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New ISASecure Site Assessment (IACSSA) Program
Help launch this first-of-its-kind program to demonstrate operating site compliance with the international standard ISA/IEC 62443
The International Society of Automation (ISA), along with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI), has announced its intention to create an all-new conformity assessment scheme for automation systems deployed at operating sites—a critical and long overdue addition to the landscape of operational technology (OT) cybersecurity solutions.
Based on the World’s Leading OT Cybersecurity Standard
Based on the world’s only consensus-based automation and control systems cybersecurity standards — ISA/IEC 62443 — the OT cybersecurity site assessment scheme will apply to all types of automation and control systems in industries ranging from traditional process industries to critical infrastructure such as oil and gas, chemicals, and water/wastewater.
The Challenge: Operating Sites are Vulnerable
Suppliers have broadly adopted the leading international standard for OT cybersecurity, ISA/IEC 62443, as well as its certification scheme, ISASecure, for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) automation and control system products and suppliers’ security development practices. However, asset owners and plant managers have yet to coalesce around a single cybersecurity assessment scheme for OT deployed at operating sites, relying instead upon a patchwork of third-party solutions that may not promote industrial control system (ICS) security best practices, leaving operating sites vulnerable.
Unique Solution for Operating Site Assessment
The proposed ISASecure site assessment scheme fills a very important gap in the OT cybersecurity landscape – the operating site itself. There is no other standards-based program like this available today, and we anticipate it will become the global standard used by operating sites, certification bodies, internal auditors, and public policymakers.
The program will encourage the broad industry adoption of the ISA/IEC 62443 operating site cybersecurity standards and best practices by companies. ISA and ISCI plans include building and overseeing a related training and credentialing program for site assessors. ISA and other training organizations already offer training for the ISA/IEC 62443 operating site standards.
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Companies who are interested in supporting and promoting this program are invited to participate; particularly end-users whose support is critical to this program’s success. Supporters may participate in specification development, provide funding, or simply offer public support.
We anticipate rollout in early 2025 with full training program and qualification process for conformity assessment bodies live at that time.
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