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2024 ARC Forum Cybersecurity Program Highlights Critical Industrial Security Challenges | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


The strong attendance for the Cybersecurity program at the ARC 2024 Industry Leadership Forum in Orlando demonstrated how recent cyber incidents have raised the importance of cybersecurity for all industrial companies. 

Embedded in a larger conference that explores new developments changing industrial operations makes the ARC Industry Forum cybersecurity program unique and a great opportunity for users to get a heads up on future security challenges. And attendees routinely report how this helps them ensure that security programs enable secure, rapid deployment of new corporate digital transformation initiatives.

This year’s ARC Forum cybersecurity program kicked off with presentations by ARC and CISA that highlighted the significant increase in ransomware attacks on industrial operations and how cyberwarfare risks have grown. End users and attendees shared ideas and strategies for dealing with this new threat landscape in three subsequent workshops and five end user case study sessions that spanned the industrial landscape. 

End user presenters and panelists and executive level attendees are a hallmark of ARC’s cybersecurity program and distinguishes it from other cybersecurity conferences. End users participating in this year’s event represented many countries and industries ranging from oil and gas, chemicals, electrical power, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and more. The program’s workshops and case studies received high ratings for content and relevance. Most importantly, the attendees appreciated the many opportunities for cybersecurity people to network with peers and discuss their issues with leading automation suppliers and OT cybersecurity experts.



Program highlights


The ARC 2024 Orlando Industry Leadership Forum included five days of workshops, keynotes, and sessions spanning the myriad developments revolutionizing industrial plants and critical infrastructure operations. This included new challenges like sustainability and new technologies like Industrial AI, digital twins, edge computing, open automation, and more. Cybersecurity is intertwined with all these developments, and the Forum cybersecurity program reflected this in the many cybersecurity workshops and case study sessions. 

The cybersecurity program included a full day of cybersecurity workshops that discussed emerging developments and what’s needed to secure facilities in light of today’s new challenges. End user case study presentations augmented the topical workshops and shared strategies that companies are using to deal with the diversity of cybersecurity challenges across diverse industrial operations. 



Cybersecurity workshops


Several hundred cybersecurity and other professionals took advantage of the pre-forum cybersecurity workshop day. This was kicked off with a session on Industrial Cybersecurity–Today and Tomorrow that provided useful insight from Jason Burt and Gary Hopewell of CISA on today’s challenging threat landscape and recent incidents like the Colonial Pipeline. ARC vice president and cybersecurity practice leader Sid Snitkin augmented this with a review of recent ARC research.




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