Cybersecurity expert to keynote Digital Industry USA 2019

Cybersecurity expert to keynote Digital Industry USA 2019

To thrive in the Cy-Phy environment requires the foundational elements of a security strategy including speed, integration, collaboration, and automation.

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Phil Quade, a 34-year veteran of the National Security Association (NSA) and chief information security officer at Fortinet, provider of cybersecurity infrastructure solutions, will deliver the keynote address at Hannover Fairs USA and Deutsche Messe’s inaugural Digital Industry USA on September 11. Quade plans to offer an in-depth look at the evolving cybersecurity landscape and will focus his discussion on the evolution of Cy-Phy, the convergence of cyber things with our physical spaces.

Known as Industry 4.0 and digital transformation in the manufacturing space, Cy-Phy is being driven by the implementation and convergence of technologies, including operational technology (OT) networks, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial IoT (IIoT), 5G, edge computing, and artificial intelligence (AI). “All of these, combined with rapidly developing new technologies on the horizon, are fundamentally changing the industrial automation landscape,” Quade says. “But for these changes to achieve their transformational potential, their security implications need to be understood and planned for long before their impact is felt in the plant. Manufacturing operations, engineering and security professionals will inevitably be drawn into the Cy-Phy revolution.”

Quade will also discuss how this revolution can enable the securitization of industrial automation for those manufacturers who recognize its significance and who are ready to implement the foundational elements of a security strategy that will allow them to thrive in this rapidly emerging Cy-Phy environment. Critical to thriving in the new Cy-Phy environment is the adoption of the foundational elements of a security strategy that includes speed, integration, collaboration, and automation.

“As the convergence of OT and IT accelerates, the likelihood of digital attacks will surface,” Quade says. “Manufacturing equipment and operational technology networks will be exposed to attacks from the plant’s IT networks.”

To that end, Quade’s keynote also will highlight best practices that industrial automation facilities need to implement to future proof their organizations, discussing how to increase network visibility, segment networks, analyze traffic for threats, enforce identity and access management, as well as how to secure wired and wireless access to secure your facility’s IT and OT networks.

During Digital Industry USA, Fortinet and its partners will showcase the company’s latest security solutions, including Fortinet’s Security Fabric platform that provides integration and automation across the plant’s security infrastructure, delivering protection and visibility to every network segment, device, and appliance, whether virtual, in the cloud, or on-premises. Additionally, Fortinet will demonstrate via a host of devices exactly what a cyberattack looks like and what its cybersecurity platform can do to allow organizations to control access to their networks and to prevent future attacks.