This ISA author Q&A was edited by Joel Don, ISA's community manager. Industrial Data Communications, Fifth Edition is co-authored co-authored by Lawrence (Larry) M. Thompson and William T. (Tim) Shaw. In this Q&A feature, the authors provide important insights on the book’s value and significance. Bonus! Click this link to download a free 33-page excerpt from Industrial Data Communications, Fifth Edition.
Blog Author Q&A Bonus! Click this link to download a free 33-page excerpt from Industrial Data Communications, Fifth Edition.
Click this link to download a free excerpt from Industrial Data Communications, Fifth Edition.
About the Author
Lawrence (Larry) M. Thompson is the owner and general manager of ESdat Co., a consulting firm specializing in industrial data communications. Throughout his career, Thompson has served as a technician, technical trainer, and course developer in electronics, measurement/control, and computer networking. A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Thompson specialized in the maintenance of electronic encryption equipment during his service. His post-military industrial experience includes positions as technician, test engineer, and test engineering supervisor for numerous companies. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and science from Tarleton State University and worked on a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Texas. He retired as department chair for e-commerce technology at Texas State Technical College to run his own consulting business full time. He has served as an adjunct instructor for ISA for more than 23 years. He has written several books, including ISA's Industrial Data Communications and Basic Electrics/Electronics for Control, and is a Certified Automation Professional.
About the Author
William T. (Tim) Shaw, Ph.D., CISSP, C|EH, CPT, is the senior security architect for industrial automation systems at MAR, Incorporated, a privately held professional services firm that provides technical and management services to government agencies and commercial customers. Shaw has more than 40 years of experience in industrial automation, including process/plant automation, electrical substation automation, factory automation electrical/water/pipeline SCADA and equipment condition monitoring. He has held a diverse range of positions through his career, including technical contributor, technical manager, general manager, CTO and division president/CEO. Shaw is an expert in control system cybersecurity, particularly on NERC CIP standards, ISA SP.99 standards, NRC RG 5.71 and the NIST 800-53 standards, and is highly knowledgeable in the areas of U.S. nuclear power plant cybersecurity and physical security. Shaw has written a wide variety magazine articles and columns, and technical papers. He has authored two books, Computer Control of Batch Processes and Cybersecurity for SCADA Systems, and has served as contributing author for other books. Shaw serves as a contributing editor to Electric Energy T&D magazine.