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Why Every CSO Needs to Know Industrial Control Systems (ICS)

  • Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 1:00 AM EDT (05:00:00 UTC)
  • Billy Rios

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Industrial Control Systems (ICS) have introduced tremendous cost savings by automating some of the enterprise's most critical operations. Do you understand the systems that support your critical data centers and corporate campuses? Do you understand the risks associated with these technologies? Every data center, large building, and corporate campus around the world plays host to environmental controls, building entry systems, safety systems, and many other automation systems that are considered ICS. In many industries these systems are a vital component to the enterprises most critical business operations. Given the complexity and specialization of these systems, many of these systems are managed and operated outside of the traditional IT sphere, leaving traditional vulnerability and risk management programs blind to their existence and the risk associated with these systems. Many of these systems are even managed and maintained by external third parties, providing a backdoor to your corporate network and hence represent a new weakest link in enterprise information security. Using the experience of a team with wide experience in critical infrastructure this session talks about strategies for understanding risk and implementing mitigating controls which need to be used to protect these vital systems.

Speaker Bio

Billy Rios

Billy is the founder of Whitescope LLC, a startup focused on embedded device security. Billy is recognized as one of the world's most respected experts on emerging threats related to Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Critical Infrastructure (CI), and, medical devices. He discovered thousands of security vulnerabilities in hardware and software supporting ICS and critical infrastructure. He has been publicly credited by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) numerous times for his support to the DHS ICS Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). Billy has worked at Google where he led the front line response for externally reported security issues and incidents. Prior to Google, Billy was the Security Program Manager at Internet Explorer (Microsoft). During his time at Microsoft, Billy led the company's response for several high profile incidents, including the response for Operation Aurora.

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