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ISAGCA Updates

18 March 2020
New Guide to Cybersecurity Standards: ISAGCA Introduces an Overview of the ISA/IEC 62443 Series

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (18 March 2020)—The International Society of Automation (ISA) and the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance have released a new guide to the world’s only consensus-based automation cybersecurity standards.

“Quick Start Guide: An Overview of the ISA/IEC 62443 Series of Standards,” now available for download at isa.org/cyberguide, provides a high-level view of the objectives and benefits of these standards—as  well as easy-to-use explainers on how to navigate them. The guide explores how and why IT and OT/ICS need unique types of protection against cyber threats and offers the latest recommendations on patch management.

This new guide answers some of the most common questions about the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards, including:

  • Why is this series of standards important? What are the benefits of using the standards?
  • How are IT and ICS systems different?
  • Which documents are part of the series and how can I use them to find what I need?
  • Where can I find the current best practices around patch management?

The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance’s Advocacy and Adoption work group coordinated the development of the guide, which was authored by Johan Nye and reviewed by the ISA99 committee. Nye is an independent consultant specializing in industrial control systems and cybersecurity. During his career spanning more than 38 years, Nye has designed ICS system architectures, created company standards and policies, implemented major ICS projects, supported ICS site engineers, and contributed to the design of several ICS products.

“Automation cybersecurity standards are crucial in this increasingly connected world,” says Mary Ramsey, ISA executive director. “The ISA/IEC 62443 Series of Standards leads the way as the world’s only consensus-based standards that focus on automation cybersecurity. One goal of the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance is to raise awareness of these standards and encourage their adoption across a wide range of industries. We are grateful to the ISAGCA Advocacy and Adoption work group, the ISA99 committee, and Johan Nye for distilling these standards into a user-friendly format that can be shared widely.”

“Quick Start Guide: An Overview of the ISA/IEC 62443 Series of Standards” can be accessed by filling out a form at isa.org/cyberguide.


ISAGCA in the News

The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance is garnering attention from every corner of the world. Featured in more than 2,200 publications in 30 countries, the ISAGCA continues to make an impact in the media. Here are a few examples: 

16 January 2020 ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance Triples Membership Info Security, United States

20 November 2019 New ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance reduces threats through collaboration Enterprise Channels MEA, United Arab Emirates  

20 November 2019 Effective cybersecurity is a team sport Control Global, United States  

18 November 2019 ISA Cybersecurity Standards in Smart Cities: ARC Smart City Podcast ARC Viewpoints Blog Sites, United States  

14 November 2019 Is cybersecurity embedded in your organisation? Engineering News, South Africa  

31 October 2019 Triconex and Foxboro user group meetings in Austin for Schneider Electric’s Processes The Statesman Examiner - FinancialContent, United States  

28 October 2019 Certification Emphasizes Cybersecurity of Schneider Electric’s Processes Press Releases - Digital Journal, Canada  

23 October 2019 Cybersecurity experts offer best practices Control Global, United States  

17 October 2019 Schneider Eectric inAugusturates digital transformation of smart distribution centre in Brazil MEP Middle East, United Arab Emirates  

15 October 2019 Creating a More Secure Digital Ecosystem By Connecting The Dots Industrial Automation Asia, Singapore  

9 October 2019 Cybersecurity Alliance Helps Reduce Threats Through Collaboration Nutesla - The Informant, Italy  

19 September 2019 Interview: What will ISA's Global Cybersecurity Alliance actually do? Tech Wire Asia, United Kingdom  

18 September 2019 ISA Forms ISAGCA to Promote ISA 62443 Cybersecurity Standard ARC Viewpoints Blog Sites, United States  

12 September 2019 Rockwell announced as founding member of ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance Controls, Drives & Automation, United Kingdom 

3 September 2019 Global Cybersecurity Alliance: Schneider Electric membro fondatore Information Technology Intelligent Software, Italy  

22 August 2019 Honeywell Advances Cybersecurity Efforts as Founding Member of New ISA Alliance BISInfotech, India

20 August 2019 Advancing cybersecurity efforts to enhance the development and adoption of cybersecurity standards ELE Times, India  

16 August 2019 ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance Welcomes Schneider Electric As a Founding Member Digital Journal, Canada  

16 August 2019 ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance Welcomes Schneider Electric As a Founding Member Boston Herald - FinancialContent, United States  

14 August 2019 Cybersecurity Concerns Could be Cause for IoT Pause – RTInsights RT Insights, United States

14 August 2019 ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance Welcomes Schneider Electric as founding member Data Economy, United Kingdom

6 August 2019 Schneider Electric joins ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance Trade Arabia, Bahrain  

5 August 2019 Honeywell joins Global Cybersecurity Alliance Homeland Preparedness News, United States  


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