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A Case Study: Exploring Potential Attack Methods and Sophisticated Security Defenses for the World's Power Plants

  • Friday, March 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT (2017-03-24 19:00:00 UTC)
  • Patrick McBride


  • Claroty Inc.

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As a fundamental critical infrastructure component, electric utilities are a distinct target for threat actors. The increasing interconnectivity between automation control systems and IT networks across power generation, transmission and distribution introduces a growing attack surface within the electric utilities ecosystem and introduces a security imperative upon the industry's key stakeholders worldwide.

Power generation plants are a major part of the electric utilities ecosystem, and while they vary greatly from each other, in terms of fuel, size and age, all of them utilize OT networks to govern the critical processes that they manage.

This case study will examine potential attack pathways for adversaries targeting power generation plants. It will look at areas to avoid and focus on real-world recommendations on best practices for driving increased security.

Speaker Bio

Patrick McBride

Patrick is the Chief Marketing Officer of Claroty. Prior to joining the company, he was the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at iSIGHT Partners (now FireEye). At iSIGHT Partners Mr. McBride was responsible for defining the global threat intelligence market and was a key advocate for security professionals shifting from attack response to proactive preparation. Before iSIGHT Partners, Patrick led global marketing at privileged identity management company, Xceedium Inc. ,and was co-founder & CEO of META Security Group, a security and compliance software and consulting company, and was a Senior Vice President of META Group (now Gartner), where he led the Global Research Teamís network security and IT operations practice.

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