ARC and SANS Webcast on IT/OT Convergence and Cybersecurity

By Larry O'Brien

Technology Trends

ARC recently had another in its series of podcasts/webcasts with ISSSource and Greg Hale.  This live webcast has now been archived, and you can access it here on the SANS web site (requires account creation). Blurred boundaries between IT, OT, and IoT demand a more integrated, collaborative cybersecurity strategy. ARC Advisory Group's Eric Cosman joins Doug Wylie, Director of Industrials & Infrastructure Practice at SANS Institute to discuss SANS Institute's 3 steps towards a hybrid IT/OT approach to cybersecurity for industrial, infrastructure, and smart city applications.

IT/OT Convergence Creates Cybersecurity Challenges

Areas of discussion for this webcast included:

  • Considerations of Industry Risk
  • Why Security for Automation Matters
  • Risk Mitigation Strategies

IT/OT Convergence is Creating New Challenges for ICS Cybersecurity

Challenges continue to grow for the industrial cybersecurity community. Broader deployment of operational technology is expanding the use cases requiring protection. Resource shortages are undermining the effectiveness of established defenses. Join us at the ARC Forum in Orlando, February 12-15 where we'll continue the conversation in our Cybersecurity and Safety track.

Speaker Bios

Eric Cosman

Eric has over 35 years of experience in the development, delivery, management, and support of operations information technology solutions in the process industries. During his career his assignments and responsibilities have included process automation systems development, communications network design, functional and technical architecture design, and technology lifecycle management. He recently retired as an Operations IT Consulting Engineer with the Dow Chemical Company.

Doug Wylie

Doug Wylie directs the SANS Industrials and Infrastructure business portfolio, helping companies fulfill business objectives to manage security risks and develop a more security-effective workforce. His career spans more than 22 years. He served as Rockwell Automation’s director of product security risk management, where he established and led its industrial cyber security program. Doug works around the world with companies, industry groups, standards bodies and government entities to establish safer, more secure and reliable control solutions that integrate with business operations. He holds the CISSP certification and numerous patents, as well as being an accomplished writer, speaker and presenter.

Gregory Hale

Industrial Safety and Security Source ( is a web-based information provider devoted solely to keeping manufacturers current on safety, cyber and physical security news, products, features, applications and trends.

Editor and founder of ISS Source, Gregory Hale, has over 30 years in the publishing industry covering manufacturing automation for 10 years as the Chief Editor of InTech magazine. Prior to starting at InTech in 1999, Hale was the Editor in Chief at Post-Newsweek's Reseller Management magazine. In addition, he is the co-author of the book, "Automation Made Easy" "Everything You Wanted to Know About Automation - and Need to Ask".

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