functional safety through instrumentation and control. Only ISA can put together this diverse group of experts in a non-commercial forum that provides learning and interactive discussion, resulting in the most valuable conference experience," said Safety Track Chair, Ed Marszal.

"Since Stuxnet was discovered last year, everyone has taken an interest in critical infrastructure security. These sessions will hopefully ensure your company does not become another casualty," added Security Track Chair, Graham Speake.

Complete details of each Safety and Security Track session are available online or at

About ISA Automation Week

ISA Automation Week is a technical conference that includes three full days of sessions; poster sessions; a dedicated Technician Day; an expansive Supplier Showcase; technology solutions theaters on the Supplier Showcase floor offering standards briefings, author briefings and supplier presentations; and networking and social events.

ISA Automation Week Partners include ARC Advisory Group, ExperTune, GE Intelligent Platforms, Georg Fischer Piping Systems, Kepware Technologies, Mitsubishi Electric and Schneider Electric. ISA Strategic Partner, Test and Measurement is Fluke Corporation. GE Energy, Honeywell Process Solutions and OSIsoft, LLC are ISA Corporate Partners. For more information about the ISA Corporate Partnerships Program, visit

For more information about ISA Automation Week, visit

About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation ( is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards, certifies industry professionals, provides education and training, publishes books and technical articles, and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Automation Federation (