April Cybersecurity Seminar

The New Orleans Section is pleased to announce our spring training seminar, Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity.

Title: Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: M.S. Benbow and Associates, 2450 Severn Ave, Metairie, LA 70001
Cost: $325 Members, $450 Non-Members
Register Online: https://isanolacybersecurity.eventbrite.com

About our topic:

Until recently, the reasons for securing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) or Industrial Control Systems (ICS) weren’t always that compelling to the end user. But cyber-attacks on are on the rise with the increased convergence of plant operations with IT infrastructure.  The risks are certainly greater with critical infrastructure facilities such as Power, Oil & Gas, or Water/Wastewater plants.  But smaller less critical processes are also exposed to cyber-attacks which can pose significant risks to human health and safety, the environment, and business operations.

To begin to address the risks and mitigation of cyber-attacks, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has put together a framework to address ICS Cybersecurity.  This ICS security guide advises on how to reduce the vulnerability of computer-controlled industrial systems to undesired attacks, equipment failures, errors, inadequate malware protection and other threats.

Join us for a special event that will discuss the main tenants of the NIST ICS Cybersecurity framework that includes Identification, Protection, Detection, Response and Recovery techniques as used in industry today.

Guest Presenters include representatives from these companies:

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8:00 – 8:15  Welcome and Introductions
8:15 – 9:00  NIST Cybersecurity Framework Overview
9:00 – 10:30  Identify: Identifying the Threats to the ICS
10:30 – 12:00  Protect: How to Protect and Defend Against Cyber Threats
12:00 – 1:00  Lunch
1:00 – 2:30  Detect: Detection of Undesired Activities in Real-time
2:30 – 4:00  Response & Recovery: Response Planning and Recovery from an ICS Attack
4:00 – 4:30  Wrap-up, Panelist Q&A

About our Guest Speakers:

IDENTIFY – Identifying the Threats to the  ICS by David Bacque – Senior Manager – Accenture Asset and Operations Services (AAOS), North America

David Bacque is a Senior Manager with Accenture’s Asset and Operations Services division.  He formerly held positions of increasing responsibility with Cimation as Industrial IT Consultant, Supervisor, Program Manager, and Director of Operations.  Dave received his BS in Information Systems and Decision Sciences – Management Information Systems from Louisiana State University in 2001.  Prior to his involvement with Cimation, Dave was involved in IT and Systems Administration at Albert Garaudy and Associates, TOTAL Petrochemicals, and Audubon Engineering.

PROTECT – How to Protect and Defend Against Cyber Threats by Mitch Williams – IT Operations Supervisor – Chevron Oronite Company

Mitch Williams currently works in Belle Chasse, LA for Chevron Oronite Company.  He is the IT Operations Supervisor and is responsible for the security and information protection governance for the entire IT system.  He also supports global efforts to increase protection from cyber-attacks.  Prior to joining Chevron, Mitch was appointed as the Network Security Officer (NSO) for the Coast Guard Finance Center.  He and his team of IT Professionals have successfully passed several IT audits with the government and while working for Chevron.

Mitch earned a bachelor’s degree in Internetworking Technology from Strayer University and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Ashford University. His experience in cyber security extends into network traffic analyzing, intrusion protection, next generation firewall as well as monitoring and alerting on suspicious behavior.

DETECT – Detection of Undesired Activities in Real-time by Robert Albach – Senior Product Line Manager – IoT Security – Cisco Systems

Robert Albach joined Cisco in 2010.  As a product manager, he has defined and delivered three network security solutions.  His most recent solution is Cisco’s first Industrial Security Appliance.  Prior to his Cisco tenure, he guided the IPS Management solutions and low end IPS solutions for Intrusion Prevention pioneer TippingPoint.  Outside of network security, Robert has lead product management efforts in the application management space at IBM/Tivoli; BMC; and Quest Software.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts on how to better secure your ICS platforms for cyber-attacks.  Seating is limited.  PDH hours are available to attendees.

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