RISI has a history dating back to early 2001 when Eric Byres, Justin Lowe and David Leversage developed a database called the Industrial Security Incidents Database (ISID) while working on an academic research project. ISID tracked industrial security incidents affecting control systems allowing the them to identify trends and patterns in support of their research project. In 2006 BCIT, Eric, Justin and David discontinued ISID.
In 2008 Eric Byres of Byres Research Inc. and Mark Fabro of Lofty Perch Inc. began collaboration on a project to develop the Repository of Industrial Security Incidents (RISI) with a goal of making RISI available to the entire industrial automation community. On March 31st, 2009 exida acquired Byres Research and in July 2009 created the Security Incidents Organization™, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, to operate RISI and fulfill the vision of Eric, Justin, David, and Mark that one day this important information would be available to the community.
The spirit of ISID and RISI has always been about exemplary research and a sharing of information amongst a community of people who value this information. The Security Incidents Organization™ was established to maintain this spirit and to be a self-sustaining organization focused on performing research in the public interest and making the results of that research available to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. It’s success is dependent not only on the financial support of member companies , but more importantly on the willingness of those affected by industrial security incidents to share their experiences for the benefit of the community.
The RISI Advisory Panel is comprised of volunteers from industry who provide guidance to the Security Incidents Organization regarding RISI policies, products and services. It is also responsible for recruiting members and maintaining the organization's strong public image, through press release updates and advocacy with various issues relating to its mission.
Panel Members are nominated and approved by majority vote of the existing Advisory Panel to serve for 3 years, with the possibility of reappointment depending on circumstances.
Current RISI Advisory Panel Members:
Spitzer and Boyes, LLC
Dow Chemical Co.
Broward County WWS
Tennessee Valley Authority
The RISI Advisory Panel operates under a set of Organizational and Operational Guidelines that were prepared and ratified by the Advisory Panel. Click HERE to download a copy.
Sr. Technical Advisors:RISI is also supported by two Senior Technical Advisors who support the collection, vetting, and analysis of incidents and provide valuable expert insight into the Analysis reports.