The International Society of Automation (ISA) has created an open, collaborative forum to advance cybersecurity awareness, readiness, and knowledge sharing.
ISA is the developer of ANSI/ISA 62443 series of automation and control systems cybersecurity standards (adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission and endorsed by the United Nations). The new ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance will assemble a global group of stakeholders from end-user companies, control system vendors, IT and OT infrastructure providers, system integrators, and other industry affiliates.
Attacks on control systems, IT, and OT infrastructure are increasing and are frequently backed by hostile nation-states. Industrial sectors, including manufacturing, commercial buildings, and critical infrastructure facilities, must explore new ways to better prevent, mitigate, and respond to catastrophic threats and attacks on their safety- and mission-critical assets, operations, and applications.
Among its defined objectives, the Global Cybersecurity Alliance will work to proliferate adoption of and compliance with global standards. The acceleration and expansion of standards will address technology-related gaps and set best practices for managing processes within an open architecture. The Alliance will also develop certification and education programs for industry professionals; drive advocacy and thought leadership; and facilitate greater knowledge sharing among its members. Member companies will identify and prioritize initiatives, ensuring that the Alliance’s approach is multi-faceted.
ISA will announce initial members of the Global Cybersecurity Alliance in the coming weeks, as the organization is currently in advanced conversations with several multi-national companies. Annual contributions to fund Alliance initiatives are based on company revenues and are tax-deductible.