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New Virtual Event Series Tackles OT Cybersecurity Topics in Partnership with Saudi Aramco

  • October 11, 2020
  • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

The upcoming conference will provide an overview of the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards, ISASecure certifications, and end user and supplier perspectives on the series and OT cybersecurity.

The ISA Secure Program, in partnership with Saudi Aramco, a world-leading integrated energy and chemicals company, announced today that it will host a virtual event series on operational technology (OT) cybersecurity exclusively for the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, Russia, and Asia.

Starting on 26 October 2020, “Securing Your Automation and Controls Using ISA/IEC 62443 – A Virtual Event Hosted by Saudi Aramco and ISASecure” will be held over four consecutive Mondays in October and November. Each day of the event features a series of three webinar presentations starting at 9 a.m. KSA (Saudi Arabia) time. Each presentation will last approximately 1 hour. Professional Development Hours (PDUs) will be issued to those who attend webinar presentations. Attendance is free for everyone.

“Securing Your Automation and Controls Using ISA/IEC 62443 – A Virtual Event” focuses on OT cybersecurity and the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards, the world’s only consensus-based automation cybersecurity standards. Attendees will be able to find information on relevant ISASecure certifications, as well as detailed reviews of critical standards, end user and supplier perspectives on ISA/IEC 62443 and cybersecurity in general.

Top experts in field of cybersecurity and the ISA/IEC 62443 standards are scheduled to speak at the event series. The impressive roster includes Khalid Al-Harbi, Chief Information Security Officer at Aramco; Johan Nye, author of the Quick Start Guide to the ISA/IEC 62443 Series of Standards; James Hobbs of Exxon Mobile; Kenny Mesker of Chevron; Dan DesRuisseaux of Schneider Electric; Kevin Staggs of Honeywell; Jon Williamson of JCI; Andre Ristaino of ISASecure and the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance; Andy Kling of Schneider Electric; and Camilo Gomez of Yokogawa; among others. They will offer in-depth presentations on a range of today’s most critical OT and automation cybersecurity-related topics, including the relationship between IIoT and ISA/IEC 62443, the OPAF model, the relationship between smart buildings and the 62443 series of standards, and procurement guidance.

“ISA is looking forward to partnering with Aramco to present ‘Securing Your Automation and Controls Using ISA/IEC 62443 – A Virtual Event,” said Andre Ristaino, managing director of global alliances and consortia for the International Society of Automation (ISA). “We are excited to provide a platform for some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts on automation cybersecurity and the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards. Automation cybersecurity is crucial in today’s connected world, and it is important for the industry to work together to create more resilient processes and systems.”

Those interested in registering for the event series can visit this page to learn more or to reserve a seat.

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 (