Chemical industry consolidates cybersecurity efforts

By Control Engineering Staff October 4, 2005

Arlington, VA —Two chemical industry cybersecurity groups agreed to merge their efforts into one organization. The move by the Chemical Sector Cybersecurity Program (CSCP) and the Chemical Industry Data Exchange (CIDX) to consolidate initiatives follows two years of cooperation between the two groups.

CIDX’s Board of Directors voted late last month to consolidate the CIDX Cybersecurity Initiative into the CSCP. The new organization, which will continue as the CSCP, addresses issues related to the industry’s cybersecurity implementation, advocacy, and outreach.

According to CSCP Director Christine Adams, bringing together the two initiatives will help the new organization respond more effectively to emerging sector needs as it focuses on generating widespread adoption of cybersecurity practices and tools. For more than two years, members of CIDX and CSCP have enjoyed working closely together to help the industry improve its cybersecurity performance, said Adams. Between CSCP’s effort to “increase cybersecurity awareness and preparedness and CIDX’s work to deliver guidance and tools to the sector, we have made great strides. The time has come to bring these two efforts together as we carry out our next phase of action: sector-wide implementation,” she observed.

Transition of the CIDX initiative to the CSC Program is expected to be complete by Jan. 1, 2006. CSCP will focus on its work with industry trade associations to drive adoption of cybersecurity guidance and tools within member companies. CIDX will continue its separate role as a standards organization for the chemical sector.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel, senior editor,