CEO at aeSolutions Receives the ISA Excellence in Leadership Award for Leading and Advancing Cybersecurity Efforts
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Greenville, South Carolina, USA – October 21, 2016 – aeSolutions is pleased to share that their CEO, Kathy Shell, P.E., received the Excellence in Leadership Award at ISA’s Annual Gala held on September 24, 2016 at the Newport Beach Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach, California.
Shell received the award for significantly impacting the United States’ ability to secure its critical infrastructure through Cyber Shield 2016 and for leading and advancing the vision to enhance Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity awareness, education, and training. The Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the industry and/or profession to advance automation.
“Industrial cybersecurity was a natural extension of aeSolutions’ process safety services and expertise,” stated Ken O’Malley, Executive VP of Engineering Technology. “Kathy Shell, our CEO, is a visionary and a proponent of industrial cybersecurity as a key component of our overall process safety management program. In a typical manufacturing facility the safety and control systems share a common communication network making both of them vulnerable to a single attack unless additional layers of protection are implemented. It is our mission to educate and train as many people as possible to continue to improve the safety performance of the process industry and Kathy has certainly catapulted these efforts with her full support of the development of the ISA Industrial Cybersecurity Training Program.”
In addition to developing the cybersecurity training materials, the aeSolutions’ industrial cybersecurity team created exercises to take students from a variety of backgrounds and 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.
In business since 1998, aeSolutions is a process safety consulting, engineering and automation company that provides process safety lifecycle solutions and tools. They focus on helping clients close the functional safety loop and achieve their risk management objectives through process risk management, engineering automation, industrial cybersecurity, safety instrumented systems, process control system design, and related operations and integrity management systems.
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org)