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Protecting Critical Infrastructure by Transforming Threat Intelligence into an Effective Defense

  • Thursday, April 09, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST (2015-04-09 19:00:00 UTC)
  • Mark Trump, Michael Assante


  • BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

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Industrial Control System (ICS) networks and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are the cyber backbone and brains of the nation's Critical Infrastructure. Asset owners are taking advantage of the latest IT technologies to operate more effectively, but these benefits are not without risks. New vulnerabilities that have traditionally been the problem of IT security are now relevant to these critical systems.

In this talk we will highlight the latest methods for making effective use of Threat Intelligence in the IT arena and then go on to indicate how similar approaches could and should be applied to securing Critical Infrastructure.

Speaker Bios

Michael Assante

Michael Assante is currently the SANS lead for Industrial Control System (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) security and Co-founder of NexDefense an Atlanta-based ICS security company. He served as Vice President and Chief Security Officer of the North American Electric Reliability (NERC) Corporation, where he oversaw industry-wide implementation of cyber security standards across the continent. Prior to joining NERC, Mr. Assante held a number of high-level positions at Idaho National Labs and served and as Vice President and Chief Security Officer for American Electric Power. Mr. Assante's work in ICS security has been widely recognized and was selected by his peers as the winner of Information Security Magazine's security leadership award for his efforts as a strategic thinker. The RSA 2005 Conference awarded him its outstanding achievement award in the practice of security within an organization.

He has testified before the US Senate and House and was an initial member of the member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. Before his career in security served in various naval intelligence and information warfare roles, he developed and gave presentations on the latest technology and security threats to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director of the National Security Agency, and other leading government officials. In 1997, he was honored as a Naval Intelligence Officer of the Year.

Mark Trump

Senior Cyber Consultant - Critical Infrastructure. Mark Trump is a US Naval Veteran with extensive hands-on specialist experience in electronics, nuclear and other complex technologies. Over the last two decades, as a Product Manager he has worked closely with critical infrastructure vendors specializing in high-security physical electronic access and cyber security, and has been a primary technical contact in the design, development and procurement of a wide range of product and solutions for Operational Technology. Coupled with other experience in the field, both conducting internal and external cyber assessment activities and leading engineering teams performing critical infrastructure asset change-outs, configuration changes and critical security upgrades, he has built up a rich experience of Operational Technology and Industrial Control Systems. Sharing his experience with others, Mark has led and trained engineering teams and worked closely in an advisory capacity with Critical Asset owners while developing assessment methodologies to perform NERC-CIP and NEI 08-09 Cyber Security assessments. He has also, served on the NERC-CIP Revision 5 Draft Committee.

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