Rick brings the Fortinet OT-CI team more than 37 years of cybersecurity and global partnering experience working across foreign, domestic, and commercial industry sectors at the National Security Agency (NSA). As Fortinet’s Operational Technology North American CISO, he delivers cybersecurity defense solutions and insights for the OT/ICS/SCADA critical infrastructure environments. Prior to Fortinet, Rick led development of cyber capability across Endpoint, Infrastructure, and Industrial Control System technologies at the agency. Previously, Rick also served as an executive leader supporting the Information Assurance Directorate at the NSA. Earlier in his career, he served in a broad range of leadership and Engineering roles including Chief of Staff for the NSA Cyber Task Force and a 5-year forward liaison charged with directing integration of cyber and cryptologic solutions for U.S. Air Force Europe, Ramstein AFB, Germany.
As manufacturing organizations adapt their IT and OT infrastructure to account for digital transformation, they must also undergo a security transformation to protect against evolving cyber threats. As the production environment increasingly becomes connected to the internet, organizations strive to secure the growing number of enabled IoT devices while maintaining business imperatives like operational efficiency, continuity of operations, product integrity, and compliance. An effective security transformation needs to account for visibility to all users, devices and applications on the network, defining access controls to continuously monitor the level of trust given and leverage the data being collected for continuous analysis and situational awareness. During this session, we will explore the impact and considerations for safe and secure operations built on best practices for mitigating OT cyber risk.