The Automation Federation, the International Society of Automation (ISA), and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) will co-present an industrial cybersecurity seminar on April 18, 2014 titled, “Protecting Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure: How are you mitigating the risk of a cyberattack?” 

The seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Northern Illinois University Naperville campus located at 1120 Diehl Road in Naperville, Ill.

The free seminar is part of a series of nationwide meetings designed to educate U.S. industrial and manufacturing leaders and operators of critical infrastructure on the importance of implementing the U.S. Cybersecurity Framework and its key components.

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During the past year, representatives from ISA and its umbrella organization, the Automation Federation, have assisted in the formation of the US Cybersecurity Framework—at the White House’s request—because of their experience in developing the ISA/IEC 62443 series of industrial automation and control systems (IACS) security standards.

The Cybersecurity Framework, officially launched last month in Washington, DC, serves as a voluntary how-to guide for American industry and operators of critical infrastructure to help strengthen their cyber defenses. The guide is a key deliverable from the Executive Order on “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” that President Obama announced in his 2013 State of the Union address.

Registration for the event can be found online here, or by contacting Amy Fitzgerald, IMEC marketing manager, at or at 309-677-2977. There is no charge to attend the event, but all interested companies are encouraged to register prior to the April 10 deadline. Questions may also be directed to the IMEC marketing department.

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