Marty Edwards is a globally recognized industrial automation and control systems (IACS) cybersecurity expert who collaborates with industry, government, and academia to raise awareness of the growing risks of industrial cybersecurity incidents and the need to take steps to mitigate them.
As Director of Strategic Initiatives at the International Society of Automation (ISA), Edwards works with government and industry leaders throughout the world to broaden understanding and implementation of the ISA/IEC 62443 cybersecurity standards. These internationally recognized 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 (NIST) to help strengthen the cyber defenses of critical infrastructure.
Prior to joining ISA in mid-2017, Edwards —a 25-year industry veteran— was the longest-serving Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). Under his leadership the ICS-CERT was awarded the 2013 SC Magazine Security Team of the Year award and was named as a finalist in the Community Awareness category in the 2015 Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLA).
Edwards also served as a program manager focused on control systems security at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and has held a variety of roles in the instrumentation and automation fields. Edwards holds a diploma of technology in Process Control and Industrial Automation (Magna cum Laude) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), and in 2015 received the institute’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2016, Edwards was recognized by FCW in its “Federal 100 Awards” as being one of the top IT professionals in the U.S. federal government.
Edwards also currently serves as the Managing Director of the Automation Federation, an association of non-profit member organizations dedicated to fostering economic growth and manufacturing innovation by helping industry harness the immense capabilities and potential of automation technologies and applications. The Automation Federation was founded by the ISA in 2006.
ISA is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. (www.isa.org)