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18 November 2020
ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance Appoints Advisory Board Leadership

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (18 November 2020)—The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance (ISAGCA) has appointed a chairperson – Megan Samford, VP, Chief Product Security Officer for Energy Management at Schneider Electric – and vice chairperson – Sharul Rashid, Custodian Engineer and Group Technical Authority of Instrumentation and Control at PETRONAS – to its advisory board.

The International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) created the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance to increase cybersecurity awareness and readiness, bringing end-user companies, automation and control systems providers, IT infrastructure providers, services providers, system integrators, and other cybersecurity stakeholder organizations together to address growing threats across many vertical sectors.

ISAGCA’s Advisory Board Chairperson Megan Samford, VP, Chief Product Security Officer for Energy Management at Schneider Electric, is a security executive with focus on industrial control systems security, critical infrastructure protection, and risk analysis. In taking her role at Schneider Electric, Samford became the first female CPSO for a major industrial without first being a CISO, a significant milestone for women in industrial control systems security. She is currently leading a community driven effort under ISAGCA known as Incident Command System for Industrial Control Systems (ICS4ICS), which seeks to establish an operational incident response organization by Q1 2021. ICS4ICS includes a common language for responding to cyber incidents and provide avenues for mutual assistance between organizations.

ISAGCA is made up of 40 member companies, representing more than $240 billion 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.

“As the first Founding Member of the ISAGCA, Schneider Electric remains deeply committed to collaborating across industry to help our customers and all end users, regardless of segment and geography, secure and protect their people, assets and operations,” Samford said. “The ISA Standards Committee created the prevailing ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards by leveraging use cases from more than 20 different verticals. Our goal now is to build on that great work by expanding awareness, adoption, and application of the standard. I am excited to work with the diversity of ISAGCA membership to develop the programs and create the resources we need to meet our objectives. I am also excited to see community-identified needs and focused initiatives, like ICS4ICS, come to life through ISAGCA and its relationships with other non-profits and governments from around the world. Together, we will drive a standards-based, end-to-end approach—encompassing people, processes, and technology—to help safeguard global industry from sophisticated cyberattacks.”

The Advisory Board Vice Chairperson, Sharul Rashid, is Custodian Engineer and Group Technical Authority of Instrumentation and Control at PETRONAS, Malaysia's fully integrated oil and gas company. Sharul has more than 30 years of experience managing and leading teams and strategies covering a diverse range of instrumentation and control issues in refineries, gas liquefaction, petrochemicals, and gas pipeline transmission. PETRONAS, the world’s fourth-largest exporter of LNG, will intensify efforts towards reducing direct emissions from operations and the electricity used by the company and recently pledged to become a net zero emitter of greenhouse gases by 2050.

“I am honored to work with my colleagues around the world to advance critical cybersecurity initiatives,” commented Rashid. “Together, we will work to increase awareness and expertise, developing best practice tools to help companies successfully navigate the lifecycle of cybersecurity protection.”

ISA is the developer of the ANSI/ISA 62443 series of automation and control systems cybersecurity standards, which have been adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission as IEC 62443 and endorsed by the United Nations. The standards define requirements and procedures for implementing electronically secure automation and industrial control systems and security practices and assessing electronic security performance. The standards approach the cybersecurity challenge in a holistic way, bridging the gap between operations and information technology.

For more information about ISAGCA, visit www.isa.org/isagca.


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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