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Building an ICS Security Program: Where to Begin

  • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST (18:00:00 UTC)
  • Michael Assante

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In the first of our series of webinars, "Building an ICS Security Program" we provided a road map for developing an Industrial Control System (ICS) focused security program. We will provide insights from some of the world's first dedicated programs, map past research, and examine what skills and strategies will make a difference. This webinar series will be integrated with the community ICS/SCADA security initiative being discussed at the SCADA Summit in Orlando, Florida this February. The series will discuss concepts that can be applied by small engineering departments all the way up to larger organizations that are reliant on ICS across multiple business units. During the first webcast we will provide the steps to begin a program and share real world examples of how to overcome the challenges of integrating teams and practices to protect deployed operational technologies.

For more information regarding the ICS SCADA Security Summit visit http://www.sans.org/event/north-american-scada-2013

Speaker Bio

Michael Assante

Michael Assante is currently the SANS lead for Industrial Control System (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) security and Co-founder of NexDefense an Atlanta-based ICS security company. He served as Vice President and Chief Security Officer of the North American Electric Reliability (NERC) Corporation, where he oversaw industry-wide implementation of cyber security standards across the continent. Prior to joining NERC, Mr. Assante held a number of high-level positions at Idaho National Labs and served and as Vice President and Chief Security Officer for American Electric Power. Mr. Assante's work in ICS security has been widely recognized and was selected by his peers as the winner of Information Security Magazine's security leadership award for his efforts as a strategic thinker. The RSA 2005 Conference awarded him its outstanding achievement award in the practice of security within an organization.

He has testified before the US Senate and House and was an initial member of the member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. Before his career in security served in various naval intelligence and information warfare roles, he developed and gave presentations on the latest technology and security threats to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director of the National Security Agency, and other leading government officials. In 1997, he was honored as a Naval Intelligence Officer of the Year.

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