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association news | Highlights & Updates 40 INTECH MAY/JUNE 2019 WWW.ISA.ORG A t the SANS ICS Security Summit in March, ISA director of strate- gic initiatives Marty Edwards was honored by his peers with the SANS ICS Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes individuals who have contributed exceptional efforts to en- hance the security of industrial control sys- tems on an international scale, and who actively strive to bridge the gap between information technology (IT) and operations technology. Through educational contribu- tions to the community, honorees have sig- nificantly increased the awareness of risks to industrial control systems (ICSs) and fostered the idea that cybersecure ICS implementa- tions and defense in ICS are achievable. "Marty's unwavering commitment to his mission to help in- dustries mature and better defend ICS from evolving cybersecu- rity threats continues to have an unmistak- ably positive effect on society," said Mike As- sante, director of criti- cal infrastructure and lead for the ICS curricu- lum at SANS Institute. "His active involvement in the community has made industrial cybersecurity a mainstream topic worthy of attention at the highest levels of government and with public and private companies alike." As director of strategic initiatives at ISA, Edwards works with government and industry leaders throughout the world to broaden understanding and implemen- tation of the ISA/IEC 62443 cybersecu- rity standards. These internationally rec- ognized standards are key components of The Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (updated April 2018), a how-to guide developed through the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology to help strengthen the cyberdefenses of critical infrastructure. Before joining ISA in mid-2017, the with Zabel to determine publication and content strategy, develop content, and manage the publications' contributors, staff, and pro- duction processes. Bassett will be based in Nashville, Tenn. Bassett is an expert content creator, media manager, and mar- keting communications specialist in the areas of industrial man- ufacturing, technology, and automation. She possesses more than 20 years of experience in content generation for techni- cal and nontechnical audiences. Over the course of her career, Bassett has provided her services to leading automation publica- tions—including Automation World and Control Engineering— and developed and implemented media and communications programs for many industrial automation companies. ■ R enee Bassett has been named chief editor of ISA's InTech magazine and Auto - mation.com digital content-delivery site for automation professionals. Bassett replaces Bill Lydon, who will continue with the publications as contributing editor. Bassett joins ISA's team of pub- lishing professionals that includes Lydon, ISA's group publisher Rick Zabel, and content editor Cory Fogg. In her role, Bassett will work Bassett named chief editor of InTech ISA director of strategic initiatives awarded SANS ICS Lifetime Achievement Award 25-year industry veteran was the longest- serving director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Sys- tems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS- CERT). Under his leadership, the ICS-CERT was awarded the 2013 SC Magazine Secu- rity Team of the Year Award and was named as a finalist in the community awareness cat- egory in the 2015 Government Information Security Leadership awards. Edwards also served as a program man- ager focused on control systems security at the Idaho National Laboratory and has held a variety of roles in the instrumentation and automation fields. He holds a diploma of technology in process control and indus- trial automation (magna cum laude) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and in 2015 received the institute's distin- guished alumni award. In 2016, Edwards was recognized by FCW in its "Federal 100 Awards" as being one of the top IT profes- sionals in the U.S. federal government. Edwards is currently the managing director of the Automation Federation, founded by ISA in 2006. This association of nonprofit member organizations is dedicated to fostering economic growth and manufacturing innovation by helping industry harness the immense capabilities and potential of automation technologies and applications. ■

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