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Cybersecurity Use Cases for the Industrial Internet

  • Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST (16:00:00 UTC)
  • Tim Conway and Francis Cianfrocca

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Energy and power organizations are hesitant to enable Internet communications to industrial assets because of cybersecurity concerns. But integrating the Industrial Internet can lead to increased visibility into OT processes, applications and data. OT data can be leveraged to prevent disruptions and enhance operational efficiency and continuity.


In this presentation, Francis Cianfrocca will describe Industrial Internet security use cases that can move your critical infrastructure from vulnerable to secure. These use cases enable benefits such as reduced costs and improved efficiency; protection of field industrial devices from local and Internet-based attack; safe and secure third-party access to local OT/ICS devices and data; and aggregation and analysis of big data to create visibility and insight to operations.


The presentation will focus on use cases and highlight the following aspects:


- Operational policies that define how you manage your energy and power assets and processes 

- Security policies that define how you protect your physical energy and power assets and business processes from being compromised

- Safety policies that define how you manage energy and power assets and processes to ensure the safety of your employees, your customers, the public, and the environment.

Speaker Bios

Tim Conway

Technical Director - ICS and SCADA programs at SANS. Responsible for developing, reviewing, and implementing technical components of the SANS ICS and SCADA product offerings. Formerly, the Director of CIP Compliance and Operations Technology at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). Responsible for Operations Technology, NERC CIP Compliance, and the NERC training environments for the operations departments within NIPSCO Electric. Previously, an EMS Computer Systems Engineer at NIPSCO for eight years, with responsibility over the control system servers and the supporting network infrastructure. Former Chair of the RFC CIPC, current Chair of the NERC CIP Interpretation Drafting Team, member of the NESCO advisory board, current Chair of the NERC CIPC GridEx Working Group, and Chair of the NBISE Smart Grid Cyber Security panel.

Francis Cianfrocca

Francis leads Bayshore’s technology vision and thought leadership. He is Bayshore’s technology inventor, and a recognized IoT industry visionary and evangelist. He has a significant following on subjects relating to technology, cybersecurity, and national economic and security policy. He is a noted expert in the fields of data security, computer-language design, compiler implementation, network communications and large-scale distributed application architectures.


He is a published author and frequent speaker, holds several issued and pending patents. He recently presented at the IoT World Forum, the IEEE Cybersecurity Conference, the Industrial Internet Consortium, the IoT Global Innovation Forum, the RSA Security Conference, OWASP, ATX Design News, Interop, Mobile World Congress and ICS-ISAC, among others.


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