NC Army National Guard honors ISA for providing industrial cybersecurity training at Cyber Shield 2016

Award presentation held at ISA’s North Carolina headquarters 

Cyber Shield 2016 award- NC Army National Guard officers gather at ISA headquarters

A group of ISA staff along with a contingent of NC Army National Guard officers gather for a photo in front of ISA’s headquarters.

On Wednesday, 11 May 2016, The North Carolina Army National Guard presented an award of appreciation on behalf of National Guard Bureau to ISA for its contributions in supporting Cyber Shield 2016, a nationwide training and assessment exercise designed to develop, train, and exercise cyber elements, threat analysis teams, incident handling, reporting mechanisms, and leaders.

More than 1,000 soldiers from the Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Army Reserve as well as airmen, Marines, sailors, and civilians representing 47 states and territories participated in Cyber Shield 2016, held 17-30 April 2016 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

ISA was selected by the National Guard to provide hands-on industrial cybersecurity training based on its ISA/IEC 62443 series of industrial automation and control system security standards. The world’s only consensus-based series of industrial cybersecurity standards, ISA/IEC 62443 is designed to prevent critical damage to the industrial plant systems and networks used in power generation, water treatment, refineries and other vital industrial facilities.

 “I want to thank ISA not only for its contributions in helping to make Cyber Shield 2016 a success, but for its passion and commitment to help protect our critical infrastructure,” said LTC Matt Chytka, Chief Information Officer, NC Army National Guard, speaking to an assembly of ISA staff at the award presentation held at ISA’s North Carolina headquarters. “ISA is acutely aware of the threats cyberattack pose to America’s security and welfare.”

For more information on ISA’s role at Cyber Shield 2016, read the press release.

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Cyber Shield 2016 arward- ISA executives and staff display award by North Carolina Army National Guard recognizing ISA’s contributions

ISA executives and staff proudly display the award presented by the North Carolina Army National Guard recognizing ISA’s contributions to Cyber Shield 2016. Pictured, from left to right, in the front row are: Timothy Feldman, ISA’s Director Global Business Development; Dalton Wilson, ISA’s Director of Education and Certification Services; Patrick Gouhin, ISA Executive Director & CEO; and Anthony T. Fragnito, ISA’s CFO and Acting COO. From left to right, in the back row are: MAJ Robert N. Felicio, Cyber Shield J3, Exercise Control Operations Officer, NC Army National Guard; Vincent J. D'agostino, Jr., Chief Warrant Officer 3, Cybersecurity Operations Manager, NC Army National Guard; Michael Marlowe, Managing Director and Director of Government Relations at the Automation Federation; LTC Matt Chytka, Chief Information Officer, NC Army National Guard; Heidi Cooke, ISA Senior Learning Consultant; Mark Weisner, ISA’s Technical Lab Supervisor; and SGM Larry Wiedel, Joint Forces Headquarters, NC Army National Guard.

Note: Both Cooke and Weisner were highly involved in both preparing ISA for the event as well as coordinating onsite activities. Cooke served as a project coordinator between ISA and the National Guard and ISA’s lead for the onsite and online testing. Weisner designed the training boards, configured the laptops, and assembled all of the equipment prior to the event. He also worked with the instructors and vendors to develop the hands-on labs. At Cyber Shield 2016, Weisner set up the equipment and course materials, and assisted in the presentations and testing.

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Cyber Shield 2016 award- LTC Matt Chytka CIO-NC Army National Guard addresses ISA staff

LTC Matt Chytka (right), Chief Information Officer, NC Army National Guard, addresses a gathering of ISA executives and staff at ISA’s Research Triangle Park, North Carolina headquarters.

During his remarks, MAJ Robert N. Felicio, Cyber Shield J3, Exercise Control Operations Officer, NC Army National Guard, emphasized that the key reason ISA stands out is because of its ability to “take a standards-based approach to training professionals in industrial cybersecurity.”

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Cyber Shield 2016 award- MAJ Robert N Felicio exercise control operations officer-NC Army National Guard at ISA

MAJ Robert N. Felicio (right), Cyber Shield J3, Exercise Control Operations Officer, NC Army National Guard, discusses the scope and significance of Cyber Shield 2016.

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Also addressing ISA staff at the ceremony were Vincent J. D'agostino, Jr., Chief Warrant Officer 3, Cybersecurity Operations Manager, NC Army National Guard, and SGM Larry Wiedel, Joint Forces Headquarters, NC Army National Guard.

“ISA is proud to have been selected as an industry partner for this critical National Guard exercise,” said ISA Executive Director and CEO Patrick Gouhin. “As a global resource for industrial control systems cybersecurity, we are honored to stand behind the men and women who serve in uniform, and we look forward to providing high-quality, unbiased educational content to ensure that their teams can successfully mitigate cyber incidents and protect networks from cyber vulnerabilities.”

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Cyber Shield 2016 award- Mark Weisner ISA Technical Lab Supervisor explains equipment used

Mark Weisner (above), ISA’s Technical Lab Supervisor, explains how some of ISA’s training equipment was used at Cyber Shield 2016.