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Protecting the Critical: An innovative approach to defending your Industrial Control Systems

  • Tuesday, August 08, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT (2017-08-08 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Stuart Phillips, Christopher Blask, Mike Assante


  • Unisys

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Always on, always operating and always critical, Industrial Control Systems (ICS) increasingly use public networks optimized for access, not security. As organizations merge traditional IT with Operational Technology (OT) networks to save cost of equipment and manpower, traditional approaches such as "air gap" are no longer sufficient. Often difficult to update, ICS environments are defenseless against common threats such as ransomware and DDoS attacks.

Join this webinar with Mike Assante, SANS Director of Critical Infrastructure, and Unisys ICS industry security experts Chris Blask and Stuart Phillips, to learn how a micro-segmentation security strategy can help you modernize your ICS deployment without compromising security and privacy.

Join us on this webinar to learn how to:

  • Assess your security posture, and create an actionable plan to reduce risk
  • Secure critical infrastructure using micro-segmentation and monitoring
  • Identify and plan for the unique risks of ICS
  • Achieve compliance with standards such as ISA99/IEC-62443

Speaker Bios

Mike 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.

Christopher Blask

Chris has been involved in the ICS and information security industries for more than 25 years, spanning the breadth of the cybersecurity spectrum. He invented one of the first commercial firewall products, built a multibillion-dollar firewall business at Cisco, co-founded an early Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) vendor and co-authored the first book on SIEM. He chairs the Industrial Control System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Certified ISAOs (Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations) and is involved with a wide range of national and international cybersecurity efforts. Chris lives in Orlando, Florida.

Stuart Phillips

Stuart has over 25 years of experience in security, networking and unified communications industries. He has worked for some of the largest vendors (Cisco, Polycom and Avaya) in this space in sales, marketing and product / program management roles. Stuart has extensive experience with end users in the military, government and financial markets, covering all areas of security. He managed Cisco security marketing in Asia Pacific while completing his MBA in Singapore. Stuart later founded and ran a subcontractor for the U.S. Air Force, which managed a high security lab for developing software models for secure communications over highly degraded military satellite networks. He is based in Thornton, Colorado.

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