Global Cybersecurity Alliance created to advance cybersecurity readiness and awareness in manufacturing and critical infrastructure
Production facilities can contain thousands of technologies from different vendors. Cybersecurity threats only need to exploit one of them to steal trade secrets, stop production or even harm workers. To better secure today’s complex and often vulnerable production operations, the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance recently announced Rockwell Automation as a founding member.
The alliance is a coalition of industry, government agencies and others working to help secure industrial operations. Some of its objectives include:
- Accelerating the expansion and use of the ISA/IEC 62443 standards
- Developing a skilled and cyber-aware workforce
- Optimizing compliance and prevention initiatives
“We need to work together as an industry, because an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” said Megan Samford, Director of Product Security, Rockwell Automation. “Working with partners and competitors alike, we can develop common solutions to better secure operations. And we can address issues like skills shortages that directly impact security. We also strongly encourage our customers to join us in this effort. Because it’s their operations that we’re working to protect, and it’s their voices we most want to hear.”
“Cybersecurity is critical to digital transformation. It’s critical not only for the protection of information and intellectual property but also for the protection of physical assets, the environment and worker safety. Our engagement with the Global Cybersecurity Alliance will be another important step in our efforts to help customers identify and mitigate risks,” said Rockwell Automation CEO Blake Moret.
ISA developed ISA/IEC 62443, the world’s only consensus-based cybersecurity standards for automation and control system applications. Rockwell Automation has earned ISA/IEC 62443-4-1 certification for its Security Development Lifecycle, which it uses to design security into the lifecycle of its products. The company also recently introduced the first industrial controller to obtain ISA/IEC 62443-4-2 certification.
Companies can join the Global Cybersecurity Alliance here.
The International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.