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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 is an active member of the cybersecurity community, dedicated to educating others while also helping companies address contemporary risks to business operations that stem from ever-changing threats. He is a consultant, security practitioner and often speaks at high-profile cybersecurity events. Dean holds a Bachelor Major Computer Science degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and accredited designations to include: CISSP, GSLC, GCIA, GRID. He is a SANS instructor for ICS515: ICS Active Defense and Incident Response and is also a member of the SANS/GIAC advisory board. It's common to find Dean working at both a packet and policy level.

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