A leading international organisation which sets the standard for automation has unveiled two of America’s leading authorities on cybersecurity as keynote speakers at an event which will take place in Aberdeen.

The International Society for Automation (ISA) has unveiled plans to host its first ever in-person event in the UK on May 31 and June 1 with Aberdeen, Scotland picked as the launch venue for its Operational Technology (OT) Cybersecurity Summit.

Keynote speakers at the Ardoe House Hotel event will be Cheri Caddy, Deputy Director at the US Office of the National Cyber Director and Megan Samford, VP, Chief Product Security Officer – Energy Management, Schneider Electric

ISA sets many of the technical standards used in industrial automation, including ISA/IEC 62443, the world’s only consensus-based automation and control systems cybersecurity standards. In addition to developing and maintaining these standards, ISA offers training and credentialing on cybersecurity; certifies products, processes, and systems through its ISASecure certification; and raises awareness about the importance of OT cybersecurity through its membership consortium, the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance (ISAGCA).

The OT Cybersecurity Forum is an opportunity for operators, service companies, regulators, and equipment providers to meet face-to-face. Participants will learn how to unpack what software is in their respective supply chains, and where the vulnerabilities lie. This will be an exciting, dynamic show with brief, informal presentations encouraging questions and audience participation. ISA has hand-picked a committee of subject matter experts from the US and UK to present real-world applications of these standards and help attendees better understand how to protect themselves and their customers.

Commenting on plans, Claire Fallon, ISA executive director: “The ISA community is comprised of the world’s leading voices on industrial cybersecurity, and we are proud to have developed ISA/IEC 62443, a suite of standards behind the most robust and secure operational technologies. The ISA OT Cybersecurity Summit stands apart from other cybersecurity events as a venue where attendees can gain practical knowledge about the standard and best practices for its implementation – in the oil and gas sector as we see in Aberdeen, and in other industry sectors the world over.”

“Anyone seeking to gain more insight on what is working to mitigate threats to the OT cybersecurity landscape will find this event both informative and useful. We look forward to welcoming delegates in person and online.”

To find out more or to book a place, visit https://www.isa.org/events-and-conferences/ot-cybersecurity-summit-scotland

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