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Drawing on its leadership and expertise in protecting industrial networks and control systems, ISA introduces an advanced industrial cybersecurity course

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (15 May 2013) - 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.

He served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, most of which studying, instructing and installing electronic encryption equipment. He became department chair of e-commerce technology at Texas State Technical College, eventually leaving the role to pursue his consulting business.

He has designed and taught ISA courses for more than 23 years, serving as an adjunct ISA instructor and author of several ISA books. His book, Industrial Data Communications, is an ISA best seller currently in its fourth edition.

Thompson received a bachelor in applied arts and sciences degree from Tarleton State University, and has conducted work on a master's degree in computer science from the University of Texas.

To view a schedule of upcoming offerings and to register, visit For more information, contact ISA Customer Service at email: or phone +1 919-549-8411.

About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation ( is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (