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Welcome to the official blog of the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance (ISAGCA).

This blog covers topics on automation cybersecurity such as risk assessment, compliance, educational resources, and how to leverage the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards.

The material and information contained on this website is for general information purposes only. ISAGCA blog posts may be authored by ISA staff and guest authors from the cybersecurity community. Views and opinions expressed by a guest author are solely their own, and do not necessarily represent those of ISA. Posts made by guest authors have been subject to peer review.

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Understanding Automation Cybersecurity Standards [Webinar Recording]

Industrial control systems and IT systems differ in subtle yet important ways. For example, effective cybersecurity for industrial control systems (ICS) must address a range of complex concerns in the physical worldin addition to the cyber threats that IT system⁠s face. In the event of a cyberattack, ICS risk dire consequences, including public endangerment; damage to equipment, products, or the environment; and even loss of life

The world grows more and more connected every day, and these technologies must grow more and more secure. Establishing standards in this specialized branch of cybersecurity must be a collective concern for the entire automation industry.

The ISA/IEC 62443 Series of Standards are the world's only consensus-based automation cybersecurity standards. One goal of the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance (ISAGCA) is to encourage their wide adoption. 

The ISAGCA's most recent work product, called "Quick Start Guide: An Overview of the ISA/IEC 62443 Series of Standards," 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 ISAGCA Advocacy and Adoption work group coordinated the development of this guide, which was authored by Johan Nye. Nye is an independent consultant with more than 38 years of experience who specializes in industrial control systems and cybersecurity. 

In concert with the guide's release, Nye hosted a webinar recently on the ISA/IEC 62443 Series of Standards. In the recording below, learn the ins and outs of the series, as well as their applications for different roles within the security environment.

 

If you learn better by reading, or if you'd like something more permanent to refer back to, you can also download the Quick Start Guide as a .pdf file. Request your copy of the guide at www.isa.org/cyberguide

Kara Phelps
Kara Phelps
Kara Phelps was the content manager for ISA from 2019-2021.

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