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Bridging the Gap Between IT and OT

Coffee with CISOs Episode 4

Join us and our guest speaker Craig Reeds, a veteran cybersecurity engineer with over 30 years of experience in the industry focusing on Operational Technology and industrial controls. We discuss how companies are bridging the gap between it and ot systems and how to protect industrial controls from cyber threats.

Bring your favorite drink (doesn’t have to be coffee) and take a quick break to learn more about:

● The current state of cybersecurity for industrial controls
● What types of attacks and methodologies are used to breach Operational Technology (OT) systems
● Best practices companies can implement to protect industrial controls

The problem in OT is you don’t have, in a lot of cases, a test system that you can use to test a patch on before it’s applied. You have to rely on vendors who did your system integration… to verify that patch before it’s applied.

About the Webinar

Operational Technology (OT) is defined as the combination of hardware and software that detects or causes a change in environments containing Industrial Control Systems (ICS) or instruments used in different sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, and utilities. Recently, major cybersecurity breaches have used OT points-of-entry, making it vital to secure all access points. As the transition from Information Technology-focused cybersecurity to organizational cybersecurity becomes more prevalent in the industry, it is important to understand how to merge your company’s IT and OT departments effectively.

While IT departments value the Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA) Triad, OT values the same pillars of Information Security but prioritizes them as the Availability, Integrity, and Confidentiality triad. Especially in a COVID-19 impacted world where employees are working from home, cybersecurity will become your organization’s least common denominator between departments. To learn more about these ICS issues and merging company departments better, refer to Craig Reed’s previous rThreat Interview.


Craig Reeds bridging the gap between it and ot

Craig Reeds

Craig Reeds is an OT Professional Services Engineer at Forescout Technologies. His 30+ years of experience in the security industry predate the word “cybersecurity” itself. Craig is a subject matter expert in OT security and industrial controls, having previously worked for companies such as Velta Technology and Electric Power Systems. He is an accomplished figure in the industry and has been featured in numerous articles and publications on security for industrial controls.

Daniela Applegate cyber attacks

Daniela Applegate

Daniela Applegate is the Co-Founder and VP of Marketing at rThreat. She entered the cyber industry with over 7 years of experience in creating and executing marketing, design, and e-learning solutions for businesses, primarily focusing on higher education. As a leader in the industry, Daniela is committed to promoting diversity in cybersecurity and creating a platform to educate the greater public on cybersecurity issues.

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