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exida Joins ISA Security Compliance Institute

Release date: 9/14/2009

Research Triangle Park, NC (14 September 2009) – The ISA Security Compliance Institute announces the recent addition of exida LLC as a Technical Member.

Research Triangle Park, NC (14 September 2009) - The ISA Security Compliance Institute announces the recent addition of exida LLC as a Technical Member. 
 
Founded in 2007, the ISA Security Compliance Institute’s mission is to provide the highest level of assurance possible for the cyber security of industrial automation control systems. The Institute is well into development of an industry consensus cyber security specification for the ISASecure designation. Conformant products will carry the ISASecure designation, enabling suppliers to substantiate claims of compliance. The designation will also provide asset owners with independently validated cyber security characteristics for products when making procurement decisions.
 
Andre Ristaino, managing director of ISA's Automation Standards Compliance Institute, comments on the addition of exida to the Institute.  “Dr. William Goble and his organization are globally recognized experts in engineering practices in the field of safety. Many of the same concepts are applicable to cyber security of control systems. exida’s insights and contributions from their top-drawer professionals will improve the quality of the ISASecure test specification.”
Headquartered in Sellersville, PA and Munich, Germany, exida is a significant provider of functional safety and control system security services, and certification and engineering tools. The company has extensive experience in major markets such as oil and gas, chemicals, power, automotive, and pharmaceuticals.  exida has certified over 70 safety products to the ISO/IEC 61508 international standard.

exida also owns Byres Research, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Byres Research is a world-class team of security and controls systems professionals dedicated to helping corporations and government agencies protect critical industrial automation and control systems from cyber incidents. 
 
“We are very pleased to be a Technical Member of the ISA Security Compliance Institute”, says Dr. Goble, principle partner of exida. “Membership is consistent with our overall goal to help rapidly mature the field of control system security, including the design, certification, and application of products used in critical applications.

About the ISA Security Compliance Institute:
Founded in 2007, the ISA Security Compliance Institute’s mission is to provide the highest level of assurance possible for the cyber security of industrial automation control systems. 
 
The Institute was established by thought leaders from major organizations in the industrial automation controls community seeking to improve the cyber security posture of Critical Infrastructure for generations to come.  Founding Members include Chevron, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Honeywell, Invensys Process Systems, Siemens, and Yokogawa.  Key Technical Members include exida, Mu Dynamics, Rockwell Automation, and Wurldtech Security Technologies.
 
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 Institute’s ISASecure designation ensures that industrial automation control products conform to industry consensus cyber security standards, providing confidence to users of ISASecure products and systems and creating product differentiation for suppliers conforming to the ISASecure specification.
 
Please visit www.isa.org/ISASecure for details about the ISASecure program for certifying cyber security of industrial automation control systems.
 
About exida:
exida is a certification and research firm specializing in safety critical and high availability automation systems. exida's main offices are located in Sellersville, PA, USA and Munich, Germany. exida has worldwide operations with service centers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, and New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. For more information about exida visit website www.exida.com.