ISA Releases New Whitepaper Exploring Convergence, Integration, and Security for IT and OT

  • November 16, 2020
  • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

The whitepaper outlines why organizations need to move beyond IT/OT convergence to ensure full integration—for enterprise security.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced the release of its latest whitepaper, “Information Technology and Operations Technology: Beyond Convergence.”

Now available for download at, the whitepaper begins by addressing the different approaches and priorities of security for information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT). It also explores why IT and OT can no longer be considered separately—especially when it comes to security—and it outlines the steps necessary for organizations to advance their IT/OT integration efforts.

Key highlights include:
  • ISA’s definitions for information technology and operations technology
  • Examples of ways that the modern, interconnected world has changed traditional IT and OT security priorities and approaches, as well as five trends that complicate these shifts
  • A road map for moving organizations from isolation to convergence to integration
“The priorities and approaches of information technology and operations technology have begun to overlap in this increasingly connected world,” says Mary Ramsey, ISA executive director. “ISA’s latest whitepaper is an excellent resource for anyone who understands the importance of working together across teams to ensure strong cybersecurity at the organization level.”

“Information Technology and Operations Technology: Beyond Convergence” can be accessed by filling out a form at  

About ISA

The International Society of Automation ( is a non-profit professional association founded in 1945 to create a better world through automation. ISA advances technical competence by connecting the automation community to achieve operational excellence. The organization 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.

ISA created the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance ( to advance cybersecurity readiness and awareness in manufacturing and critical infrastructure facilities and processes. The Alliance brings end-user companies, automation and control systems providers, IT infrastructure providers, services providers, and system integrators and other cybersecurity stakeholder organizations together to proactively address growing threats.

ISA owns, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (, an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute ( and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (