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Wednesday, April 17 • 4:15pm - 4:50pm
Protecting the Systems that Power Our Lives

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A growing number of industries are already integrating networking and digital communications into the OT space by deploying new Industrial IoT (IIoT) devices such as smart meters, automated asset distribution systems, and self-monitoring transformers. It follows, then, that the convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) has become a business imperative.

As this technology advances and converges with networked tech the need for OT security grows exponentially. This session investigates how the OT environment can be safeguarded as the line separating OT/IT environments fades, what is the availability of skilled resources in OT security space, and what organizations need to do to close the security gaps.

Key Focus areas of the presentation
  • What security challenges has the IT-OT convergence brought to ICS security and what are the typical OT cybersecurity risks?
  • Given that cybersecurity is more IT-focused than OT, how do we bring cybersecurity into OT and begin to secure those systems?
  • Are regional enterprises well equipped to tackle OT security threats?
  • There are great disparities between IT and OT environments. So, do ‘OT Security Professionals’ need separate skill sets when compared to Cyber Security?
  • Are such skill sets available in the region for OT security professionals?
  • What further needs to be done to upgrade the skill sets of an organization’s workforce and tackle the issues of OT security?
  • Is it possible to secure industrial networks without disrupting operations or risking non-compliance?

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Seán Paul McGurk

Vice President, Cyber Services, DarkMatter
Seán McGurk serves as the Vice President for Cyber Services with a focus on Critical Infrastructure Protection and IT governance. Prior to joining DarkMatter Mr. McGurk was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Amazon Web Services Global Data Center Operations. In this role, he was... Read More →

Wednesday April 17, 2019 4:15pm - 4:50pm GMT+08
Sophia Sophia (Stamford Ballroom)