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aeSolutions and ISA develop Cybersecurity Training and Certificate program

aeSolutions and ISA develop Cybersecurity Training and Certificate program

August 10, 2016 – aeSolutions worked throughout 2015 with ISA (the International Society of Automation) to develop their ISA/IEC 62443-based cybersecurity training and certificate program. The program is designed to help professionals involved in industrial IT and industrial control systems improve their understanding of, and acquire a command of the principles covered in, the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards. These standards apply to all key industry sectors and critical infrastructure, providing students with the knowledge to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems.

The entire program consists of four training courses. The fundamentals course is two days in length. Additional three day courses take deeper dives into risk assessment, design, and maintenance. All the courses include extensive high-quality hands-on labs. After attending each course, students may take an exam to demonstrate their command of the material. Students taking all four courses, and passing all four exams, are allowed to use the title ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Expert.

“It was an honor for me and my team to work with ISA, to fulfill our mutual vision to develop a practical, standards based curriculum, that will quickly enable industrial IT & automation professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to protect their companies ICS systems. I am particularly thankful to the ICS vendors who provided ISA with hardware, software, and support to make the hands-on labs extremely realistic”, states John Cusimano, aeSolutions’ Director of Industrial Cybersecurity.

In addition to the training materials, the aeSolutions’ industrial cybersecurity team created exercises to take students from a variety of backgrounds introduce them to technology such as passive and active vulnerability scanning, intrusion detection, network monitoring, industrial firewalls, white listing, secure remote access, PLC configuration management, and system hardening.

About aeSolutions

In business since 1998, aeSolutions is a process safety consulting, engineering and automation company that provides process safety lifecycle solutions and tools. They focus on helping clients close the functional safety loop and achieve their risk management objectives through process risk management, engineering automation, industrial cybersecurity, safety instrumented systems, process control system design, and related operations and integrity management systems.

About ISA

The International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.

ISA owns Automation.com, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org), an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (www.isasecure.org) and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (www.isa100wci.org).

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