IEEE Standards Made Easy

Compliance just got easier as The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards Association is now offering a collection of nearly 90 safety and security standards on three disks covering critical infrastructures, computers and networks, and the generation and use of electricity. The set, called the IEEE VuSpec: Safety & Security Standards Series, compiles more than 6,000 pages.

It includes original standards and their revisions through January 1, 2006. Each disk also contains a glossary of standards terms, an index, the ability to search for specific content in a standard or across multiple standards using key words and links to relevant online resources.

The first volume -- Critical Infrastructure -- covers standards for workplace and consumer risk factors, as well as security threats. Topics covered include: Power and grounding issues in electronic equipment, Radiation detectors, Electromagnetic fields (EMF) and radio frequency (RF) issues, such as RF emission from equipment, measurement of RF and EMF, and safe levels for human exposure to such fields.

Volume two -- Computers & Networks -- covers risks including online crime, bugs, terrorism, hacking, viruses and protecting sensitive information. It includes standards for such topics as: Environmental specifications for computer modules and systems, Information assurance and public-key cryptography, LAN/MAN wireless network -- security architecture, key management, secure data exchange and resilient packet ring.

The third volume -- Electrical Safety-- provides recommendations for managing the risks inherent in electrical work and includes information on resistance heat tracing, power distribution, circuit breakers, motors in hazardous locations and insulation in stator coils.

To learn more about the IEEE VuSpec: Safety & Security Standards Series, go to and search on the product designations for the three disks, SE121, SE122, and SE123.

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