Digital security applies to virtually all applications of computers and communications, some of which the public may not even be aware of—like monitoring and controlling various elements of the national critical infrastructure. Attack, compromise or failure of these processes can have dire consequences for society, ranging from loss of vital services to major environmental damage or even loss of life.

Staying strong

Ensuring this protection involves the application of proven standards and practices, such as those offered by the International Society for Automation (ISA). As a global, unbiased developer of technical resources focused on process safety and control systems cyber security, ISA brings a unique perspective and deep understanding of today’s industrial challenges.

"Manufacturing and operating companies in a wide variety of industries are working with suppliers and engineers to apply these standards..."

This understanding is reflected in the ISA/IEC 62443 standards that define requirements and procedures for implementing electronically secure manufacturing and control systems and security practices, and assessing electronic security performance. These standards, and the associated training, certification and certificate programs, cover the complete lifecycle of cyber security protection.

Putting plans in motion

Upon request from the United States federal government, ISA and its umbrella association, the Automation Federation, helped to prepare the U.S. Cyber Security Framework—released in early 2014—and helped to implement the provisions of the U.S. Cyber Security Enhancement Act.

Manufacturing and operating companies in a wide variety of industries are working with suppliers and engineers to apply these standards in combination with specialized skills and proven practices to develop and implement cyber security management systems to protect our national infrastructure and our way of life.