Automation & IT

Seminar to Focus on Implementation of America’s Cybersecurity Framework

By Chemical Processing staff

Oct 30, 2013

The Automation Federation and the Alabama Technology Network will sponsor a free seminar on Feb. 21 in Birmingham, Ala., to examine the details surrounding the implementation of America’s Cybersecurity Framework.

The Automation Federation has been actively involved in the development of the Cybersecurity Framework, which was recently released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

President Obama, through an executive order in early 2013, called for NIST to create the Cybersecurity Framework as the first step in a comprehensive plan to safeguard U.S. industry and critical infrastructure from a potentially crippling cyberattack.

At the seminar, representatives from the White House, NIST and leading cybersecurity subject matter experts will explain the importance of the Cybersecurity Framework and will illustrate why industrial automation control systems (IACS) security standards are such vital components of the plan and essential to its successful implementation.

At NIST’s request, the Automation Federation and its affiliated organization, the International Society of Automation (ISA), have served as advisors to the federal government in the formation of the framework. Both the Automation Federation and ISA strongly recommended that the ANSI/ISA99 IACS security standards be incorporated as essential framework components.

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