There is a new ISA/IEC 62443-based cybersecurity training and certificate program.
The aeSolutions program, created after working with ISA (the International Society of Automation) helps industrial IT and industrial control systems professionals improve their understanding of, and acquire a command of the principles covered in, the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards. These standards apply to all key industry sectors and critical infrastructure, providing students with the knowledge to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems.
The entire program consists of four training courses. The fundamentals course takes two days. Additional three-day courses take deeper dives into risk assessment, design, and maintenance.
All the courses include extensive high-quality hands-on labs. After attending each course, students may take an exam to demonstrate their command of the material. Students taking all four courses, and passing all four exams, are allowed to use the title ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Expert.
“It was an honor for me and my team to work with ISA, to fulfill our mutual vision to develop a practical, standards based curriculum, that will quickly enable industrial IT & automation professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to protect their companies ICS systems,” said John Cusimano, aeSolutions’ director of industrial cybersecurity.
In addition to the training materials, the aeSolutions’ industrial cybersecurity team created exercises to take students from a variety of backgrounds introduce them to technology such as passive and active vulnerability scanning, intrusion detection, network monitoring, industrial firewalls, white listing, secure remote access, PLC configuration management, and system hardening.
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