September 2008

Seeking security gurus

The technical steering committee of the ISA Security Compliance Institute wants to provide assurances of secure characteristics in network connected industrial automation control systems (IACS) that monitor and control manufacturing processes in an industrial environment. The Institute is developing the Embedded Controller Security Assurance segment (ECSA) of the ISASecure conformance specification for IACS.

The main goal is to encourage a cross section of industry security experts to collaboratively create the Embedded Controller SA conformance specification. The Institute will construct the specification within the framework of the ISA99 standard foundational requirements, so it will be measurable and testable. Then it will establish the basis for the first ISASecure conformance tests for devices.

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