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What is Automation?

In my last post, I shared details about ISA’s Summer Leaders Meeting (SLM), including our first Automation Advisory Council meeting and the strategic visioning and planning sessions that were held and next steps. In that meeting we discussed how ISA’s use of the words “automation” and “automation professional” might make some members of ISA (and […]

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Urgent Need for Automation Systems Cyberprotection

Widespread global awareness of threats to information systems (IS) has led government and business to focus significant attention and resources on IS cybersecurity. The same cannot be said regarding industrial automation systems, where there is an urgent need to focus on the cyberprotection of critical industrial control systems. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has […]

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How NIST Cybersecurity Framework Improves Critical Infrastructure Protection

On 12 February 2013 President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, titled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” The executive order instructed the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a voluntary cybersecurity framework that would provide a “prioritized, flexible, repeatable, performance-based, and cost-effective approach for assisting organizations responsible for critical infrastructure services to manage cybersecurity […]

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ISA Vision 2020: Can you see the duck?

For as long as I can remember, almost every time I have traveled by car to a place, even if I have been there in the past, I check to make sure I have directions. Today that typically means that I enter the destination in my car’s WAAS/GPS (wide area augmentation system/global positioning system). The […]

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Are you qualified?

This week hundreds of educators and professionals from government and public and private industry sectors converged on Washington, DC to attend the US News STEM Solutions National Conference. The sessions covered an array of topics related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math); I had the honor of participating on a panel entitled “Customized Credentials […]

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A Sneak Preview of ISA’s New Website and Enhanced User Experience

The International Society of Automation has been putting the finishing touches on a brand new website, the customer − and member − facing portal that showcases all of ISA’s products, services, and technical information to the world. Behind the new website is a brand new, state-of-the-art association management system, which fulfills a similar purpose to […]

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Cybersecurity – one of the 10 trends impacting the future of ISA

In my column in last month’s issue of ISA Insights, I mentioned five game-changing themes ISA leaders adopted as high-level directional strategic goals for the Society. Those goals originated from a discussion of trends impacting ISA’s future. In many cases ISA staff and volunteers who are subject matter experts (SME’s) in these areas are already […]

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