October 2020

Reaching Our International Aspirations

Fellow Society members,

In considering a possible theme for this month's message, I have been thinking about one of the essential characteristics of our Society. It is embodied in the word "international." Please indulge me as I reflect on the implications of this word for our society and its stakeholder groups—from staff and members, to customers and those in our profession. I am certain that each of us has a slightly different understanding of the term as well as its connotations. The details of this definition are much less important than the need to engage all perspectives.

This begins with elected and important leaders. At this time each year, we gather together the members of the Executive Board for the current year and next year to prepare incoming Board members for their new role, review the status of our strategic plan, and make plans for the future. As with other meetings and conferences, this year's event is being conducted as a series of online meetings.

It was in one of those meetings that I led the group in a discussion of what I called "Putting the 'I' into ISA," with a focus on incorporating specific recommendations in the strategic plan. These recommendations were presented to the Board by a task force that was chartered in 2016 and delivered its report in 2017. In discussions with members and leaders, there is a consensus that we must strive to provide support, products, and services to members, customers, and our profession in virtually all regions of the world. As with most aspirations, making the statement is generally much easier than achieving the goal. This is particularly true in this case, as the goal speaks more to how we operate and conduct our business than any specific services or products.

As I said, I am certain that we all have our own views on what constitutes effective operation of a truly international society. It is important that we consider all views and have open discussions about our needs, relative priorities, and specific goals. In the context of our strategic plan, internationalization is not a separate objective, but rather a major factor in defining the goals within the existing strategic elements.

It is overly simplistic to assume that responsibility for meeting these goals rests solely with the Executive Board, other leaders, and staff. It can be tempting to take a more passive role, waiting for "someone to change things," but this will not accomplish the level of change that we need. Acting as a truly international society involves much more than providing products and services tailored to regional needs. It also requires that we examine our own behaviors and understand that we can each contribute in our own way.

When we look for prospective mentors or mentees, we should look beyond the usual model of pairing more and less experienced members, and welcome opportunities to broaden our appreciation of regional, national, and cultural differences. We can be more sensitive to the use of language or regionally specific idioms and expressions, as these may not have the same meanings and connotations for those with different backgrounds. Our Society is a diverse community with a common interest in advancing our profession. It provides many opportunities to participate in teams or committees with people from other regions who can help us better understand broader needs and expectations. Simple measures like understanding and respecting differences and constraints related to time zones, languages, accents, and holidays can go a long way toward promoting and achieving a more international culture.

Tools, technology, and the constraints placed upon us by developments such as the COVID-19 pandemic provide an opportunity to improve our performance in becoming an international community. I believe that one of the more exciting tools now available is ISA Connect. It allows us to have meaningful discussions on an unlimited range of topics spanning countries, time zones, and cultures. We are already seeing increased use of this tool, and I fully expect this to continue. Even when we are once again able to meet face-to-face, we will be able to use this and similar tools to keep conversations going between events, building consensus, and learning from our colleagues.

This can be the beginning of a new level of collaboration, allowing us to progress in our journey to becoming an international community. I encourage to explore the options available to you, be open to learning, and be willing to share your knowledge, experiences, and perspectives with your fellow members.

As always, you can contact me at President@isa.org with your thoughts or questions on this or any other topic. Stay safe and well, and I look forward to continuing this dialog throughout 2020.


Eric C. Cosman
2020 President

About the Author  

Eric Cosman 2020 ISA President  

Eric C. Cosman is the founder and principal consultant at OIT Concepts, LLC. He provides consulting and advisory services to suppliers, professional associations, and asset owners, focusing on the management of information technology solutions in process automation, operations, and engineering. This includes providing guidance on the definition and leadership of collaborative teams between IT and OT organizations.

Eric is a chemical engineer with more than 35 years of experience in the process industries. He has held positions in process engineering, process systems software development, telecommunications, IT operations, automation architecture, and consulting. His assignments have included system architecture definition and design, project management, technology life cycle management, and integration planning for manufacturing focused IT systems. This includes having worked closely with nearly all major suppliers of process automation systems and technology.  

