Samuel Linares is Managing Director, Global Industry X.0 and Europe OT Security Lead at Accenture, Independent Evaluator at European Commission, CIIP Expert at ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) and member of ISACA Global Cybersecurity Task Force. With more than 25 years of security, system integration and multinational and multicultural projects management experience, he has been the main promoter of the “Industrial Cybersecurity” concept in Spanish language, being recognized as the key Spanish and Latin-American expert in the area and participating as project leader, speaker, chairman and teacher in more than 50 countries all over the world. Samuel is the founder and former Director of the Industrial Cybersecurity Center, and was Senior Lead Technologist for Industrial Cybersecurity in Booz Allen Hamilton.
He holds various cybersecurity certifications including GICSP (Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control), CGEIT (Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), CISA (Certified Information Security Auditor), CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), GIAC Assessing Wireless Networks (GAWN), Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA), and Google Hacking & Defense (SSP-GHD), BSI BS 25999 & BS 7799 Lead Auditor (since 2002), and several additional vendor specific technical certifications. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the Univ. de Oviedo and is University Specialist in Data Protection by the Colegio Universitario Escorial Maria Cristina.
Modernization of operational infrastructure and online activation of more IP devices is rapidly expanding the attack surface and increasing the complexity of managing OT systems. As malicious threats now pose a much greater risk to operational uptime/availability and IP-enabled OT systems expose business-critical IP data, leaders are under pressure to ensure OT systems are protected.
This is exacerbated by the fact that OT security seriously lags behind IT security. It is no wonder that 89% of firms with OT systems experienced a breach in those systems (and over half in the past year). The threat of malicious intrusions and attacks can have a much greater dramatic impact on operational availability and safety, with only a few downtime minutes adding up to hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in lost productivity and revenue, heightening safety concerns, and detrimentally impacting brand reputation.
Upgrading OT security is not easy, as planned downtime is required for testing, installation, and maintenance. But with increasing pace and sophistication of the threat landscape, traditional security approaches will not work. Industries in purview: manufacturing, oil & gas, transportation, and energy/utilities.