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DAkkS signs MOU with the ISA Security Compliance Institute to accredit labs in Germany for the ISASecure® IACS Cybersecurity Conformance Scheme

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (19 October 2015) –  DAkkS, the accreditation body for certification bodies in Germany, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the ISA Security Compliance Insititue (ISCI) to provide accreditation for Germany-based ISCI ISASecure certification bodies.

All conformity assessment bodies (CB) for the ISCI ISASecure® industrial automation and control systems (IACS) conformity assessment (CA) scheme must meet ISO/IEC 17065 and ISO/IEC 17025 requirements in addition to the ISASecure requirements for technical readiness. 

The ISASecure CBs are independently assessed by ISO/IEC 17011 (EN 45011) accreditation bodies (AB) for initial accreditation and are audited annually by the AB to ensure that the CB maintains qualifications for participation in the ISASecure CA scheme. 

“Establishing the ISASecure IACS certification as an ISO/IEC 17065 conformance scheme ensures that the accredited CBs providing ISASecure certifications are qualified for assessing complex industrial control systems, are credible, and have no conflicts of interest,” stated Andre Ristaino, ISCI managing director. “In addition, through the EA, ILAC, and IAF multilateral recognition arrangements among the accredited CBs, the ISASecure certificates of conformance are formally recognized by signatory labs in jurisdictions around the globe.”

The ISASecure CA scheme is a standards-based certification that assesses the cybersecurity of IACS products and systems to the IEC 62443 international standards governing control systems cybersecurity. 

About DAkkS
The Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS) is the national accreditation body for the Federal Republic of Germany, with headquarters in Berlin. As a government-appointed accreditation body, DAkkS provides accreditation of conformity assessment bodies. Accreditation by DAkkS demonstrates the technical competence and independence of laboratories, certification and inspection bodies, or verifier.

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 cyber security of industrial automation control systems (IACS).

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. ISCI Members include Chevron, ExxonMobil, Aramco Services, Honeywell, Invensys (now Schneider Electric), Yokogawa, exida, Codenomicon, CSSC, and IPA-Japan.

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 cyber security standards such as IEC 62443, providing confidence to users of ISASecure products and systems and creating product differentiation for suppliers conforming to the ISASecure specification.

ISASecure® is a registered trademark of the ISA Security Compliance Institute.

ISCI press contacts:

Andre Ristaino

Michael Brazda