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Thursday, October 26 • 11:45am - 12:30pm
IT/OT Convergence Cybersecurity: Are We There Yet?

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In this session, Jack D. Oden, Principal Project Manager and ICS Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert at Parsons Government Services, poses the question “Are we there yet?”, while considering the road already travelled (history), the map we are using (process), and road blocks, speed traps, and cattle crossings (concerns), for our trip to converge Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT).

For quite a few years, we have been talking about travelling down the road leading to the convergence of IT, i.e., servers, workstations, Internet Protocol (IP) switches, etc., and OT, power generation and distribution, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), and the control of these and other similar devices. While we have seen the sign posts indicating there has been some activity on the subject, and even passed milestones for some success stories, there is still a road to travel and a lot of work to be done, all while the technology is expanding around us.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the main differences between IT and OT, including terminology, equipment, operating systems, programming language, and safety
  • Identify the challenges including vulnerability, organizational convergence, and culture
  • Discuss the current status and way forward

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Jack D. Oden

Principal Project Manager/ICS Cybersecurity SME, Parsons Government Services
Operational and information technology collaboration, Risk Management Framework, applying cyber security controls, cybersecurity for government and commercial industrial control systems, site assessments, power and building management and control systems security

Thursday October 26, 2017 11:45am - 12:30pm
Windsor Ballroom CDE