ISA’s ISA/IEC 62443 series of industrial automation and control systems security standards was added to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recognized consensus standards list. The FDA cites the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards in its publication, “Modifications to the List of Recognized Standards, Recognition List Number 032.” More information on recognized standards can be found through the FDA’s searchable database.

Developed through the work of ISA99, the committee on security for industrial automation and control systems, the ISA/IEC 62443 standards are intended to prevent and mitigate cyber damage to industrial plant systems and networks commonly used in industrial settings. Because of their ability to apply to all key industry sectors and critical infrastructure, the ISA/IEC 62443 standards are integral components of the U.S. Cybersecurity Framework, a national cybersecurity initiative officially launched last month in Washington, D.C., by President Obama.

The industrial automation and control systems security standards serve as essential safeguards, says ISA, because they focus on proper control system functioning, plant protection and operations and time-critical systems response. Without these safeguards in place, industrial cyberattack can result in plant shutdown, operational and equipment impairment, significant economic and environmental damage, and public endangerment.

The ISA Security Compliance Institute independently assesses products to ensure conformity with the ISA/IEC 62443 series of IACS security standards. For more information, visit www.ISAsecure.org.