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Karl Henderson

Karl Henderson

Technical Director EMEA, Verve Industrial Protection

I have worked on ICS systems for over 20 years and have specialized in securing Critical National Infrastructure [CNI] ICS for the past 16 years. The geographical spread of this work has covered CNI from the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and Australia with the diversity of the systems covering multiple ICS vendors across a range of vertical markets such as Power Generator/Distribution, Oil & Gas, Water and Rail. Part of my role is to help improve awareness surrounding Cyber Security awareness and increase client security maturity and highlight the issues these organizations face whilst trying to maintain the integrity of their systems.

Innovation Through Connectivity - Understanding the inherited landscape

Industrial Control Systems Cyber Security

Abstract: From a CISO’s perspective the biggest challenge can not only be understanding the needs and requirements of the Corporate Landscape but also that of the Operational side of the network. Often a CISO will inherit a series of networks within the Enterprise, part of the challenge in understanding ‘the nature of the beast’ is taking account of the entire estate. On the corporate network, standard tools can be exercised to fault find and re-mediate issues to an extent, the Operational part of the Enterprise is different in so much as running the same tools can and will cause an operational impact if the tools are run within the corporate context. This operational impact could be anything from a Water Treatment plant recording the wrong chemical dosing, power plant shutting down due to the vibration monitoring system failing or an Oil and Gas Pipeline having the safety control system fail due to adverse traffic scanning the network. Within these context’s, this can be mitigated by understanding what actions can be safely performed on the Operational networking environment.

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