Process Control Systems Forum Annual Meeting agenda available now

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FALLS CHURCH, VA, Jan. 3, 2007 -- The Process Control Systems Forum (PCSF) has released its agenda for the PCSF 2007 Annual Meeting, March 6-8 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Discounted registration for the event ends Jan. 5.

Don't miss this opportunity to register for the PCSF Annual Meeting prior to Jan. 5 and obtain the discounted rate of $625. This three-day event matches solution seekers with solution providers and presents end-users with tactical and strategic solutions to their most pressing control system security concerns. Meeting attendees will collaborate through interactive demonstrations, training classes, case studies of applied solutions, tabletop exercises, and presentations.

Preview of Sessions and Demonstrations:
Smarter, Faster, Safer SCADA from Your Existing Environment -- A protocol-independent solution for legacy and newer control systems that provides comprehensive electronic perimeter security, improves network performance, and provides intelligent troubleshooting, forensic, and diagnostics tools.

Making the Control System Intrinsically Secure (Defense in Depth for Legacy Systems) -- Defense-in-depth solution for both new and legacy control systems, designed from the ground up with the environment, staff capabilities, and needs of industry in mind. Some unique features include: zero configuration field deployment, central management based on standard control systems concepts, and "Device-Focused Rule Creation" so that that firewall rule sets are automatically created.

Real World Security Certifications and Achilles -- The Achilles Vulnerability Assessment Platform is the first automated, comprehensive testing product for systematically assessing network stack robustness and locating zero-day vulnerabilities in industrial control devices.

CS2SAT - Control Systems Cyber Security Self Assessment Tool -- Development of the CS2SAT was funded by the Department of Homeland Security to provide owner operators with a tool to assess the strength of control system cyber security implementation. The desktop application will be demonstrated along with training sessions offered.

Managing Compliance Evidence: Establishing a Trusted Cost Effective Framework for Managing Data and Performing Successful Audits -- This session will demonstrate how trust and accountability can be utilized in automated systems that can not only collect and manage compliance evidence but also provide a framework for external auditors to evaluate organizational compliance progress.

To learn more about the above sessions, click here.

For a direct link to the Preliminary Agenda, click here.

To register now to attend the PCSF 2007 Annual Meeting, click here.

In conjunction with the PCSF Meeting, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC65/WG10 will hold an open working session to further develop a three-part international standard currently in progress on system and network security for industrial-process measurement and control systems.

And the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) Vendor Forum will host a closed-door meeting on March 5. For more information, please contact Jeff Hahn at Jeffrey.Hahn@inl.gov or 208-526-6178.

Based in Falls Church, VA, the PCSF (www.pcsforum.org) has established a reputation for raising awareness about programs and activities responsible for introducing or improving technologies, driving research, and pursuing unique approaches to solving control system security issues. The PCSF also has succeeded in bringing diverse communities together to identify common issues, plan direction, and produce deliverables leading to improvements. The PCSF will continue to rely upon these principles to provide a strong program for the 2007 Annual Meeting.

The purpose of the Forum is to facilitate the collaboration of control systems stakeholders to accelerate the design, development, and deployment of more secure control and legacy control systems. Forum participants include international stakeholders from government, academia, industry users, owner/operators, systems integrators, and the vendor community.

The PCSF is sponsored by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Cyber Security Division (NCSD), Control System Security Program (CSSP). The PCSF supports CSSP's mission to focus collaborative efforts of public, private, and international entities to secure control systems cyberspace in support of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

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