Cyber Security Course offers Florida DEP-approved CEUs and PDHs: 0.7 CEUs

Participants in the optional full-day course on SCADA Cybersecurity  will now be able to get Florida-DEP approved CEUs and PDHs. This means that attendees can receive 0.7 CEUs (credit equivalent units) that they can use towards their Florida Department of Environmental Protection state water operator license and/or state wastewater operator license.  Florida licensed engineers can also get 7 PDHs (professional development hours) from attending the symposium.

Attendees also have the option of receiving IACET-approved CEUs from the ISA. The ISA is a registered IACET education provider and can issued a certificate for 0.7 CEUs.  These CEUs (or 7 PDHs) can be used to satisfy continuing education requirements in other jurisdictions as applicable. They can also be used for the ongoing professional development requirements for the ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) and Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) certifications.

We are able to offer the Florida DEP recognized CEUs/PDHs thanks to our partnership with the Florida Section of the AWWA.  During the last few months we have been working with the Florida AWWA to be able to offer these CEUs/PDHs for our attendees in both the water and wastewater sectors.  The Florida AWWA is a registered education provider with the Florida DEP, and has granted us a registered Florida DEP “course number” of 05134002. A copy of the official course approval can be viewed here.   The Florida DEP approved CEUs/PDHs will be issued by the Florida AWWA, and will be made available to attendees shortly after the symposium. An application form for the CEUs and PDHs will be available at the symopsium. Attendees will receive a CEU/PDH certificate in the mail, and their CEUs will be registered into the Florida CEU/PDH database.  The cost of the certificate is included in the symposium registration.

About the Course:

Security for Automation, SCADA and DCS systems is a hot topic in our sector. Recent news reports about hackers infiltrating public utility control systems has brought renewed attention to the importance of security for our all-important water/wastewater infrastructure. As part of the WWAC symposium, we are offering a timely automation security course that gives an overview of why automation security is needed, how to identify potential risks, and how to go about putting a program in place to mitigate risks.
This full day course covers the basics of the ANSI/ISA99 Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems standards and how these can be applied in a typical water or wastewater district. You will be introduced to the terminology, concepts, and models of ANSI/ISA99 CyberSecurity. As well, the elements of creating a CyberSecurity management system will be explained along with how these should be applied to commonly used SCADA, DCS and Automation systems in the water and wastewater sectors.

About GrahamNasby

Director, ISA Water/Wastewater Technical Division ---- Graham Nasby, P.Eng., PMP is a senior I&C Engineer with Eramosa Engineering Inc. His areas of expertise include instrumentation, control systems design, electrical design, project execution and plant start-ups. He is also subject matter expert in alarm management and works extensively in the municipal water/wastewater sector. Graham was the chair of the 2012 and 2013 ISA water/wastewater symposiums. Graham lives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and can be contacted at: [email protected] .