ANSI Accreditation Program Promotes Cyber-Secure Products

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB)/ACLASS brand have launched a formal pilot accreditation program based on the requirements of the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) ISASecure

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB)/ACLASS brand have launched a formal pilot accreditation program based on the requirements of the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) ISASecure Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification program.

ISASecure recognizes and promotes cyber-secure products and practices for industrial automation suppliers and operational sites. A new agreement between ISCI, ANSI, and ACLASS establishes ANSI/ACLASS as the Accreditation Body for organizations that provide product certifications in accordance with the ISASecure EDSA conformance scheme as well as ISO/IEC Guide 65, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems.

"The industry’s vision to set up a globally recognized security assessment program for our automation control systems is being realized through ISCI," says Ivan Susanto, manager PCN & SCADA security of Chevron and ISCI board vice-chairman. "This program establishes a clearly articulated baseline level of security for automation controls bearing the ISASecure certification. It will simplify procurement processes for many companies because it provides clarity for control systems suppliers on security requirements and we, as asset owners, can build our security effort on top of the ISASecure certification baseline."

Companies desiring to become an accredited ISASecure EDSA certification body and/or laboratory should visit the ANSI website,, for a description of the ISASecure EDSA program and information on accreditation requirements, fees, and the application process. The 30-day open period to apply for accreditation under the pilot program Sept. 1, 2010.


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