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New White Paper: Implementing an Industrial Cybersecurity Program for Your Enterprise

  • January 11, 2022
  • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance (ISAGCA), with contributing author Gary Rathwell, have released a new white paper entitled, “Implementing an Industrial Cybersecurity Program for Your Enterprise.”

ISA/IEC 62443 provides powerful tools to reduce the risk of financial, reputational, human, and environmental impact from cyber-attacks on Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS). ISA/IEC 62443 has been categorized as a “horizontal standard” by the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC), validating its applicability for a wide range of industries. Any specific company is likely to find that while most of the standard applies to their IACS, parts of it may not. For example, some “normative requirements” that are appropriate for an interstate pipeline, may not be relevant to a chemical plant or a discrete manufacturing facility. There are also obvious differences between a large-scale corporation with many sites and thousands of employees, and a small company with a few dozen staff.

It is therefore recommended that each company establishes their own IACS Cybersecurity Program to manage cybersecurity risks, and ISA/IEC 62443 2-1 provides guidance on how to establish such a security program for IACS asset owners.

The white paper is intended to summarize the guidance from the series of standards and address the specific needs of owner/operators of industrial facilities. The paper covers the following topics:

  1. What is an IACS cybersecurity program?
  2. Preparing an IACS cybersecurity program
  3. How does an IACS cybersecurity program relate to IT cybersecurity?
  4. Costs and benefits of an IACS cybersecurity program
  5. What to do next
“Creating an IACS cybersecurity program is approachable, and companies should be working with their vendors and partners to build such a program if they don’t already have one in place,” said contributing author Gary Rathwell. “This paper gives a foundation for building a program, and there is no time to waste for companies and organizations looking for protection from, and mitigation of, cyber incidents.”

The white paper is available to download here.

In the coming months, ISAGCA plans to publish additional white papers intended to guide IACS vendors, suppliers of IACS products and services, integration/engineering services, and other stakeholders as they prepare IACS cybersecurity programs within their facilities and operations.

About ISAGCA
The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance (ISAGCA) is a collaborative forum of member companies that aim to advance cybersecurity awareness, education, readiness, and knowledge sharing industry-wide, on a global scale. The alliance’s objectives include expanding the development and use of the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards, knowledge-sharing in an open environment, providing best practice tools to help companies secure their infrastructure, creating education and certification programs, and advocating for cybersecurity awareness and sensible approaches with world governments and regulatory bodies.

About ISAGCA Members
The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance is made up of 50+ member companies, representing more than $1.5 trillion in aggregate revenue across more than 2,400 combined worldwide locations. Automation and cybersecurity provider members serve 31 different industries, underscoring the broad applicability of the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards. Current members of ISAGCA include 1898 & Co. (Burns McDonnell), ACET Solutions, aeSolutions, Baserock IT Solutions, Bayshore, Carrier Global, Claroty, ConsoleWorks, Coontec, CyberOwl, CyPhy Defense, Deloitte, Digital Immunity, Dragos, Eaton, exida, Ford Motor Company, Fortinet, Fortress InfoSec, Honeywell, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho State University, ISASecure, Johns Manville, Johnson Controls, KPMG, LOGIIC, Mission Secure, MT4 senhasegura, Munio Security, Nova Systems, Nozomi Networks, PAS, PETRONAS, Pfizer, Purdue University, Radiflow, Redacted, Red Trident, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, Surge Engineering, TDI Technologies, Tenable, TI Safe, Tripwire, TXOne Networks, UL, Wallix, WisePlant, Xage Security, and Xylem. For more information about ISAGCA, visit www.isa.org/isagca.