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In recent years the need to improve the cybersecurity of information and automation systems in the critical infrastructure has received a great deal of attention, both within the industrial community and beyond. This is but one example of how the automation, safety and other engineering disciplines must react and adapt to changing needs in our increasingly sophisticated society. Disruptive technologies such as the machine learning the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) all have the potential to influence practices in many engineering disciplines. The International Society for Automation (ISA) has adopted the vision statement "Create a better world through automation." As a professional community we can realize this vision by constantly evolving to address the challenges associated with technology and societal trends ranging from digital transformation of businesses to smart cities and autonomous vehicles. These and other changes present opportunities for current and future members of our profession. How we address those opportunities is entirely up to us.
ISA HQ President 2020 / Founder & Principal Consultant, ISA HQ / OIT Concepts LLC
Eric C. Cosman is the founder and Principal Consultant with OIT Concepts LLC. He provides consulting and advisory services with a focus on the management of IT solutions in Operations and Engineering. With over 35 years of experience in the process industries Eric has held several positions related to industrial applications of information technology, with responsibilities in system architecture definition and design, project management, technology life cycle management, integration planning and industrial systems cybersecurity.
He has contributed to various standards committees, focus groups, and advisory panels. He has served as the vice president of standards and practices and executive board member at The International Society for Automation (ISA) and is the society President for 2020.
Eric is an industry leader in the development of standards and practices for industrial control systems security. He co-authored the American Chemistry Council strategy for cybersecurity in the chemical industry and is a founding member current co-chair of the ISA99 committee on industrial automation and control systems security.