Vol. 16: The Connected Universe

CEOs and CISOs on Cybersecurity Risk in OT and IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a significant component of future manufacturing and process control systems. Cybersecurity is the top concern for IIoT adoption. Since applications for the IIoT is a natural evolution, IIoT inherits some security challenges from IoT due to the similar basic architecture. In this discussion, we explore the differences between IoT and IIoT and we have assembled an array of talented cybersecurity professionals with which to conduct that exploration.

About the Panelists

Participating in this latest panel discussion are:

Blake Moret, CEO, Rockwell Automation; Yaniv Vardi, CEO, Claroty; Summer Fowler, CISO, Argo AI; John Kindervag, SVP, Cybersecurity Strategy, ON2IT; Chuck Books, President, Brooks Consulting Int’l.

Moret is chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation. As CEO, he’s dedicated to delivering the company’s strategy to bring the Connected Enterprise to life. Rockwell Automation integrates control and information to help make industrial companies more productive and the world more sustainable.

Vardi is an entrepreneur with more than two decades of global executive leadership experience. He has established a track record of developing and executing global business strategies and directing worldwide growth. As Claroty’s CEO, Vardi will lead the company through its next stage of growth and solidify its position as the leader in OT security.

Fowler has more than 19 years of experience in risk management and software engineering. She came to Argo AI from Carnegie Mellon University’s CERT cybersecurity division, where she served as technical director of cybersecurity risk and resilience. Prior to her work at CERT, Fowler was a technical member at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab and a software engineer at Northrop Grumman. In addition to her role as Argo’s CISO, she’s an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University.

Prior to joining ON2IT, Kindervag was the field CTO at Palo Alto Networks, where he advised both public and private sector organizations on how to solve their toughest cybersecurity challenges, including best practices in the design and building of zero trust networks. Earlier, while working at Forrester Research, where he was a vice president and principal analyst on the security and risk team, he created the zero trust model. He also previously served as a security consultant, penetration tester and security architect.

Brooks, who heads a consultancy, is a globally recognized thought leader and evangelist for cybersecurity and emerging technologies. LinkedIn named him as one of “The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn.” He was named by Thomson Reuters as a “Top 50 Global Influencer in Risk, Compliance” and by IFSEC as the “#2 Global Cybersecurity Influencer” in 2018.

Outline of This Episode

In this panel discussion hosted by Information Security Media Group and CyberTheory, these executives address:

  • Critical infrastructure protection;
  • Management complexities;
  • Improving IIoT security.