Automation Federation News Release
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
+1 919-990-9287
jenniferinfantino@automationfederation.org

Automation Federation and Southern Polytechnic State University to co-sponsor Cybersecurity Framework seminar 22 July 2014 in Marietta, Georgia, USA

Fourth in a series of free seminars focusing on role of US Cybersecurity Framework in better protecting critical infrastructure from industrial cyberattack

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (18 April 2014) — The Automation Federation and Southern Polytechnic State University will co-sponsor a free seminar 22 July 2014 on the university’s Marietta, Georgia campus  to educate area business and manufacturing leaders on the value and importance of the recently launched US Cybersecurity Framework.

A key contributor to the development of the framework, the Automation Federation
is helping to organize a series of informational meetings across the US in 2014 to raise awareness around the need to put the framework’s guidelines into action and improve America’s defenses against industrial cyberattack.

As the umbrella organization of the International Society of Automation (ISA), the Automation Federation in 2013 worked with cybersecurity experts at the White House, the US Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to incorporate ISA’s internationally recognized industrial automation and control systems security standards (IACS) within the US Cybersecurity Framework.

ISA’s cybersecurity standards—known as ISA/IEC 62443—are designed to mitigate the effects of cyber damage to industrial plant systems and networks (commonly used in transportation grids, power plants, water treatment facilities and other vital industrial settings), thereby preventing widespread plant shutdowns, operational and equipment failure, severe economic and environment disruption, and serious risks to the public.

Registration for the July seminar, titled Cybersecurity Framework for Protecting our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure, is limited. Interested persons are encouraged to register as soon as possible by contacting Jennifer Williams by phone at +1-678-915-7240 or via email at Jwilli42@spsu.edu.

Date: 22 July 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Southern Polytechnic State University
Joe Mack Wilson Student Center (Building A) Theater
1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA  30060

A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided at 8:00 a.m. by Southern Polytechnic State University.

About Southern Polytechnic State University
Founded in 1948, Southern Polytechnic State University is a residential, co-educational member of the University System of Georgia where students study the sciences and technologies in a unique, practical manner and gain an education that is career based and balanced.

Approximately 5,500 students  from a total of 36 US states and from more than 64 countries study at the university. Degree programs in liberal arts, sciences, education, computing, business, engineering technology, engineering, and architecture are all technologically focused.

Located on 203 acres of naturally wooded landscape in the historic city of Marietta, Southern Polytechnic State University is approximately 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta.  

For more information, visit www.spsu.edu/aboutus.

About the Automation Federation
The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization of 16 member organizations and six working groups engaged in automation activities. The Automation Federation enables its members to more effectively fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is the “Voice of Automation.” For more information about the Automation Federation, visit www.automationfederation.org.