Protecting manufacturing automation and control systems computer environments is absolutely critical. This ISA Technical Report provides recommendations and guidance for effectively using electronic security technology, and developing a site or corporate security program and plan for the manufacturing and control systems environment. It was developed by world-renowned cyber security and automation systems experts under the auspices of the ANSI accredited procedures of the ISA Standards and Practices Department.
This ISA Technical Report provides a framework for developing an electronic security program and provides a recommended organization and structure for the security plan. The information provides detailed information about the minimum elements to include. Site or entity-specific information should be included at the appropriate places in the program.
This technical report addresses manufacturing and control systems whose compromise could result in any or all of the following situations:
- endangerment of public or employee health and safety
- loss of public confidence
- violation of regulatory requirements
- loss of proprietary or confidential information
- economic loss
- impact on entity, local, state or national security
The concept of manufacturing and control systems electronic security is applied in the broadest practical sense, encompassing all types of plants, facilities, and systems in all industries. Manufacturing and control systems include, but are not limited to:
- Hardware and software systems such as Distributed Control Systems (DCSs), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, networked electronic sensing, and monitoring and diagnostic systems
- Associated internal, human, network, or machine interfaces used to provide control, safety, and manufacturing operations functionality to continuous, batch, discrete, and other processes.
- Basic Process Control System (BPCS), Safety Instrumented System (SIS), and associated systems such as advanced or multivariable control, online optimizers, dedicated equipment monitors, and graphical interfaces.
The need for protecting manufacturing and control systems computer environments has grown significantly over the last few years. The combination of open systems, an increase in joint ventures, alliance partners and outsourced services, growth in intelligent manufacturing equipment, increased connectivity to other equipment/software, enhanced external connectivity, along with rapidly increasing incidents of network intrusion, more intelligent hackers, and malicious software all lead to increased threats and probability of attack. As these threats and vulnerabilities increase, so does the need for protection of electronic manufacturing and control systems.
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