Schneider Electric becomes Founding Member of ISA Global Cyber Security Alliance

Schneider Electric has joined the newly-formed International Society of Automation (ISA) Global Cyber Security Alliance as a Founding Member. The ISA created the Global Cyber Security Alliance to advance cyber security readiness and awareness in worldwide manufacturing and critical infrastructure facilities and processes. Bringing together end user companies, technology and systems vendors, IT infrastructure vendors, services providers, system integrators and other organisations, the Alliance will proactively address growing and emerging cyber threats.

“Our goal is always to help our customers maximise their profitability, safely, efficiently and reliably,” said Nathalie Marcotte, senior vice-president of Industrial Automation Services at Schneider Electric. “That means doing all we can to protect them from cyber harm. The Global Cyber Security Alliance is a great fit for us because of its international scope and open appeal. Participating as a Founding Member will strengthen our collective ability to detect, prevent and respond to cyber threats, while further helping our customers in every sector better secure their assets and operations and improve business performance. We’re confident the Alliance will expand our ability to deliver value to all our customers, regardless of industry, segment or region.”

Mary Ramsey, executive director of the ISA, responded: “As industry confronts escalating, innovative and dangerous cyber attacks, every organisation interested in securing our global infrastructure should collaborate to improve how end users defend themselves. We’re pleased Schneider Electric has joined as our first Founding Member. They and all our Founding Members have the commitment and ambition to enable safe and secure operations. We look forward to working with organisations of all kinds to drive much-needed change.”

Led by its members who will also establish its priorities, the Global Cyber Security Alliance will advance the development of new standards-based defensive strategies that ensure people, processes and technology are ‘cyber ready’ and better protected. Its objectives include:

*Sharing knowledge and information in an open environment

*Expanding advocacy and outreach to Governments, regulatory agencies and stakeholder organisations alike around the world

*Accelerating standards development and adoption

*Extending the ISA 62443 series of standards to relevant markets and helping specific industry verticals apply the standards

*Providing Best Practice tools to help companies navigate the entire lifecycle of cyber security protection

“For some time now, Schneider Electric has been encouraging everyone associated with industry to take part in open conversations and to establish new approaches that will improve how global infrastructure responds to the highest level cyber threats,” added Marcotte. “We’re pleased the ISA has answered the call, and we look forward to working openly and collaboratively with them, our fellow Founding Members and many others affiliated with global industry to better secure and protect the world’s most critical operations.”

ISA is the developer of the ANSI/ISA 62443 series of automation and control systems cyber security standards which have been adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission as IEC 62443 and endorsed by the United Nations. The standards define requirements and procedures for implementing electronically secure automation and control systems and security practices and for assessing electronic security performance.

Multiple industry leaders, among them Claroty, Nozomi, Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation and Honeywell, have also joined the Alliance as Founding Members.

*Membership in the Global Cyber Security Alliance is open to any organisation engaged with or interested in improving industrial cyber security, including end users, OEMs, technology and systems providers, system integrators, consulting companies, Government agencies and more. To learn more about joining the Global Cyber Security Alliance visit https://isaautomation.isa.org/cybersecurity-alliance/#logo-top

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