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A Principal Control Engineer's Perspective on Defending Energy Utilities from IoT/ICS Attacks

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 3:30 PM EDT (2019-09-24 19:30:00 UTC)
  • Henry Sierk


  • CyberX

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The grid runs everything, from manufacturing to financial, communications, transportation, water, and hospital networks. At the same time, energy utilities worldwide are under continuous attack from sophisticated adversaries including nation-states and organized crime. As the industry undergoes digital transformation and the deployment of unmanaged IoT/ICS devices, the attack surface is increasing -- and so is the business risk.

In this educational webinar featuring Hank Sierk, Principal Controls Engineer with 30+ years of experience in the energy utility industry, we'll cover key topics including:

  • The need for continuous security monitoring
  • Simplifying NERC-CIP with agentless asset discovery and passive vulnerability assessments
  • Leveraging network traffic analysis (NTA) to troubleshoot OT equipment issues (misconfigurations, etc.)
  • NOC/SOC integration
  • Tips for breaking down IT/OT organizational silos

Speaker Bio

Henry Sierk

Henry (Hank) Sierk recently retired after a 38-year career in the energy utility industry.. During that time he was responsible for setting the technical direction for a group of engineers performing control system projects of various types; acting as a subject matter expert regarding industry standards; working to actively maintain an overall corporate strategy to maximize the financial benefits derived from control systems; and addressing the need for control system security. He was previously a Power Production Engineer at Pennsylvania Power & Light. Hank is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the Commonwealth of Virginia and holds a BSEE from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

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