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Threat Management Made Easy: How to Protect Your ICS Network with Less Effort

  • Thursday, June 7th, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT (17:00:00 UTC)
  • Dennis Murphy and Dean Parsons
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How can you proactively improve your ability to better detect and respond to threats?

 Did you know:

  • Reliability and availability is the number one concern of ICS asset owners. (SANS Institute)
  • The cost to the global economy of cybercrime has been estimated at $445 billion a year.A growing trend is the use of cyberattacks to target critical infrastructure and strategic industrial sectors, raising fears that, in a worst-case scenario, attackers could trigger a breakdown in the systems that keep societies functioning. (Global Risks Report 2018, World Economic Forum)
  • The average cost per unplanned downtime hour is $260,000, with $140,000 for petrochemical and $1.3M for auto industry manufacturing. (Multiple sources: Contingency Planning Research & Schneider Electric, ATS Survey, Aberdeen Group)

During this talk Dean Parsons and Dennis Murphy, Director of US Operations, will discuss lessons learned from our 5+ years experience in managing large network security monitoring projects and how we have turned this experience into self-learning capabilities, smart automation and advanced threat libraries continuously updated by analyzing intelligence sources and real-world threats discovered through customer collaboration. Because of this, our solution effectively reduces analysts workload and streamlines traditionally expensive operations like:

  • Taking inventory of assets and vulnerabilities to help prioritize and mitigate threats
  • Maintaining compliance with company security policies to avoid changes and human error that can cause unplanned downtime
  • Better detecting known and unknown threats
  • Reacting immediately and recovering faster

Speaker Bios

Dennis Murphy

Dennis started his career designing, installing and maintaining process automation networks 25 years ago. Most of his experience with SCADA systems was in the integration of data between the IT and OT networks. In 2005, he realized how security was more of an afterthought and shifted his focus to securing ICS networks. Now he is a network security monitoring (NSM) professional and uses this technology to help control system engineers and IT security professionals understand the impacts they have on the security of control system networks. Dennis focuses on providing practical solutions to meet national critical infrastructure cyber security requirements. His main interest is in bridging the gap between the information technology (IT) requirements and operational technology (OT) requirements.

Dean Parsons

Dean Parsons continues his passion for Information and Cybersecurity with goals of continuous education and giving back to the community. His passion for security started in the 90s in high-school with writing C in vi and, using and writing educational hacking tools on early distributions of Linux. He funded his studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland by working as a security consultant performing Linux Security hardening, writing networking code in C, performing ethical hacks and vulnerability assessments for local enterprises. Also during this time he taught programming and data constructs to high-school students that would go on to compete in programming competitions.

After earning a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science he worked for a Canadian Telecommunications company as Security Analyst, and Senior Security Specialist in an incident handling role for over a decade. Dean is an active member of the security community, coaching students in the field, mentoring and encouraging others to obtain renowned professional certifications, attending well known conferences (DefCon, Blackhat, SANS events and summits, etc.), and speaking at Bsides on the ICS/SCADA threat landscape including Stuxnet, Havex, BlackEnergy3.

Dean has a natural way of engaging the audience and his students, taking every opportunity to encourage others to expand their knowledge in the security field. Dean has been a student of SANS for over a decade, currently the Information Security Officer for an Energy and Utility organization in Canada, and holds the following security designations - CISSP, GSLC, GCIA.

While working at a high-level most of the time, Dean still keeps his technical skills sharp paying close attention to the 'devil in the details' by overseeing Security Operations. In the run of a day its common for Dean to be working at the packet level or the policy level at the same time.

When not focused on security, he spends his time boating and exploring the coast of Newfoundland, jumping icebergs, playing piano or riding motorcycles year-round through all weather. After taking on the adventure of riding a motorcycle year-round, including the harsh conditions of Newfoundland winters, Dean, an accomplished motorcycle instructor, published a book, The Evergreen Rider on his motorcycle touring adventures as he rediscovered his homeland. Favourite quote: Do. Or do not. There is no try. - Yoda

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