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ISA Releases New Whitepaper on Cybersecurity Challenges for Industrial Control Systems

  • May 21, 2020
  • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

ISA's latest whitepaper explores how to build a standards-based cybersecurity culture in industry.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced the release of its latest whitepaper, “An Industry Imperative: Build a Standards-Based Cybersecurity Culture for Employees, Customers, and Partners.”

Now available for download at, the whitepaper addresses the challenges of automation cybersecurity and suggests a three-pronged approach to help mitigate risk. It outlines a multifaceted game plan for implementing and maintaining strong cybersecurity measures in industrial control systems.

Key findings include:

  • The World Economic Forum rates a large-scale breach of cybersecurity as one of the five most serious risks facing the world today—and only 23 percent of companies follow minimum security guidance
  • Securing industrial control systems against cyberattack is a critical challenge that spans across processes, people, and technology
  • ISA/IEC 62443 standards provide guidance for how to protect and secure processes, but people will ultimately implement and monitor these practices; automation suppliers and end users must find creative ways to train and certify their employees and contractors

“Industrial control systems require strong cybersecurity in this increasingly connected world,” says Mary Ramsey, ISA executive director. “ISA’s latest whitepaper is an excellent resource for anyone who understands the importance of thoroughly integrating automation cybersecurity standards into their company’s culture.”

“An Industry Imperative: Build a Standards-Based Cybersecurity Culture for Employees, Customers, and Partners” can be accessed by filling out a form at

About ISA

The International Society of Automation ( is a non-profit professional association founded in 1945 to create a better world through automation. ISA advances technical competence by connecting the automation community to achieve operational excellence. The organization 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 created the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance ( to advance cybersecurity readiness and awareness in manufacturing and critical infrastructure facilities and processes. The Alliance brings end-user companies, automation and control systems providers, IT infrastructure providers, services providers, and system integrators and other cybersecurity stakeholder organizations together to proactively address growing threats.

ISA owns, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (, 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 ( and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (