News and Press Releases

ISA frequently issues news releases to keep press and industry groups informed about our latest news and developments. Bookmark this page to access all of our latest press releases.

2020

October

September

New ISA/IEC Standard Provides Auditable Approach to Assessing Cybersecurity Risk

  • September 14, 2020
  • News and Press Releases > 2020 > September

August

May

2019

2018

August

<p>{^widget|(widget_displayname)Inline+Image|(imageurl)%7e%2fgetmedia%2f6999a9a1-3309-4b04-b6d1-eadb755516c6%2fMary-Ramsey.jpg%3fwidth%3d200%26height%3d200%26ext%3d.jpg|(name)MVCInlineImage|(alignment)figure--right|(width)|(height)^}Research Triangle Park, North Carolina USA (27 August 2018) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces the appointment of automation industry veteran Mary Ramsey as its new Executive Director.</p> <p>Ramsey, who has been serving as ISA&#39;s Interim Executive Director since January of this year, has more than 25 years of industrial automation experience. She specializes in leadership, change management and strategy development/execution. Prior to serving as ISA&#39;s Interim Executive Director, she served as Senior Vice President of Process Automation, Americas Region, at Schneider Electric, where she was responsible for a $550 million profit/loss statement and 1,200 employees. She has also served as Senior Vice President of Industry Business USA and Senior Vice President of Industry Business Europe within Schneider. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Ramsey held several business development roles within Matrikon International; Instrinsyc; Intellution, Inc.; and GE Fanuc, among others.</p> <p>&quot;Mary is a dynamic, experienced leader with a deep understanding of automation and the industries we represent,&quot; said 2018 ISA President Brian Curtis. &quot;She has proven her ability to think strategically and help the organization align its priorities during her tenure as Interim Executive Director, and we are excited to welcome her on board permanently.&quot;</p> <p>A search committee comprised of nine ISA members and leaders from around the world worked to review dozens of resumes and conduct a series of interviews over the last several months. The committee&#39;s work resulted in a recommendation to appoint Ramsey.</p> <p>&quot;The search committee has dedicated significant time and effort to make this decision. We are confident that Mary&#39;s leadership and extensive experience will serve the organization, its members and the automation community well for years to come,&quot; said Executive Search Committee Chair Steve Pflantz.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s an honor to serve as ISA&#39;s Executive Director,&quot; said Ramsey. &quot;I&#39;m excited to work with staff, members and leaders to bring a fresh perspective to this important organization. ISA is truly unique in its ability to bring the automation community together to solve difficult technical problems and provide leadership on critical issues facing our industries. We have a lot of work to do, and with the help and support of individuals and companies around the world, we will advance ISA&#39;s mission and create a successful future.&quot;</p> <p>Ramsey holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering (BSEE) degree from the University of Kentucky and a master of business administration (MBA) degree with a specialty in finance and strategy from Loyola University.</p> <h3>About ISA</h3> <p>The International Society of Automation (<a href="http://www.isa.org/">www.isa.org</a>) is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.</p> <p>ISA owns Automation.com, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (<a href="http://www.automationfederation.org/">www.automationfederation.org</a>), an association of non-profit organizations serving as &quot;The Voice of Automation.&quot; Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (<a href="http://www.isasecure.org/">www.isasecure.org</a>) and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (<a href="http://www.isa100wci.org/">www.isa100wci.org</a>).</p>

May

<p>Research Triangle Park, North Carolina USA (9 May 2018) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces the third edition release of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.isa.org/store/a-guide-to-the-automation-body-of-knowledge,-third-edition/60891879"><em>A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge</em></a>, a comprehensive, yet practical overview of the essential concepts and processes in industrial automation and the skills required to master them.</p> <p>This new release has been updated to reflect the continuing evolution of digital technologies and their impact on automation processes as well as new automation standards in such areas as alarm management, HMI design and operational technology cybersecurity.</p> <p>The book&#39;s co-editors-Nicholas P. Sands, PE, CAP<sup>&reg;</sup>, Senior Manufacturing Technology Fellow at DuPont and Ian Verhappen, P.Eng., CAP<sup>&reg;</sup>, Senior Project Manager at CIMA+-are ISA Fellows who bring decades of collective expertise and experience in automation standards development, automation competency, safety instrumented systems, alarm management, process safety and industrial communications networks.</p> <p>&quot;Though much of the content of this guide covers the fundamentals of the automation profession, automation is a dynamic field of practice that continues to change through new technologies and practices. That&#39;s why it was important to introduce this new edition,&quot; says Verhappen. &quot;The value of the book remains the same, however, as it serves as a highly applicable, condensed reference guide to established automation principles and practices.&quot;</p> <p>Given its easy-to-follow, plainly written format and approach, Sands says the book is particularly valuable to automation professionals early in their careers as well as to other practitioners in the field needing a &quot;refresher&quot; on certain topics.</p> <p>The guide is also consistent with the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/competency-models/automation.aspx">Automation Competency Model</a>&nbsp;which defines the core skills and knowledge needed to succeed as an automation professional-and relied upon as a study guide for those seeking to gain&nbsp;<a href="https://www.isa.org/isa-certification/certified-automation-professional/">ISA Certified Automation Professional&nbsp;<sup>&reg;</sup>&nbsp;(CAP<sup>&reg;</sup>)</a>&nbsp;certification.</p> <p>To purchase a copy of the third edition of<em>&nbsp;A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge,</em><a href="https://www.isa.org/store/a-guide-to-the-automation-body-of-knowledge,-third-edition/60891879">click here</a>.</p> <h4>For more details, read the informative author interview</h4> <p>For greater perspective on the value and significance of the updated edition and its areas of new and enhanced content, read the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.isa.org/standards-and-publications/isa-publications/isa-books/authors-corner/q-and-a-with-co-authors-of-isa-book-a-guide-to-the-automation-body-of-knowledge/">Q&amp;A feature</a>&nbsp;with both co-editors.</p> <h4>About ISA</h4> <p>The International Society of Automation (<a href="http://www.isa.org/">www.isa.org</a>) is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.</p> <p>ISA owns Automation.com, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (<a href="http://www.automationfederation.org/">www.automationfederation.org</a>), an association of non-profit organizations serving as &quot;The Voice of Automation.&quot; Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (<a href="http://www.isasecure.org/">www.isasecure.org</a>) and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (<a href="http://www.isa100wci.org/">www.isa100wci.org</a>).</p>

2017

2016

December

July