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Eight Common OT / Industrial Firewall Mistakes

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10:30 AM EDT (2020-07-21 14:30:00 UTC)
  • Michael Firstenberg

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  • Waterfall Security

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Overview

Firewalls are easy to misconfigure. While the security consequences of such errors may be acceptable for some firewalls, the accumulated risks of misconfigured firewalls in a defense-in-depth OT network architecture are generally unacceptable. We explore eight common mistakes that firewall administrators make and describe how these mistakes can compromise ICS network security. The lesson here though is not stop making mistakes. The lesson is to choose appropriate technology for the need. We explore technology alternatives to OT firewalls that eliminate the potential for online attacks as a result of misconfiguration.

Speaker Bio

Michael Firstenberg

Mike Firstenberg is the Director of Industrial Security for Waterfall Security. Mike brings two decades of experience in Process Control Security, specializing in Control System Cyber Security. With a proven track record as a hands-on engineer - researching, designing, and implementing strategic security solutions, Mike has an established background working with governmental institutions, regulatory authorities, and industrial utilities. The former chair of the American Water SCADA Council, Mike studied Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, and Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, and has served as a speaker and panelist at numerous conferences and events around the world. Mike participates actively in ISA SP99, and serves on committees that have created Industrial Cybersecurity guidelines and roadmaps in many sectors.

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