Schneider Electric joins ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance

August 20 19:51 2019

Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has joined the newly formed International Society of Automation (ISA) Global Cybersecurity Alliance as a founding member.

The International Society of Automation created the alliance to advance cybersecurity 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, said a statement from the company.

Nathalie Marcotte, senior vice president, Industrial Automation Services, Schneider Electric, said: “Our goal is always to help our customers maximize their profitability, safely, efficiently and reliably. That means doing all we can to protect them from cyber-harm.”

“The 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 are confident the alliance will expand our ability to deliver value to all our customers, regardless of industry, segment or region,” she added.

Mary Ramsey, executive director of ISA, said: “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 are pleased Schneider Electric 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 needed change,” she added.

Led by its members, who will establish its priorities, the Global Cybersecurity 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 around the world;
• Accelerating standards development and adoption;
• Extending the ISA 62443 series of standards to relevant markets and help specific industry verticals apply the standards;
• Providing best practice tools to help companies navigate the entire lifecycle of cybersecurity protection.

Marcotte continued: “For some time now, we have 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 highest-level cyber threats.”

“We are 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,” he added.

ISA is the developer of the ANSI/ISA 62443 series of automation and control systems cybersecurity 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, including Claroty, Nozomi, Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation and Honeywell, have also joined the alliance as founding members.

Membership in the Global Cybersecurity Alliance is open to any organization engaged with or interested in improving industrial cybersecurity, including end-users, OEMs, technology and systems providers, system integrators, consulting companies, government agencies and more, it stated. 

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

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