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Cyber Senate 4th annual Industrial Control Cybersecurity Europe conference

Understandings the BASICS – Optimising your ICS Security Posture

As Operational Technology (OT) environments become increasingly interconnected and smarter, organizations face significant digital transformation challenges. The business demand for the raw data and information produced by OT systems is growing exponentially both from an internal and external perspective. As the demand for data increases, so has the volume of cyber-attacks specifically aimed at OT system. Cyber-attacks are becoming more advanced and have the potential to impact a number of aspects of a company’s business including safety, health and environment, production operations, information integrity, financial performance and reputation.

For a company looking to harden their OT environment, identifying where to begin can often be a confusing and difficult process. Before embarking on an OT hardening project, for example by either implementing costly technical solutions or introducing new OT specific policies and procedures, leaders need take a step back and ask themselves if they understand, or have thought about, the “BASICs” of OT.

In this session, Leidos Cyber Expert, Scott Keenan, will explain Leidos’ view of OT “BASICS” which provides organizations with the foundation necessary to build a OT hardening project.

The Cyber Senate announce ICS ISAC Alliance

ICS-ISAC Chair Chris Blask noted that Cyber Senate is an example of an information sharing organization which spans key demographics. “The mission of information sharing involves many stakeholders groups across the entire global community. Cyber Senate captures key thought leaders and works to share information among them and with critical communities. We see Cyber Senate as a highly valuable organization and are pleased to support the good work they are doing.”

The Department of Homeland Security join as Key Note Speakers

The Cyber Senate are pleased to announce Mr Marty Edwards, Director ICS CERT, Department of Homeland Security will be joining us as the Key Note speaker on October 13th and 14th in Sacramento California for the 2nd annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA conference. 

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Assistant Deputy Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) Director, Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) Department of Homeland Security Marty Edwards is the Director of the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), an operational division of the department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and the DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) ICS-CERT works to reduce industrial control system risks within and across all critical infrastructure and key resource sectors by coordinating efforts among federal, state, local and tribal governments, as well as industrial control systems owners, operators and vendors. In collaboration with the other NCCIC components the ICS-CERT responds to and analyzes control systems related incidents, conducts vulnerability and malware analysis, and shares and coordinates vulnerability information and threat analysis through products and alerts.

Mr. Edwards has over 20 years of experience and brings a strong industrial control system industry focus to DHS. Before coming to the ICS-CERT, Mr. Edwards was a program manager focused on control systems security work at Idaho National Laboratory. Prior to his work at the laboratory, Mr. Edwards held a wide variety of roles in the instrumentation and automation fields, including field service, instrument engineering, control systems engineering and project management. Mr. Edwards has also held various positions in nonprofit organizations, including Chairman of the Board for one of the automation communities’ largest user group conferences. Mr. Edwards holds a diploma of technology in Process Control and Industrial Automation (Magna cum Laude) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.