Eric contributes to and has held leadership positions in various standards committees and industry focus groups and is a member of Control Magazine’s Process Automation Hall of Fame. He has been a contributor to the work of several standards committees with ISA. Eric has served as the vice president of standards and practices and as a member of the ISA Executive Board. Currently, Eric is serving as the ISA's society president.  

Eric has been a leader in the development of standards and practices for industrial control systems security since 2002. He was a founding member of a chemical sector cybersecurity program team focused on industrial control systems cybersecurity and was one of the authors of the chemical sector cybersecurity strategy for the U.S. He is also a founding member and currently serves as the co-chair of the ISA99 Committee on Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) Security, as well as co-chair of the MESA Cybersecurity working group.  

Eric is a frequent conference speaker and has written articles and columns for a variety of industry magazines, including Chemical Engineering, Control Magazine, and Hydrocarbon Processing. 

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ISA Journeys: The Benefit of Getting Involved

In this blog post, a dedicated member of ISA shares her path to getting more involved, and the rewarding experience of becoming more committed to the organization. We invite you to visit http://www.isa.org/join to find more resources for increasing your own involvement!

Mentors consistently tell me that one of the most important things you can do in your career is to get involved and show up. Sounds simple, but it takes passion, effort, and willingness to give of your own time. I'm always interested in learning how fellow professionals got involved in ISA. I'd like to share a bit about my journey to being involved in multiple facets of the society.

I began my career as an instrument engineer working in oil and gas after graduating from Clemson University in 2014. Going into instrumentation and controls was quite the learning curve for me, as I had specialized in power systems while at Clemson, majoring in electrical engineering. Eventually, I felt that I was ready for a role change.

The aspect of my job that focused on safety systems had always been the piece that most interested me. I was also longing to move back to South Carolina and be closer to my family. This all came together with an opportunity to work for aeSolutions in Greenville, South Carolina. It was a perfect fit for me—a chance to move back home and work for a process safety lifecycle company. So I've been with aeSolutions since 2018, working as a safety instrumented system design engineer. 

My supervisor at aeSolutions first introduced me to ISA and encouraged me to join. I figured I'd give it a shot, partly due to my company reimbursing membership dues as part of our professional development program. I didn't think there was any downside to joining, even if I didn't get much out of it. I have since experienced the exact opposite—there would have been a downside if I hadn't joined at all. 

We have many ISA members in our company, a few of whom are board members of our local section (Western Carolinas). I first decided to get involved with my section when I was invited to attend our monthly section board meeting to see how things are run. I had experience as a board member of my student IEEE chapter at Clemson University, so a board meeting wasn't a completely unfamiliar setting to me. I intended to simply meet the board members and hear more about what the section was planning for the coming year. The Past President of my section, Jim Garrison, invited me during that board meeting to run for our Program Chair position. This was a great first chance to get involved at the section level. As I was approached directly by someone who seemed to think I could do the job well, I decided to give it a try.

I enjoyed serving as our Program Chair during my first year of ISA membership. I helped organize tours of automation facilities like Sierra Nevada Brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, and the BMW manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I coordinated technical presentations on hazardous area classification, machine vision technology, and industrial cybersecurity.

I was learning so much about new topics, meeting speakers as well as fellow local engineers and automation professionals. I was having a ball being involved with my local section as well as learning from my peers. I was able to study and pass my Control Systems PE exam with donated study materials from fellow section members. I was thrilled to accomplish such a big personal goal with the help of new friends and mentors.

After that first year, I decided to run for Section President. I wanted to help continue the great section activities and camaraderie that was being fostered under my Past President and stay involved in the section. I ended up being elected Western Carolinas Section President in September 2019. Being involved at the section level was not the end of my ISA journey, however. During my second year of membership, I was invited to attend the 2019 Spring Leaders Meeting with Jim Garrison. I met many of the Society leaders, division champions, other section leaders, and the incredible ISA staff. It really helped me understand how the Society functioned at a higher level.

