• ISA Insights

    March 2014

    President's Message:

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

    By Peggie Koon, 2014 ISA President
    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 engaged in efforts to achieve these goals.

    Your destination for automation:

    ISA's brand new website! - ISA is hard at work putting the finishing touches on its brand new website, the customer- and member-centric portal that showcases all of ISA's products, services, and technical information to the world. The new isa.org caters to users like never before with enhanced search and filtering capabilities site wide; new navigation with mega-menus that allow users to browse three levels deep in the site by hovering over a navigation button; and an easy, intuitive, and fast check-out process.

    Member Spotlight:

    Q&A with Jim Cahill - This month's Q&A features Jim Cahill, the chief blogger at Emerson Process Management. In his position, Cahill leads the social marketing efforts for Emerson's Process Management's business platform and social media efforts by sharing best practices and establishing policies and governance models.

    In his responses, Cahill shares his experiences in the fast-moving world of social media and offers some insights and advice on how to best take advantage of social media tools and opportunities.

    The White House, the Automation Federation, and ISA celebrate the official launch of the US Cybersecurity Framework
    The official rollout of the US Cybersecurity Framework, held recently at an event in Washington, DC, marked the completion of a successful partnership effort among The White House, the Automation Federation, and ISA. Now, the second phase of the partnership-working together to implement the framework-begins.

    Statement by President Obama on the Cybersecurity Framework
    At the official launch of the US Cybersecurity Framework, the White House released a statement by President Obama. In his remarks, the president said that "cyber threats pose one the gravest national security dangers that the United States faces." Read the statement in its entirety on the White House website.

    IEC TC65 Plenary Set for Hamburg, Germany 
    The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) will hold the plenary meeting of IEC TC65, Industrial Process Measurement, Control and Automation in Hamburg, Germany during the period of 24 March - 4 April 2014. The first week will be devoted to working group meetings, followed by a second week of meetings of TC65 and its main subcommittees.

    The clock is ticking! The nomination deadline for Celebrating Excellence Awards is 31 March 2014 
    Time is Running Out 
    Have you submitted a nomination for this year's Celebrating Excellence Awards?

    The Celebrating Excellence awards program is an extension of our time-honored practice of recognizing those companies and individuals, both members and non-members, who have contributed to the Society and automation industry.

    Don't forget the deadline for 2014 Fellow nominations is 30 April 2014.

    Leading field communication organizations partnering at Hannover Messe 2014 promote the Field Communication Lounge
    The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute, FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, OPC Foundation, and PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) are partnering to support and promote the fourth Field Communication Lounge exhibit at the 2014 Hannover Messe tradeshow, 7-11 April, Hannover, Germany.

    Get up to date on exciting ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) news 
    - The ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) announces several exciting developments, including:

    • The availability of a system-level cybersecurity certification for industrial automation and control systems (IACS) products
    • The Q2 2014 availability of an organizational certification that ensures suppliers are following cybersecurity development and support lifecycle processes for IACS products.
    • Yokogawa's achievement of ISASecure™ certification for Safety Instrumented System
    • The addition of two new ISCI members

    Get all the details on these significant happenings.


    Important Changes Related to Your ISA Account
    In addition to launching a new website, ISA is updating its email system and customer account system in order to serve you better. Please take a moment to read the important announcements below and how these changes may affect you.

    Attention: Please take note!

    • Changes to the ISA website login process starting 1 April 2014...
    • The name@member.isa.org email address program will be discontinued on 1 April 2014...
    • Take control of your ISA emails by updating your member record and email preferences...

    Quality error with ISA membership cards corrected
    Some ISA members recently received membership cards printed with a low-quality ink that smeared making them illegible upon delivery. These cards did not reflect our commitment to provide you with high quality products and services. ISA has taken corrective action and replaced the cards and revised the production process. Please accept our apology and let us know if you come across any more issues.

    More ISA News 

    Armstrong International Joins the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute More... 

    ISA presents Automation Week Revisited conference at AUTOMATION Expo & Conference Edmonton 2014 More... 

    ISA to conduct four highly intensive training events for automation and control professionals in the US during 2014 More... 

    ISA announces the FDT Group as ISA Promotional Partner More...

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    AUTOMATION Expo & Conference Edmonton 2014
    April 30 - May 1, 2014
    Edmonton Expo Centre
    Edmonton, AB, Canada

    59th Analysis Division Symposium
    May 4-8, 2014
    Crowne Plaza 
    Baton Rouge, LA, USA 

    Offshore Technology Conference 2014
    Visit the ISA booth (#S17)!
    May 3-8, 2014 
    Houston, TX, USA

    14th ISA LDAR Fugitive Emissions Symposium
    May 19-21, 2014 
    New Orleans, LA, USA


    Process Automation Boot Camp for Non-Maintenance Personnel (PABC)
     March 31 to April 4 2014
    Where: ISA Headquarters,
    RTP, NC; USA

    ISA Technician Training Boot Camp (TTBC)
    When: April 7-11, 2014
    Where: ISA Headquarters,
    RTP, NC; USA

    ISA Technical Training Camp-Houston 2014
    When: June and September 2014
    Where:  Houston, TX, USA

    ISA's 2014 Training Catalog! Download

    ISA's 2014 Training
    Schedule Poster!