Experts Will Address Industrial Security At ISA Expo 2009

Sept. 11, 2009

Sean McGurk, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Director, Control Systems Security Program (CSSP), will present the ISA Expo 2009 Keynote Presentation on Oct. 7. In his presentation, entitled “Securing the Nation’s Industrial Control Systems Infrastructure," McGurk will discuss the current threat landscape, common vulnerabilities and security issues facing critical infrastructure control systems, and mitigation strategies being developed to address these challenges. He will also discuss current program efforts including how to become directly involved in securing the Nation’s critical infrastructure control.

Greg Garcia, president, Garcia Strategies, LLC, will deliver the featured presentation, entitled “Industrial Security and the Political Control System: A View from Washington." Garcia served as the nation’s first Presidentially appointed Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Communications (CS&C) for the DHS, from 2006-2008. During his tenure, the DHS affirmed the urgency of cyber security across the nation and embarked on a comprehensive cyber initiative that will measurably strengthen the security of our nation’s networks against domestic and international threats.
Wednesday’s security spotlight will also feature a live “Hack and Defend Industrial Wireless Systems” demonstration. The never-been-done-before wireless hack and defend tutorial session will give attendees the chance to learn techniques about breaking and defending wireless systems, as well as pose questions to the experts.
The ISA Security Lounge will offer meet-and-greet opportunities with ISA EXPO keynoters—including Sean McGurk and Greg Garcia, industry leaders, recognized professionals, presentations, and running demonstrations of cyber security related topics of interest featured during the technical conference. 
The ISA EXPO 2009 conference will feature six Exchange Conference Tracks centered on key issues facing instrumentation, automation, and control professionals, including a dedicated track on industrial security. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss best practices, lessons learned, and potential solutions to specific automation problems as part of the conference's technology exchange format.

ISA Expo 2009 runs Oct. 6 – 8 at the Reliant Center in Houston.

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