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Improving Security Through IT/OT Collaboration

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST (2014-01-07 18:00:00 UTC)
  • Graham Speake

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Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and networks have increased in size and complexity, and integrate more and more standard IT systems as part of the solution. The optimum set-up of these systems can often be undertaken quicker and in a more secure manner by IT staff with many years experience configuring these systems than by OT staff, who are often unfamiliar with the complexities of these systems. However, there is often a wall erected between these two groups resulting in distrust and unwillingness to co-operate.

As we accelerate the IT-type systems and software integrated and essential to todays ICS we must learn how to break down these walls. This webinar will give an overview of the problem and the historical back ground before outlining a number of methods that can be utilized to ensure that the respective IT and OT staff can begin to integrate and work seamlessly together.

Speaker Bio

Graham Speake

Graham Speake is a control systems cyber security evangelist with over 30 years in the industrial engineering field. Graham is a vice president and chief product architect at NexDefense, he is a SANS trainer and also a subject matter expert to the GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) certification. Graham has had roles in both end-user companies (BP and Ford Motor Company) as well as industry suppliers (Yokogawa Electric Company and Industrial Control Services Ltd). Prior to NexDefense, Graham was Principal Systems Architect at Yokogawa Electric Corporation, a major supplier of ICS and SCADA equipment. He helped steer the development of security within the Yokogawa products and also to ensure that relevant security certifications such as ISASecure and Achilles were achieved. Before Yokogawa, Graham spent nearly 10 years at BP holding multiple security positions in both the UK and US. The majority of his focus during this time was on securing the critical plants both downstream and upstream (such as refineries, oil platforms, etc.)

Graham has authored and has been a technical editor for a number of books.

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