ISASecure Embedded Controller Security Assurance Certification Framework approved

ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) has formally approved an Embedded Controller Security Assurance (ECSA) Framework, identifying the embedded controller testing approach and high level criteria for passing or failing the ISASecure tests.

09/01/2009


The ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) has formally approved an Embedded Controller Security Assurance (ECSA) Framework, the group said in a statement today.

The ECSA Framework establishes important foundational definitions necessary for completion of the ISASecure ECSA test specification. It establishes the scope of the ISASecure test specification, and identifies the embedded controller testing approach and high level criteria for passing or failing the ISASecure tests.

A publicly available version of the ISASecure ECSA Framework describing the ECSA certification program will be published and posted on the ISCI website this month.

The detailed ISASecure ECSA certification includes three broad areas of assessment for embedded controllers - Security Functional Assessment, Protocol Robustness Testing, and Software Development Security Assessment. The ECSA test specification will undergo an independent review and is slated for completion at the end of third-quarter 2009.

Johan Nye, chairman of the ISCI Governing Board, says the certification program "will provide assurances to owner/operators that products meet known cyber security requirements based on industry standards."

The ISASecure test specification is designed to be used by suppliers in their product development and manufacturing processes to facilitate baseline security levels in Industrial Automation Control Systems (IACS) products, he says. The same ISASecure test specification will also be used by ISCI accredited independent labs to certify cyber security characteristics of IAC products using ISCI accredited test tools. ISASecure certification testing will commence in first-quarter 2010.

The ISA Security Compliance Institute was founded in 2007. Founding Members include Chevron, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Honeywell, Invensys Process Systems, Siemens, and Yokogawa. Key Technical Members include Exida, Mu Dynamics, Rockwell Automation, and Wurldtech Security Technologies, ISCI says.

Also read, from Control Engineering : , and see the

Industrial Cyber Security blog .

-Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering www.controleng.com





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