This is also when I met Shari Worthington. I was able to participate in some breakout sessions with her and ISA members from across the globe. She and I discussed her career and the ways that she volunteers with ISA. Through these conversations, she invited me to join the Digital Transformation Advisory Committee (previously Social Media & Web Advisory Committee). I have enjoyed participating on the committee to share ideas ever since.

After attending the 2019 Spring Leaders Meeting, I was approached by ISA staff about joining a Young Professional (YP) Task Force, which would look into the value proposition of ISA to YP members. I was thrilled by the opportunity to engage with other young professionals from multiple different states and countries talking about our needs from the society. The Task Force has since turned into a full ISA committee on which I currently serve. I've been able to help organize YP virtual events like the Fireside Chats with past presidents. I've also assisted with writing the proposal for including a YP Chair position on Section boards. It has been truly fun serving on the YP Committee and I look forward to helping other young professionals get involved in the society just as I have.

The final and most recent piece of my progressive involvement in ISA is being an early adopter of ISA Connect. ISA Connect has been a bridge for me to see what groups within the society are actually talking to each other, what the heck Divisions even are (it was very nebulous to me when I first joined ISA), and how easy it is to talk with my fellow members abroad. Using ISA Connect has helped me to realize that it's silly to think any of our members are intimidating. I feel welcomed in the ISA Connect Communities. I'm actually able to contribute to conversations and learn from others conversing in technical discussion threads. I'm stoked ISA Connect is finally launching society-wide. It's truly connecting us all, living up to its name. It's another reason I'm glad I joined ISA, and I'm sure it will be one of those reasons for years to come.

So, how can you get involved? It can be as simple as posting in an ISA Connect thread, attending a virtual section meeting in your area, or getting involved in a volunteer position. I've done them all in my short two years of membership, and I've benefited from it greatly both socially and professionally. I encourage anyone who is interested in learning more just to reach out to a fellow Society member and see what they can do.

About the Author

Emily Henry is a former Program Chair and the 2019-2020 Past President of the ISA Western Carolinas Section. She also serves on the ISA Digital Transformation Advisory Committee and is involved in the ISA Young Professionals. She is a safety instrumented system design engineer for aeSolutions, and has been a member of ISA since 2018.

Advancing Technology in the New Work Scenario

Technological developments have steadily changed the work scenario since the First Industrial Revolution. We can perceive the effects of technologies, combined with political and social changes, that have contributed to a migration of the status quo.

We note the strong correlation of changing technologies with changing work models, and how both have had an exponential impact on the modern world. Recent developments have happened so quickly, at a speed never before practiced—although Moore's law for semiconductors predicted it in 1965.

Today, the new model of work and relations requires a pause to reorganize our careers and businesses.


  • Industrial revolutions forced people to evolve out of their comfort zones
  • Evolution from generation to generation
  • Emerging technologies
  • The new normal and the work scenario
  • The future, apparently accelerated by the current pandemic

From the First Industrial Revolution to the present, humankind has had to move to adapt to the "new normal" of each era. In the past, when working models were adjusted, humans gradually came to accept them. However, the speed of change today requires a mental evolution for which not everyone is prepared.

What can be done? The required mindset has not yet been absorbed by the majority of the workforce.

The unprecedented situation we are experiencing has sped up the process of digital transformation and, consequently, business. The conservatism of many organizations has made it difficult to perceive the need for a technological update—until now. (The process of human change does not follow the exponential trajectory of Moore's law.)

If we analyze the population breakdown of generations in our world today, we realize that we have a great potential for transformation. The workforce in many areas already focuses largely on new generations. According to the September 2019 issue of Época Negócios magazine, millennials now make up 34% of the total population of Brazil, and represent 50% of the workforce. It estimates that, by 2030, Generation Y should occupy 70% of jobs in Brazil.

Emerging technology companies have not yet planned for business growth in the proportion required for international standards, except in some segments—business, for example, and agribusiness, which has advanced standards.

The Brazilian industrial sector, through Brazil's National Industry Confederation (CNI), has sought to accelerate this process despite the slowness of the country's innovation and transformation process. The gear requires multiple segments, and it is necessary to leverage small and medium companies to synchronize overall performance. For that, it has been moving through the Entrepreneurial Mobilization for Innovation (MEI) group.

The concept of dataism, a philosophy for the importance of data science used in concert with artificial intelligence (AI), will help us make decisions—be it through performance monitoring of business performance indicators, discovering cures for diseases and improvements in genetic sequencing, or for any other purpose. Currently, it is possible to list at least one full page of such technologies that make business sense and that perform satisfactorily.

All these advances—especially right now—will make us reason differently. Their adoption may be one of the factors that maintain business continuity. Understanding each solution and applying it properly is a great challenge. It is important, in my view, that technology providers understand this moment and practice a model where cost and time projects are truly a partnership.

We understand that technology will be a catalyst for the business world; this is not new, and Moore's law will be applied once again as we proceed through the pandemic. Even the most renowned futurists understand that there is no certainty in the future; however, moving forward without growth results in our stagnation.

It is time to reinvigorate management models. By the way, the vast majority of businesses currently use of a governance model that prepared them for the past and brought them here, so there is a strong need to review this model for the new reality.

When the pandemic hit, businesses that were further along in their digital transformation had more resources and saw less of an impact on the continuity of their operations. The home office and the use of collaborative tools have allowed people to work remotely and, in many cases, even with gains in productivity.

Tools like Teams, Google Meet, Zoom, and others associated with IT infrastructure enabled continuity of activities and reinvigorated several businesses, allowing them to maintain operations. Now the time has come when it is it is necessary to plan for today and tomorrow.

Strategic action will be necessary for the sustainability of many businesses, and technological advances will be involved. The growth of technologies is fundamental at this moment. Humans are capable of transforming processes through the use of technologies.

Innovation does not come from technologies, but from human beings. More than ever, ideas are very welcome.

Analyzing this complex scenario, we realized that we are in a time of many opportunities. Yuval Harari (2018) postulates that, to live in a world with many uncertainties, we need to be flexible and resilient, as well as rationally and emotionally balanced. Are you prepared? In this new era, whoever can distinguish fiction from reality the fastest will have reached new territory, both as a human being and as a business.

It is clear that it has become crucial to prepare for the "new normal." There are many opportunities available to us—we must define our goals and choose our paths as soon as possible.

It is also a time to change our risk perception. In the face of so many uncertainties, it is natural that we will make some mistakes, but those mistakes will teach us how to better prepare and help us correct and/or modify our path.

In the current work scenario, we must quickly adopt these new technologies that fit our businesses.

About the Author

Ronaldo Ribeiro is the director of the International Society of Automation (ISA) Pulp & Paper Industry Division (PUPID). He is the CIO of Celulose Nipo-Brasileira SA (CENIBRA).

Automation Ethics: An Ongoing Challenge for The Future

When most people think of "automation," we're initially likely to think of efficient robots, machine tools, and control systems. Then, if we're still thinking about it, we may—as we should—move on to the questions around how those sorts of technologies affect people. People as workers, managers, and ultimately, as human beings.

That's where the ethical dimension of automation, and the important debates around it, begin.

Automation is not new, and it does not occur in a vacuum. Historically, it began before the modern era, and it is one of the most important tendencies of the modern world since the First Industrial Revolution began in the 18th century. Today, it is also emerging as one of the principal drivers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

As such, it is important for all of us—and perhaps especially the engineers, scientists, and technicians implementing automation—to reflect upon the ethical implications of automation. Automating wisely could lead to a much brighter and more productive future for humanity across the world. Automating in a short-sighted manner could result in business and social disruption, grievances, and quite possibly major political instability.

