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Synopsys Defensics X Test tool updated for use in latest version of the ISASecure® cybersecurity certification program

Synopsys Defensics X Test tool updated for use in latest version of the ISASecure® cybersecurity certification program 

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (11 July 2017)—The ISA Security Compliance Institute announced today that the Defensics X CRT test tool recognition was recently upgraded to support ISASecure EDSA 2.0.0 and SSA 2.0.0 certifications.

Communication robustness testing (CRT) is one of four dimensions of control systems certifications. CRT tools are also used for network stress testing during system level certifications. With recognition of the Defensics X Test tool, Synopsys joins the growing list of industry leaders supporting the continued growth and expansion of the IEC 62443 based ISASecure IACS cybersecurity certification scheme.

The ISASecure® test tool recognition process confirms that the CRT tool’s test suites meet the ISASecure CRT requirements and are capable of consistently executing ISASecure certification tests.

ISCI recommends that suppliers use ISCI recognized CRT test tools during the product development and testing phases to identify and correct network-based security vulnerabilities. Using recognized CRT tools during the development process also aids suppliers in preparing for formal ISASecure product certifications.

The Defensics X Test tool registration and certificate can be viewed on the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) web site (

"Defensics has been used in ISASecure EDSA certifications for several years now,” stated Andre Ristaino, ISCI Managing Director. “Expansion of capabilities to support SSA certifications and ISASecure version 2.0.0 updates, demonstrates Synopsys’ commitment to securing critical infrastructure and support for the ISASecure certification scheme.”

About Synopsys 
Synopsys is a 2.6+ Billion dollar company with over 30 years in business and employs over 11K employees. Synopsys technology is at the heart of innovations that are changing the way we live and work. The Internet of Things. Autonomous cars. Wearables. Smart medical devices. Secure financial services. Machine learning and computer vision. These breakthroughs are ushering in the era of Smart, Secure Everything―where devices are getting smarter, everything’s connected, and everything must be secure.

Powering this new era of technology are advanced silicon chips, which are made even smarter by the remarkable software that drives them. Synopsys is at the forefront of Smart, Secure Everything with the world’s most advanced tools for silicon chip design, verification, IP integration, and application security testing. Our technology helps customers innovate from Silicon to Software, so they can deliver Smart, Secure Everything.

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).

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. 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 cybersecurity 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
Managing Director

Michael Brazda
Marketing and Operations Manager