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Digital Bond Podcast Interview on Launch of ISASecure Certification

Research Triangle Park, NC (26 January 2011) - Dale Peterson of  Digital Bond interviews Andre Ristaino, ASCI Managing Director and John Cusimano, exida ISASecure Certification Program Manager about the recent launch of the ISASecure Embedded Device Security Assurance Certification program by the ISA Security Compliance Institute.

In one of the most informative interviews about ISCI and the ISASecure EDSA Certification program, Dale Peterson of  Digital Bond interviews Andre Ristaino, ASCI Managing Director and John Cusimano, exida ISASecure Certification Program Manager.  With the first device certification under way, Dale gets an update from ISCI on topics of most interest from his listeners.  

The guests describe the ISASecure EDSA Certification program goals, certification requirements, program costs and, the testing and  assessment process.  Ristaino and Cusimano also discuss challenges and future plans included in the ISASecure certification roadmap.

The ISCI interview is available in Digital Bond's January 2011 edition and starts at about 23 minutes into the podcast, immediately following the interview with Eric Byres on their most recent Tofino security product.

Follow this link to listen to this informative interview  Digital Bond ISCI Interview.

About ISASecure EDSA Certification

The ISASecure program has been developed by the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) with a goal to accelerate industry-wide improvement of cybersecurity for Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS). It achieves this goal by offering a common industry-recognized set of device and process requirements that drive device security, simplifying procurement for asset owners and device assurance for equipment vendors.

ISASecure Embedded Device Security Assurance Certification (ISASecure EDSA), the first ISASecure certification, focuses on security of embedded devices and addresses device characteristics and supplier development practices for those devices. Through this certification, an embedded device that meets the requirements of the ISASecure specifications receives the ISASecure EDSA certification—a trademarked designation that provides instant recognition of product security characteristics and capabilities. ISASecure EDSA offers three certification levels for a device based on increasing levels of device security assurance: ISASecure Level 1 for Devices, ISASecure Level 2 for Devices, and ISASecure Level 3 for Devices.

The ISASecure EDSA certification is an ISO/IEC Guide 65 conformance scheme supporting ISCI’s goal to operate a globally recognized industrial automation controls cybersecurity certification program. This third-party accreditation by ANSI/ACLASS enhances the credibility and value of the ISASecure certification by attesting to the competence and qualification of ISCI certification bodies and laboratories. Visit for details on the ISASecure ANSI/ACLASS accreditation process.

About exida
exida is a certification and consulting firm specializing in safety critical / high availability automation systems and control system security. exida has performed more process control safety certifications than any other company worldwide. exida’s main offices are located in Sellersville, PA, USA and Munich, Germany. exida has worldwide operations with service centers in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, and New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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, Siemens, and Yokogawa. Key Technical Members include Exida, Mu Dynamics, and Rockwell Automation.

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.

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