ARC Forum Fortinet Workshop: Applying Automation and Control Principles for Active OT Cyber Defense

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By Larry O'Brien
Technology Trends

ARC is once again hosting our Industry Forum in person this year at the Renaissance Orlando Sea World Hotel from June 6-9. You can find more information about the Forum here and you can register here. Registration is free for end-users.  If you've been to previous ARC Forums, you know that we have a strong cybersecurity program, featuring a full day of presentations and workshops on Monday, June 6, with still more OT cybersecurity related presentations from leading industry experts and end users throughout the week. One of our luncheon workshops on Monday at 12 PM is sponsored by OT cybersecurity supplier Fortinet. US-based Fortinet is a leading supplier of networking products including next-generation firewalls, intrusion detection, SIEM, and more.  The Fortinet Security Fabric platform provides security integration and automation across an organization’s networks, devices, and appliances, whether virtual, in the cloud or on-premise.  FortiGuard Labs provides the threat intelligence foundation for all the Fortinet Security Fabric components, continuously updating with the latest threat identification and protection information.  

Applying Automation and Control Principles for Active Cyber Defense

Cybercriminals continue to expand their OT targets of primary interest to all devices that are digitally connected.  Defenders protecting critical infrastructure, from the edge to the cloud, realize that readiness can make a difference in the impact a cyberattack can have on industrial control systems (ICS).  Now the U.S. Government is driving the need for readiness across key industries like the electric system, oil & gas, water & wastewater, and chemical manufacturing as identified in the recent National Security Memorandum.


Automation and controls have long been the foundation of the process that enables the production of goods across many industries. Within these cyber-physical environments, an active cyber defense strategy for operational technology (OT) could benefit from the principles used for automation and control in industrial environments.  While automation has been seen as a detriment to digital security for OT – when governed by ICS standards – value can be realized that yields staff capacity efficiency or scalability to ensure cybersecurity readiness. 

During this cybersecurity workshop, experts from Fortinet will explore the use of : 

  • Deception integrated with SCADA system to lure an attacker and trigger automation to deliver as close to zero false positives as possible.
  • Event correlation to proactively detect changes across the OT environment to ultimately identify specific events that are actionable. 
  • Incident management to prevent organizational disruption of operations, business functions, or services.
  • Continuous Posture Assessment to achieve a level of visibility across OT asset inventory and the related attack surface

Speakers from Fortinet include:

Christopher Blauvelt
Carlos Sanchez

We hope to see you there!


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