New book looks at the need for mission-critical operation specialisations

January 12, 2018 // By Ally Winning
The International Society of Automation (ISA) has published a new book that looks at how the mission critical operations field is growing in importance and career opportunities that are being created in the field.

Mission critical applications are activities, systems or equipment that could result in serious consequences, including loss of life, environmental harm, plant damage or financial loss if a failure occurs.


The book, written by Steve Mustard and named “Mission-Critical Operations Primer” investigates the essential components and ideas behind the subject and looks at the role of standards, technologies, processes, safety and security considerations, risk management methodologies, and response preparation and execution.


The book uses the 2015 cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid as an example. The attack resulted in 225,000 people being left without power in winter for over six hours. Failures in network design, monitoring and incident response meant that the operator had to perform manual operations for months after the attack, which resulted in significant extra costs. Another incident included in the book is the November 2017 cyberattack on an infrastructure organisation in the Middle East, which resulted in a plant being shut down.

The book can be purchased here


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