AWS joins the ISA Program in support of the global ISASecure® ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Conformance Scheme
Release date: 7/12/2022
Amazon Web Services (AWS) joins the ISASecure Program
Today, the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) welcomes Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the latest ISCI member.
In the industrial sector, companies around the world are adopting AWS to take advantage of industrial internet of things (IIoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) capabilities needed to drive operational efficiencies in their smart factories and industrial operations. Continuous digitalization and progressive interconnectivity of the production environment is important for capturing value from IIoT solutions. AWS and AWS IoT services are key to providing safe and secure industrial digital transformation.
“Joining ISA Security Compliance Institute demonstrates AWS’s commitment to advancing cybersecurity standards and certification for the global community of manufacturers, government agencies, and all industrial customers,” stated Brad Behm, Senior Principal Technologist, AWS.
With the increasing proliferation of IIoT systems and cloud services for innovation and digital transformation, government agencies and industrial customers are faced with protecting an expanding attack surface. The ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards was written before IIoT technologies were common, but provides a strong basis for securing these environments.
“AWS is committed to collaborating with the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance (ISAGCA), ISCI, the ISA99 standards committee, and industry partners, to update the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards and certifications to ensure that all parties properly address emerging IIoT security requirements; all while advocating for vendor-neutral, interoperable, international standards-based operational technolgoy (OT) and IIoT cybersecurity solutions,” stated Ryan Dsouza, Principal IIoT Security Solution Architect, AWS.
As a member of ISASecure, AWS joins thought leaders who are taking action to secure automation and control systems around the world, including support for product conformity assessment to ISA/IEC 62443 standards. The ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards are designed to provide a flexible set of requirements to address and mitigate current and future security threats in automation and control systems products, system implementations, and ongoing operations.
AWS’s membership provides leadership for establishing ISA/IEC 62443 standards and ISASecure as the basis for securing operational technology in automotive, CPG, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, power & utilities, transportation, smart buildings and smart cities around the globe.
“We welcome the AWS team and look forward to working with them here at ISCI. Cloud service providers like AWS are enabling Industrial IoT solutions today that are transforming how manufacturers, producers, and others use industrial automation with cloud services to monitor and optimize operations. AWS’s support of ISA/IEC 62443 and its active participation in the community as an ISCI member shows its commitment to open standards-based OT and IIoT cybersecurity. Participating in the ISASecure program is a demonstration of AWS’s desire to ensure safe and secure operations for customers at critical infrastructure sites around the globe,” said Andre Ristaino, ISCI Managing Director.
The IEC 62443 Certification Program Most Requested by End-Users
ISASecure is an industry-led initiative established to independently certify the cybersecurity of control systems, automation, and IIoT technology. The program strives to include a balance of stakeholders and ensures that end-users fill leadership roles in ISASecure decision-making; including leading in certification specification development processes.
The ISASecure scheme has been well-vetted by end-users, certification bodies, and control system suppliers from many industry sectors including, but not limited to, traditional process industries, power generation, and building control industries.
ISASecure has been active for over 10 years with the first certificate of conformance issued in early 2011. The certification scheme is based upon international ISA/IEC 62443 standards developed by subject matter experts from many industries around the globe and codifying hundreds of years of OT cybersecurity subject matter expertise.
About the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI)
Founded in 2007, the ISA Security Compliance Institute’s mission is to provide the highest level of assurance possible for the cybersecurity of industrial automation control systems (IACS). ISCI is a wholly-owned conformity assessment organization within the International Society of Automation (ISA) where the ISA/IEC 62443 standards are developed.
The Institute was established by thought leaders from major organizations in the industrial automation controls community seeking to improve the cybersecurity posture of Critical Infrastructure for generations to come. The Institute’s goals are realized through industry standards compliance programs, education, technical support, and improvements in suppliers’ development processes and users’ life cycle management practices. The ISASecure® designation ensures that IACS products conform to industry consensus cybersecurity standards such as ISA/IEC 62443, providing confidence to users of ISASecure products and systems and creating product differentiation for suppliers conforming to the ISASecure specification. Learn more at www.isasecure.org
ISASecure is a registered trademark of the ISA Security Compliance Institute.
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