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Siemens joins ISA Security Compliance Institute

ATLANTA, Oct. 3, 2007 - Siemens joined the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI). As a founding member of the ISCI, Siemens entered into a two-year commitment to provide funds and volunteer time to the institute. Additionally, Siemens will sit as a voting member on the governing board.

The members of the institute will work together to develop a set of universal compliance requirements based on ISA99 and other standards. The requirements will help test and certify control systems and products, ultimately establishing an ISASecure designation. This designation will identify and promote security standards compliant products and systems. "Cyber security is one of the most critical issues for our customers in the chemical, oil and gas, and petrochemical industries," says Todd Stauffer, PCS 7 marketing manager, Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. "The institute is globally recognized and will focus on entire automation systems, not just the components. This international, third party review is a significant step forward."

"The formation of a globally recognizable body like ISCI has been a high priority for the end-user, supplier, integrator and government communities," said Andre Ristaino, managing director, ISA Security Compliance Institute. "We are very happy to have Siemens on board and look forward to leveraging its experience and expertise around industrial security."

For years, Siemens has focused on Industrial security. It is the only company that develops, manufactures, and produces hardware and software for both factory automation and process automation, as well as for securing industrial networks.

In 2004, Siemens established a dedicated security laboratory that tests the latest Microsoft security patches and virus scanner releases. The lab validates and documents secure architectures. It also publishes recommendations and guidelines for securing PCS 7 distributed control systems. Additionally, Siemens is an active, voting member of the ISA99 Committee on industrial security standard development.

About Siemens:
Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. is one of Siemens' operating companies in the U.S. Headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, Ga., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. manufactures and markets one of the world's broadest ranges of electrical and electronic products, systems and services to industrial and construction market customers. Its technologies range from circuit protection and energy management systems to process control, industrial software and totally integrated automation solutions. The company also has expertise in systems integration, technical services and turnkey industrial systems.

Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $107.4 billion in fiscal 2006. Founded nearly 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas of Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $21.4 billion and employs approximately 67,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens' worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 475,000 people in 190 countries.
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