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This content is courtesy of 8 INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 WWW.ISA.ORG ISA and Siemens partner for industrial cybersecurity awareness for the Augusta C h r o n i c l e / TA C Media, Morris Communications, LLC. She has more than 25 years of experience in in- formation tech- nology, process control, and pro- cess automation for both discrete and continuous process industries. She was a General Motors Scholar, earning a BA degree in mathematics from Smith College. She also completed two years of graduate studies in industrial and sys- tems engineering as a General Motors Graduate Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and she has a PhD in man- agement information systems from Ken- nedy Western University. In addition to her experience manag- ing strategic change, Koon has also been a member and leader at ISA for more than 20 years. She has held a variety of prominent roles in the Society, including Society president (2014), chair of the Au - tomation Federation (2015), member of the ISA Executive Board (2016), and chair of Workforce Development for the Auto - mation Federation (2016). n of ISA, and I am proud of what we have achieved and the work we are doing," Gouhin said. "A strong foundation has been laid based on the effort of many passionate volunteer leaders and a won- derfully dedicated staff team that will al low the next executive director to hit the ground running." During his tenure at ISA, Gouhin has overseen many significant milestones in the Society's history, including the expan- sion of ISA's brand family to include the founding of The Automation Federation and the Au tomation Standards Compli- ance Institute, and the acquisition of digital media organization The world's only consensus standards for indus - trial cybersecurity, ISA/IEC 62443, were also developed and expanded under his tenure. Interim Executive Director Koon's expe- rience and expertise are in strategy devel- opment and execution, leadership coach- ing, and change management. Koon is the former vice president of au dience I SA executive director and CEO, Pat- rick Gouhin, will be stepping down. ISA's President, Steven W. Pflantz, an- nounced that a search committee will be formed in the immediate future to iden- tify Gouhin's successor. The selection and announcement of a new executive direc- tor are expected to occur in the months ahead. Peggie W. Koon, PhD, CEO and founder of Leading Change, LLC, will serve as interim executive director. "Pat has been our executive director since 2006 and has been a dedicated employee of ISA," Pflantz said. "Under Pat's leadership, ISA has progressed on many fronts. We will continue to ensure ISA's long-term vitality as we continue our commitment to advance the profes- sion of automation. The board is com- mitted to the strategy work that has been done thus far and is grateful for Pat's leadership in bringing us to this point." "This is an exciting time in the history ISA announces plans for new leadership of professional staff I SA and Siemens have formed a part- nership to increase awareness of the need for industrial cybersecurity. The partnership, forged in response to the changing industrial security landscape and growing cybersecurity threats to au - tomation networks and systems, specifi - cally focuses on broadening understand- ing and adoption of industrial automation security standards. Both organizations will share expertise in protecting automation environments based on ISA/IEC 62443, a consensus- based series of industrial cybersecu- Peggie W. Koon rity standards, and appropriate security measures through cosponsored events, webinars, and additional educational resources. Together, ISA and Siemens in tend to raise awareness and share best practices of industrial security with owners and operators of industrial equipment. "Cybersecurity needs to be addressed by industrial companies, as recent global ransomware attacks have demonstrated the possible impacts in the last weeks. Our customers need to adequately man - age the associated cyberrisk arising from the vulnerabilities of IT technology com - bined with the increased connectedness in our digital age," says Henning Rudolf, global head of Siemens Plant Security Services. The ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) operates one of the first standard - ized assessment schemes for the ISA/ IEC 62443 IACS cybersecurity standards, and this program has been heavily ad - opted by Siemens as a provider of au- tomation equipment and industrial se- curity services, as well as being a global manufacturing company. n automation update | News from the Field "A strong foundation has been laid based on the effort of many passionate volunteer leaders and a wonderfully dedicated staff team that will allow the next executive director to hit the ground running." —Gouhin

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