There are many questions linked to automation ethics. For the purposes of this blog entry, I will point out just two of them: job disruption and the value of labor. These general reflections express my own personal views. I'll leave the detailed solutions for future consideration.

The concerns about job displacement are sometimes known as "technological unemployment," following the eminent British economist John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946). There is a considerable range of opinions on this topic. Will automation significantly reduce the overall number of jobs, thereby increasing unemployment as population grows, or will the economic growth and efficiency to which it contributes end up creating new jobs in the future? It's important to stress that friends of automation have more than one reasonable choice here.

You can hold, as many do, that automation will likely be so stimulating to industry and to the economy that there will be a net benefit across the board. If you opt for this viewpoint, you are likely to think that promoting the interests of industry will, through a free and dynamic market, promote the interests of workers. Even if they are displaced in one economic sphere, they will likely find comparable or even better employment in another one.

Realistically, this line is best run if you can provide a good general economic theory of employment and growth to support it. It would also seem more plausible and fair if you incorporate some element of worker retraining into your model. So, for example, if workers lose their jobs in a particular area of the manufacturing sector, they will be helped effectively to retrain for a different (and possibly new) area of the economy.

If, on the other hand, you do not think that displaced workers will tend to be re-employed elsewhere, you may opt for something along the lines of what is sometimes called a "universal basic income." This is in part seen as a way of promoting individual liberty and creativity, and as a sort of shield against job replacement in the rapidly changing economy. Both conservatives and liberals have flirted with it in various forms, and it was considered by the Nixon administration in the early 1970s. It has been implemented to a limited degree internationally, including local experiments in Finland and Canada. Andrew Yang's "Freedom Dividend" is the latest American version of it.

Wherever you stand on this question, however, it is clear that automation can be seen as compatible with a fair society. Critics often make it out to be a purely destructive force, but it needn't be.

Defending automation in an ethical way must involve, whatever your approach, recognizing its powerful effects on labor, and by extension, on laborers. People have always valued productive work, and there is every reason to believe that they will continue to do so in an increasingly automated future.

At its best, automation can increase freedom by offering not just a wider range of efficient and reasonably priced goods and services, but a new sense of the importance of choosing the creative activities that we do, with technology providing us with a higher and developing standard of living. It can remind us of the value of choosing how we spend our time, and what we work on. Because of all this, we have to devote some of that work today to coming up with fair and workable solutions to social challenges that we are likely to encounter tomorrow.

About the Author

Eric B. Litwack, Ph.D. is a philosopher and counselor. He is an organizational associate of EthicScan Canada Ltd., and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield (UK). He also teaches philosophy of data and technology at Syracuse University in London.

Mark Your Calendar

ISA Conferences & Event Update

ISA Virtual Conferences
Spend a day immersed in interactive sessions discussing the most critical industry concerns and hot topics. Our virtual conferences offer live speaker presentations, panel discussions, and virtual exhibits, as well as networking and chat opportunities.

2020 ISA Virtual Process Industry Conference

ISA's Virtual Process Industry Conference will combine the technical expertise, knowledge, and experience of ISA—the global leader in process automation standards, training, and education—along with leading experts across critical areas covering process instrumentation and control, cybersecurity and safety systems, and open architecture and infrastructure, as well as operational excellence.

Conference pricing:
Members: 80 USD
Non-members/List: 100 USD

For more information about this conference or to register, please visit our event website.  

2021 Tentative ISA Virtual Conference Schedule

ISA Data Analytics Virtual Conference
22 February 2021
This all-new conference will use case-studies from early adopters to identify real-world applications that help asset owners shift their focus to building and implementing more robust analytics models. The conference will address these emerging issues from both the data capture and data analytics perspective.

