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ISA introduces an advanced industrial cybersecurity course

Leveraging its world-wide leadership and expertise in industrial automation and control systems security standards and training, the International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces the introduction of its new, upper-level course, Advanced Industrial Cybersecurity (TS13).  This technical training course—which made its debut in March—capitalizes on ISA’s well-established, in-depth knowledge of industrial networks and applications, and cybersecurity standards that detect, assess and prevent security threats in industrial settings.

Students will learn how the ANSI/ISA99 (IEC 62443) Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security standards—developed by a cross-section of international cybersecurity subject-matter experts from industry, government and academia—provide comprehensive cybersecurity capabilities in all industry sectors.  Given the interconnectivity of today’s advanced computer and control networks—where vulnerabilities exploited in one sector can impact and damage multiple sectors—the ANSI/ISA99 (IEC 62443) standards are particularly effective since they are broadly applicable across industries.

“In today’s industrial production environments, the risks of cyberwarfare are growing and represent serious threats,” says Larry Thompson, an industrial network and control systems consultant and ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®), who developed this new course. “There have been many serious cyberattacks throughout the world. Everyone involved in system-wide industrial networking and SCADA systems should take this course. The stakes are simply too high to not be prepared.”

The course covers the latest developments in cybersecurity, including practical guides to the design, implementation and testing of industrial networks and applications to ensure their security and reliability. Topics include the use of Internet technologies, web servers, TCP/IPV6, fiber optics, intrusion protection systems (IPS), virtual private networks (VPNs), firewall configuration and cryptography.

“This is a great class with an excellent instructor,” says student Chih Shen. “I am more sober to the attack scenarios out there in the wild, and more confident that I have the knowledge to defend against them.”

As part of the course, students participate in a variety of hands-on laboratory exercises, which include configuring industrial network security parameters and settings, utilizing security diagnostic tools and employing various troubleshooting tactics.  In developing the course, Thompson drew upon his vast experience in industrial data communications and encryption. Throughout his many years in automation, Thompson has served as a technician, technical trainer, test engineer, test engineering supervisor and course developer in electronics, measurement and control and computer networking.

To view a schedule of upcoming offerings and to register, visit www.isa.org/2013PR/TS13

Moxa's extreme Weather IP Camera receives Class 1 Division 2 Certification

Moxa’s VPort 36-1MP box-type HD IP camera has received Class 1 Division 2 certification, verifying that it is safe for environments prone to flammable gases and vapors, such as tunnels, mines, oil & gas, and other petrochemical applications. The VPort 36-1MP is the world’s first extreme weather IP camera designed to work in temperatures ranging from -40 to 75°C, without a fan or heater, and without compromising on video performance. With intelligent video analysis and image optimization technologies built in, the camera delivers 720P HD H.264 multi-streaming with excellent video capture capability, both day and night, in low light conditions, and with fast moving objects.

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EXIDA certifies Emerson DeltaV SIS with Eelectronic Marshalling for Functional Safety

Exida, an accredited global functional safety certification company, has issued a functional safety certification per the IEC 61508 and several application standards for the Emerson Process Management DeltaV CHARMS SIS product line.

“The DeltaV CHARMS SIS is an advanced fault tolerant architecture with great flexibility,” says Dr. William Goble, exida Principal Engineer. “It is also the first design I have seen with cybersecurity considered in the design.”

“Exida demands a high level of quality and care in both processes and documentation,” says Dave Denison, Emerson Project Manager. “We selected them due to their technical expertise in functional safety.”

“Exida is the only Certification Body that covers both functional safety and cybersecurity,” added Keith Bellville, Emerson Product Marketing Manager. “The exida certification will give our customers additional confidence in our products.”

Yokogawa introduces FIELDEYE II All-weather CCD Color Camera for Plant Monitoring

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the April 26 release of the first model in the new FIELDEYE II series of all-weather CCD cameras for the monitoring of plant facilities and premises. This new model, the FC33U, is non-explosionproof and has pan-tilt zoom functionality. Yokogawa plans to release an explosionproof model by the end of this year.

This new FIELDEYE II all-weather CCD camera is compact in size and features best-in-class performance, and is expected to provide a boost to Yokogawa's plant monitoring solution business.

Many plants have security camera systems that allow the monitoring of production lines and other facilities from locations such as the central control room. Yokogawa entered this market with the 1997 release of the FIELDEYE series of all-weather CCD color cameras. Much smaller and lighter than other plant monitoring cameras on the market, these products have acquired a solid track record particularly here in Japan and other Asian countries.

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  • Compact and light, yet rugged and corrosion-resistant
  • Camera with high sensitivity, magnification, and resolution


NI and CertTech LLC TestStand Qualification Toolkit for Functional Safety Verification

National Instruments today announced the Tool Qualification Kit for NI TestStand to help meet functional safety standards, such as RTCA DO-178B/C, IEC 62304 and ISO 26262, in numerous industries that need qualified tools to verify safety requirements for electronic systems. The kit, developed by CertTech LLC, an NI Alliance Partner, defines the functional requirements NI TestStand meets, creates a set of tests to demonstrate compliance with the requirements and provides extensive documentation to show compliance in accordance with functional safety standards.

An FAA representative formally reviewed the kit to verify compliance with the DO-178B/C guidelines and concluded: “Findings in the FAA Designated Engineering Representative’s (DER) report confirmed that all objectives of DO-178B Section 12.2, FAA Order 8110.49 Section 9, and DO-330 Annex A have been successfully achieved and in many cases exceeded.”

Rather than developing and maintaining a custom test executive, engineers can use NI TestStand, a ready-to-run COTS test management software solution, to quickly develop automated test and validation systems. The Tool Qualification Kit for NI TestStand, available on the LabVIEW Tools Network, drastically reduces the time it takes to certify each project by introducing a testing methodology that allows engineers to use qualified COTS tools instead of performing a manual qualification on custom tools.

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