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Eric Byres receives ISA Excellence in Leadership Award


November 12, 2013
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Eric Byres, chief technology officer with Lantzville, B.C.-based Tofino Security, recently received the 2013 International Society of Automation (ISA) Excellence in Leadership Award.

In only its second year, this award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the industry, including advancements in automation.

“When considering nominations, we look for someone whose vision has fostered a paradigm shift, whose leadership has profoundly impacted the profession, and whose contributions have enhanced social value,” said Terrence G. Ives, ISA president. “This award is a way to express our appreciation for Eric’s outstanding achievements to the industry.”

Byres received the rare honour of ISA Fellow in 2009 for his outstanding achievements in science and engineering. Now, his ISA peers have elected to recognize him for his leadership in developing numerous innovations, industry standards and best practices in industrial cyber security.

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World-renowned for his expertise on cyber security solutions to protect SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and industrial control systems, Byres’ vision centers around two key pillars: robust security tailored for industrial requirements and simple deployment.

Byres’ innovative approach helped invent the Tofino Industrial Security Solution – a system that protects industrial networks from external threats and internal network incidents. Its groundbreaking plug-and-play design allows facilities to easily implement robust security without operational downtime.