Security expert from Californian Water Utility to discuss best practices for IoT/OT security

Industrial cybersecurity vendor CyberX is underwriting an FBI InfraGard webinar titled “Strengthening IoT/OT Security for the Largest Supplier of Treated Water in the United States”.  Considering a recent attempted attack on the Israeli water infrastructure, this session should be quite poignant.  According to the announcement, the webinar will feature a presentation from Greg Hiscott the Principal Engineering Technician at the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California,  who discuss best practices for IoT/OT security and cyber resiliency.

As the largest supplier of treated water in the United States, the MWD of Southern California is a critical utility that 19 million people depend upon for their health, safety, and business operations. To supply its service area with reliable and safe water, MWD owns and operates an extensive water system including: 16 hydroelectric facilities, the Colorado River Aqueduct, nine reservoirs, 819 miles of large-scale pipes, and five water treatment plants, four of which are among the 10 largest in the world.

As digitalization has increased connectivity between IT and operational technology (OT) networks in critical infrastructure, the risk of targeted cyberattacks against industrial control systems (ICS) has also increased. Additionally, the attack surface has expanded with the deployment of sensors and other IoT devices to support Smart Water, Smart Grid, and other digital transformation initiatives, along with SCADA system modernization projects.

In this presentation, Greg Hiscott, Principal Engineering Technician at MWD of Southern California and an InfraGard member of the Los Angeles region, and CyberX’s Phil Neray will discuss:

The differences between IT and OT security

The security and compliance benefits of an IoT/OT-specific cybersecurity platform

The deployment and manageability benefits of an agentless IoT/OT security platform

Webinar registration Here

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