Webinar: A new generation of industrial cybersecurity professionals

I am pleased to announce the ISAGCA Webinar on building a new generation of industrial cybersecurity professionals this coming Thursday (April 25).

The Webinar will present the current culmination of nearly a five year effort to establish a concensus-based foundation of knowledge that qualifies industrial cybersecurity professionals

Following the webinar, the 125-page document and all the supporting resources will be available on the ISAGCA web site. This will serve as a valuable resource for the entire community. This would not have been possible without collaboration among DOE/INL, ISAGCA and ISU.

On the Webinar, I will discuss the broad needs, methodology and results of the work.
In addition to the “knowledge” document, we are releasing all of the data gathered and analysis performed. Importantly, this documentation includes the self-reported professional and academic qualifications of the participants. This an impressive level of transparency.

In addition, we are preparing an academic article that focuses on methodology and key insights in greater detail.

Here is the link to the Webinar registration. I hope you will join us!

CS4CA Conference Recap

Last week I attended the Cyber Security for Critical Assets conference in Houston. I was impressed. Low key, probably 200 attendees plus reps from 20 vendors. Hight asset owner presence. I loved hearing the hallway conversations — people talking about real challenges and real experiences.

I was surprised by the candor in the technical deep dive sessions: OT security practioners at asset owners talking about how they had built their programs, including what technologies they had selected for what purpose, and what they planned to do next.

I moderated a panel on workforce development. While it seems everyone likes training,  ours was the only presentation that dealt specifically with intentional developing your people. Panelists included Nikolai Zlatarev of Castleton Commodities, Jude Ejiobi of University of Houston Downtown, and Chuck Bondurant of the Texas Public Utilities Commission.

It was a great panel, and I appreciated representation from industry, academia, and (quasi) government. Each panelist had a different professional pathway into OT security, and that was a key take away. It is such an interdisciplinary field.

Nikolai emphasized that the best way to develop skills was through real world experience. He liked to throw people all the way in. He explained that his career was one great challenge after another. He was obviously a man who had learn to thrive in ambiguous environments, and has a knack for keeping a positive attitude.

Jude does a good bit of security consulting work, and was brought into academia as a lecturer, but now helps direct the UH Downtown Masters in Security Management. Practical and well-spoken.

Chuck came into OT security when he learned that he wasn’t cut out for retirement after military service. His job involves liaising with and supporting Texas utilities on cybersecurity. When he took the job, he had no idea what a PLC was, but his military cybersecurity experience gave him a solid foundation to build on.

I think there is great value to having candid conversations about developing ourselves and our programs. I will look forward to next year!