ISA Analysis Division Virtual Conference
23 March 2021
This industry event provides an outstanding forum for discussions regarding new and innovative analytical techniques, developments, and applications for process and laboratory applications.

ISA IIoT & Smart Manufacturing Virtual Conference
11 May 2021
This technology-focused event will encompass topics regarding advances in connectivity, automation, and security within the operational context of hybrid manufacturing applications across multiple vertical industries.

ISA Digital Transformation in Deepwater Automation Virtual Conference
31 August 2021
An abundance of recoverable reserves offshore has presented its challenges to the upstream oil and gas industry. The new watchword is "efficiency," as operators focus less on discovery and more on efficient, uninterrupted production. ISA's Deepwater conference will take a closer look at the technological applications that accelerate the facilities design, certification, and start-up processes while improving safety and efficiency.

ISA Energy & Water Automation Virtual Conference
21 September 2021
This industry event will highlight infrastructure supporting power generation, municipal water, and wastewater systems, which are at the heart of smart city initiatives, as well as critical industrial water process applications, processes, and concerns.

ISA Cybersecurity Standards Implementation Virtual Conference
19 October 2021
Join ISA, the thought leader and developer of the world's only consensus-based industrial cybersecurity standards (ISA/IEC 62443), for a rapid-fire, industry-leading conference event, focusing on expert discussions surrounding awareness and solutions for organizational threats and vulnerabilities with the implementation of a standards-based cybersecurity program.

ISA Process Industry Virtual Conference
2 November 2021
This event offers comprehensive technical content from leading experts in the energy and process manufacturing industries. This event will explore critical areas, including process instrumentation and control, cybersecurity and safety systems, open architecture and infrastructure, and operational excellence.

Member Activity

Attention Volunteers: Raise Your Hand as a Potential ISA Content Contributor

We need you! Elevate your personal brand, increase your recognition and visibility in relevant industries, and showcase your knowledge and expertise. We're seeking new contributors in several emerging priority topic areas. Visit www.isa.org/volunteercontent for details.

Governance, Section, and Division News

ISA Recognizes Our 2020 ISA Fellows and Celebrating Excellence Awardees

These recognitions reflect and honor ISA members' outstanding efforts in supporting and advancing the Society and the automation community.

There are four new ISA Fellows and 14 Celebrating Excellence awardees in 2020. The Admissions Committee was chaired by Bridget Fitzpatrick. The Honors & Awards Committee was chaired by Brian Curtis. Join us in celebrating our new fellow inductees and excellence awardees!

Click here to learn more about the recipients.

Fireside Chat with Former Presidents 

To celebrate 75 years of ISA, the Young Professionals (YP) Committee is sitting down with some of ISA's former presidents to reminisce about the past and look forward to the future. Register now to watch the YPs as they chat with past president Paul Gruhn on 6 November about his term as president in 2019.

Society President and Treasurers' Reports Now Available

If you missed the last Connect Live with the ISA Presidents, the video of the reports from your Society President and Treasurer are now available in ISA Connect.

ISAGCA & Standards

ANSI Congratulates ISA In Recognition of 75th Anniversary

The 2020 ISA President Eric Cosman received the following congratulatory email below from ANSIthe American National Standards Institutein recognition of ISA's 75th anniversary. 

Dear Mr. Cosman:

On behalf of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), I am pleased to extend our congratulations to the International Society of Automation (ISA) in recognition of ISA's 75th anniversary.

ANSI proudly recognizes the impact that ISA has made in advancing the field of industrial automation through standardization. We commend your record of success as an ANSI-accredited standards developer and as an active participant in international standardization activities.

In acknowledgement of ISA's 75th anniversary, ANSI is sending a commemorative crystal to mark the occasion. Once again, we congratulate you on this impressive milestone and ISA's numerous achievements. Thank you for your efforts in support of ANSI and the standardization community.

