The ARC Smart City Podcast is back and this time we interview Andre Ristaino who is managing director at ISA, the International Society of Automation. Those in the world of smart cities may not be familiar with ISA, but most of those in the power and energy industry probably are. ISA creates and administers industrial and OT level standards that apply to critical infrastructure and manufacturing. Their standards are very widely adopted in these sectors not just in North America but around the world.
ISA has put a huge amount of effort into developing cybersecurity standards used at the OT level. The ISA 99 standards committee first began its work on a comprehensive industrial and OT level cybersecurity standard back in 2002. The standard has since been adopted internationally by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as the IEC 62443 Standard. ISA also supports a huge range of other cybersecurity-related efforts such as ISA Secure product certification, the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance, training programs, and liaisons with other standards bodies like NIST and NERC.
ISA's cybersecurity standards and other related efforts like ISA Secure have huge potential for smart cities and critical infrastructure. They're already being adopted in the electric power, water and wastewater, and building automation sectors. This podcast gives a great overview of what ISA can do for you in the realm of cybersecurity, what the standards are, and some key resources for end-users and owner/operators of OT-level technologies and assets.