Johnson Controls joins International Society of Automation’s Global Cybersecurity Alliance as a founding member

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Industry leaders across critical infrastructure and manufacturing unite to address cybersecurity threats in the Digital Age

MILWAUKEE – (July 31, 2019) – Johnson Controls today announced its participation as a founding member of the International Society of Automation’s Global Cybersecurity Alliance (GCA). This cohort of industry leaders seeks to advance preparation and awareness of cybersecurity threats in the operational technology domain, particularly the manufacturing and critical infrastructure spaces. Members include end-user companies, automation and control systems vendors, IT infrastructure vendors, services providers, and system integrators, all united in the goal of most effectively and proactively addressing growing cyber-threats.

“Digital transformation continues to accelerate across the buildings sector which heightens the urgency for cybersecurity considerations to take a leading role in planning,” said Jason Christman, vice president, chief product security officer, Global Products, Johnson Controls. “As a leader in the industrial automation controls business, Johnson Controls is already a strategic member of the ISASecure program and takes proactive actions to protect customers against cyber-threats and decrease risk. Joining the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance is a natural extension of that commitment and supports our company’s values, customer adoption of the ISA/IEC 62443 standard and our efforts to educate global government and regulatory bodies.”

GCA’s objectives include driving development of and compliance with global standards to help address technology gaps and set best practices. Member companies will be key drivers in identifying initiatives and priorities, ensuring through the diversity of participants that the Alliance’s approach is all-encompassing. To that end, the group will focus on increasing educational opportunities, developing certification and education programs for industry professionals, in addition to determining sensible approaches with world governments and regulatory bodies. Other priorities include driving advocacy, thought leadership and knowledge sharing to shape processes and proactive approaches.
“Digital transformation continues to accelerate across the buildings sector which heightens the urgency for cybersecurity considerations to take a leading role in planning.” – Jason Christman, vice president, chief product security officer, Global Products, Johnson Controls

To address the evolution of cyber-threats, Johnson Controls builds resiliency and adaptability into products and solutions to help keep our customer’s data safe and secure, and to enable our solutions capacity to evolve throughout their entire lifecycle. This includes enhancing products with updated and innovative security technologies, providing a formal Product Security Incident Response (PSIR) program and issuing security advisories and patches to strengthen building systems resiliency against attack.

As a lead up to this effort, the ISA and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) developed the 62443 Series of Standards, the world’s only consensus-based cybersecurity standard for automation and control system applications. The standards define requirements and procedures for implementing electronically secure automation and industrial control systems and security practices, as well as assessing electronic security performance.

To learn how Johnson Controls can help protect against cybersecurity threats, visit our website.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global leader creating a safe, comfortable and sustainable world. Our 105,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions and integrated infrastructure that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities in 150 countries. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win everywhere, every day and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About ISA
The International Society of Automation ( 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. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.

ISA owns, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (, an association of non-profit organizations serving as "The Voice of Automation." Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute ( and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (

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