Automation Federation News Release
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
Cybersecurity experts from the White House, the US government and ISA to speak tomorrow at Cybersecurity Framework implementation seminar
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (20 February 2014) - High-ranking White House and US government officials, along with industrial cybersecurity experts from the International Society of Automation (ISA), will speak at a free seminar tomorrow examining the details surrounding the implementation of the recently launched US Cybersecurity Framework.
The seminar, co-sponsored by the Alabama Technology Network and ISA’s sister organization, the Automation Federation, will be held from 8:30 to noon at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
The seminar is the first of a series of nationwide meetings designed to educate US industrial and manufacturing leaders and operators of critical infrastructure on the importance of implementing the Cybersecurity Framework and its key components, which include industrial automation and control system (IACS) security standards developed by ISA.
During the past year, ISA and Automation Federation officials have assisted in the formation of the US Cybersecurity Framework-at the White House’s request-because of their expertise in developing the ISA99, Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security standards, known internationally as ISA99/IEC 62443.
The ISA99/IEC 62443 security standards are among the framework’s recommendations because they’re designed to prevent and mitigate potentially devastating cyber damage to industrial plant systems and networks-commonly used in transportation grids, power plants, water treatment facilities, and other vital industrial settings.
Featured on the agenda of tomorrow’s seminar are:
- Adam Sedgewick, Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), who will provide an overview of the 41-page US Cybersecurity Framework.
- Steve Mustard, an ISA99 Security Standards Committee member and a member of the Automation Federation’s Cybersecurity Framework team, who will highlight the value and benefits of the ISA99/IEC 62443 industrial cybersecurity standards.
- Gerald Wilbanks, a former ISA president, who will deliver a synopsis of ISA’s comprehensive industrial cybersecurity resources, which include IACS security standards, training, certification programs, technical conferences and educational tools.
Registration for the event is still open. To register, go online at www.atn.org, or contact Isaac Queen at +1-256-215-4253 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Automation Federation, contact Michael Marlowe via email at email@example.com or by calling +1 919 314 3937.
For more information about the ISA99/IEC 62443 series of cybersecurity standards, contact Charley Robinson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling +1 919-990-9213, or by visiting www.isa.org/standards.
Adoption of US Cybersecurity Framework recommendations regarded as essential to avoid potentially devastating cyberattack
The official rollout of the US Cybersecurity Framework, held last in Washington DC, culminated a year-long, public-private initiative to forge a voluntary how-to guide for American industry and operators and owners of critical infrastructure to strengthen their cyber defenses.
Now, the attention shifts to the framework’s implementation. Without a national cybersecurity plan in place, cybersecurity experts-including those from ISA and the Automation Federation- warn that industrial cyberattack can result in widespread plant shutdowns, operational and equipment failure, severe economic and environmental disruption, and public endangerment.
In 2013, nearly 40 percent of US cyber attacks were targeted to energy infrastructure, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). A power grid interruption as a result of a cyber attack has the potential to cost utilities and other infrastructure facilities millions of dollars in lost revenue, regulatory fines, and additional expenses to restore operations and to improve cyber defenses, not to mention reputational damage.
Though the adoption of the framework is voluntary, DHS has established the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program to increase awareness and use of the Cybersecurity Framework. The C3 Voluntary Program will connect companies, as well as federal, state and local partners, to DHS and other federal government programs and resources that will assist their efforts in managing their cyber risks. Participants will be able to share lessons learned, receive guidance and learn about free tools and resources.
About The Alabama Technology Network
The Alabama Technology Network is a part of the Alabama Community College System and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. ATN’s team of experts helps solve the needs of industry and business through innovative, sustainable, cost-effective solutions. ATN links industries and businesses with resources from our network of universities, colleges, businesses, and government to deliver the training needed to be more efficient, more productive, and more competitive. We partner with the two-year colleges, The University of Alabama System, and Auburn University to provide services through a variety of training options and methods.
Visit www.atn.org for more information.
About the Automation Federation
The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization of sixteen (16) member organizations and five 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.
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) 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 (www.automationfederation.org).