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MATELEC INDUSTRY will hold a conference on cybersecurity in connected industry in processing plants

The conference, organised by ISA Spain Section (International Society of Automation), will analyse industry 4.0, the need for protection and the relationship between the IT world and OT.

01 Mar 2019

MATELEC INDUSTRY, the International Trade Show for Industrial Technology and Smart Factory, organised by IFEMA and to be held from November 13 to 16 at Feria de Madrid, coinciding with ePower & Building, will hold a session on cybersecurity in connected industry in processing plants. The conference, convened by ISA Spain Section (International Society of Automation), which will take place from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Wednesday 14 November, will analyse industry 4.0 and how it is applicable to the process industry, the need for protection and the types of attacks and the relationship between the IT world and OT, and will take an in-depth look at defence. In addition, several examples will be presented.

Everyone is talking about industry 4.0, IoT and many other concepts that use the connectivity of existing control systems to start managing data that did not seem relevant, until now. However, this connectivity should not take place if it is not based on a protection of the system itself against possible cyber attacks. There is a regulation based on the principles of segmentation of networks in an industrial environment (ISA95), as well as a series of standards to be applied, which are rather basic (ISA99). Currently, these two standards have become the protection IEC62443.

In this context, the conference to be held at MATELEC INDUSTRY on cybersecurity in connected industry in processing plants consists of a first part in which David Ascarza, an industrial engineer who graduated from the University of Alcala de Henares, will analyse the evolution of the industry to the 21st century, the need for external connectivity in control systems, the reality of cyber attacks in the industry, the applicable regulations ISA 95 ISA 99/IEC62443 and the relationship between the IT world and OT, as well as taking a detailed look at cybersecurity and defence. In addition, different examples and applications will be presented based on the above.

David Ascarza has extensive professional experience in the field of control systems in industrial sectors as diverse as food and petrochemical and with virtually all top-level PLC/DCS manufacturers. He currently works at Emerson Automation Solutions, as Head of Sales Iberia Base Installed Control Systems.

In the second part of the meeting a round table will be held, followed by a colloquium, in which experts in the field will participate and take questions from those attending.

About ISA Spain Section (The International Society Automation)

ISA is an international non-profit organisation whose main mission is the promotion of knowledge in the field of instrumentation and control of industrial processes. ISA also has as its main task the development of standards, training, the publication of books, magazines and technical articles for the dissemination of knowledge in its area of ​​expertise. In Spain, the ISA section was founded 20 years ago and currently consists of more than 400 associate professionals and fifty sponsoring companies.