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Wednesday, October 27 • 2:15pm - 2:55pm
2021 Update to IT/OT Convergence

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While IT/OT Convergence has been discussed heavily in recent years,  it remains an area of concern and a challenge. Real world attacks against ICS/SCADA and others, such as SolarWinds, Colonial Pipeline, JBS meat processing, and Kaseya, are raising concerns about interconnectivity and the resulting vulnerability of ICS/SCADA systems. While some organizations are taking steps to converge cyber control and cybersecurity of their IT and OT operations, much still needs to be done and more organizations need to recognize the need.

This presentation will discuss:

  • The threat landscape and actions organizations can take to increase awareness among executives and senior management
  • The challenges of ever increasing connectivity between OT and IT infrastructure and/or connectivity of OT infrastructure to the Internet, lack of documented connectivity, resistance to change, denial, misunderstanding, and delays to ICS upgrades,
  • Best practices of network and subnet segmentation, online and offline backups, patching, strong access protection, and others, and,
  • The need for maintaining safety, continuity of operation, recognition of the long life cycle of ICS, and understanding of the differences between OT and IT.

Speakers
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Jack Oden

Program Director, ICS Cybersecurity SME, and Consultant, Parsons
Jack D. Oden, Principal Project Manager and ICS Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert (SME), is a self-motivated, energetic, and accomplished team player and speaker with twenty years’ experience in negotiating system improvements between users and engineers; developing projects... Read More →


Wednesday October 27, 2021 2:15pm - 2:55pm EDT