The Automation Federation and Southern Polytechnic State University will co-sponsor the “Cybersecurity Framework for Protecting our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure,” a free seminar from 8 a.m. to noon July 22 in the Joe Mack Wilson Student Center (Building A) Theater. It is meant to educate area business and manufacturing leaders on the value and importance of the recently launched US Cybersecurity Framework.
A key contributor to the development of the framework, the Automation Federation is helping to organize a series of informational meetings across the U.S. to raise awareness around the need to put the framework’s guidelines into action and improve America’s defenses against industrial cyber attack. As the umbrella organization of the International Society of Automation, the Automation Federation of 2013 worked with cyber security experts at the White House, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to incorporate ISA’s internationally recognized industrial automation and control systems security standards within the U.S. cybersecurity framework.
ISA’s cybersecurity standards — known as ISA/IEC 62443 — are designed to mitigate the effects of cyber damage to industrial plant systems and networks — commonly used in transportation grids, power plants, water treatment facilities and other vital industrial settings, thus preventing widespread plant shutdowns, operational and equipment failure, severe economic/environmental disruption and serious risks to the public.
Attendees can register for the seminar with Jennifer Williams at (678) 915-7240 or Jwilli42@spsu.edu. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided at 8 a.m. by the university.