With best regards,
S. Joe Bhatia

On behalf of ISA, we extend our sincerest gratitude to ANSI for recognizing our passion and commitment towards standards development. We look forward to a continued and successful partnership!

New ISA99 Standard Provides Auditable Approach to Assessing Cybersecurity Risk

The widely used ISA/IEC 62443 Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) Security standards, developed primarily by the ISA99 standards development committee with simultaneous review and adoption by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), provide a flexible framework to address and mitigate current and future IACS security vulnerabilities. The ISA99 committee draws on the input and knowledge of IACS security experts from across the globe to develop consensus standards that are applicable to all industry sectors and critical infrastructure.

An important new standard in the series is based on the understanding that each organization that owns and operates an IACS has its own tolerance for risk – and that each IACS represents a unique risk depending on the threats it is exposed to, the likelihood of those threats arising, the inherent vulnerabilities in the system, and the consequences if the system were to be compromised. The new standard, ISA/IEC 62443-3-2: Security Risk Assessment for System Design, defines a comprehensive set of engineering measures to guide organizations through the essential process of assessing the risk of a particular IACS and identifying and applying security countermeasures to reduce that risk to tolerable levels. 

The new standard can be effectively applied across all industry and critical infrastructure sectors that depend on secure IACS operations. Moreover, it provides much-needed guidance to all key stakeholder categories, including asset owners, system integrators, product suppliers, service providers, and compliance authorities.

The standard is the latest in a string of notable milestones in the ongoing development and growing global application of the ISA/IEC 62443 series. This included a decision by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe to integrate the widely used standards into its Common Regulatory Framework on Cybersecurity, which serves as an official UN policy position statement for Europe. It also included completion of several key additional standards, including:

  • ISA/IEC 62443-4-1, Product Security Development Life-Cycle Requirements
  • ISA/IEC 62443-4-2, Technical Security Requirements for IACS Components

Other standards in the ISA/IEC 62443 series cover terminology, concepts, and models; establishing an IACS security program; patch management; and system security requirements and security levels. All may be accessed at www.isa.org/findstandards .

For more information on ISA99 and the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards, contact Eliana Brazda, ISA Standards, ebrazda@isa.org or +1-919-990-9200.

New Guide: Security Lifecycles in the ISA/IEC 62443 Series of Standards

The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance's Training and Education work group has overseen the development of a new guide to the security lifecycles described in the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards and technical reports.

In addition to providing a high-level view of the product security lifecycle and the automation solution security lifecycle, the guide also explores how to apply specific standards documents to each phase within these lifecycles.

The guide is available at no cost. Request your copy at www.isa.org/securitylifecycles, and we will email you a link to download the file.

Tell Us Your On-The-Job Story!  

As practicing automation professionals, ISA members grapple with fascinating technical challenges on a day-to-day basis. Through their problem-solving skills, experience, and knowledge, they apply technology to improve the efficiency, quality, security, and safety of manufacturing and operational processes.  

At Inside ISA, we want to highlight the real-world experiences, responsibilities, and contributions of the Society’s automation professional members. Tell us about your job. 

  • What do you do? 
  • Exactly how do you use automation in your position? 
  • Why did you choose a career in automation? 
  • What do you find most rewarding and motivating about your career? 
  • Do you have any career suggestions or workplace advice for other automation professionals in your field?  
  • What has, to date, been your favorite or most fulfilling career experience? 
  • Was there an instance when you overcame a particularly vexing challenge, thought “out of the box” to solve a problem, or saw first-hand the positive difference you and your colleagues were making?  

This is not about tooting your own horn. It is about sharing your perspectives and experiences about the value and importance of automation and automation careers. It is about broadening the awareness of what is possible and what is being achieved in the vast world of automation.  

Please email your insights (ALL entries are highly valued and appreciated)—including your name and job title—to Christina Ayala at cayala@isa.org, and watch for “On the Job” stories in each issue of Inside ISA.