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Successful Cybersecurity Summit Brings 120+ Technical Leaders to Aberdeen | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

The International Society for Automation (ISA) picked Aberdeen, Scotland as the launch venue for its Operational Technology (OT) Cybersecurity Summit given the city’s strategic position in the energy sector.

Following two days focusing on cybersecurity training, a two-day conference programme at the city’s Ardoe House Hotel & Spa featured a welcome from Aberdeen Lord Provost Dr David Cameron plus addresses from keynote speakers Cheri Caddy, deputy director at the US Office of the National Cyber Director and Megan Samford, VP, chief product security officer–Energy Management, Schneider Electric.

They were joined by hand-picked subject matter experts from the US and UK who presented real-world applications of ISA/IEC 62443, the world’s only consensus-based automation and control systems cybersecurity standards. 

The Summit brought in-person and online delegates together and allowed operators, service companies, regulators, and equipment providers to meet face-to-face to discuss relevance to respective supply chains, and where vulnerabilities lie. Attendees were also able to gain insight into better protection for themselves and their customers through a series of presentations, questions and audience participation.

Commenting on the success of the event, Claire Fallon, ISA Executive Director, said: “Attracting more than 120 in-person and online delegates to our first-ever UK event of this kind is a clear demonstration of the appetite which exists for learning and networking opportunities focused on cybersecurity in operational technology environments.

“Two additional ISA events are planned for 2023 in the US and Australia that will focus on digital transformation, cybersecurity, and other leading topics in automation. We look forward to returning to the UK in the future to ensure that we continue to share knowledge and advocate for standards-based OT cybersecurity practices.” 


About the International Society of Automation (ISA)

The International Society of Automation (ISA) is a non-profit professional association of engineers, technicians, and management engaged in industrial automation.  As the globally trusted provider of foundational standards-based technical resource for the profession, ISA strives to build a better world through automation.

In the photo above, these people appear from left to rigth: Steve Mustard (ISA Treasurer and ISA OT Cybersecurity Summit conference committee chair); Cheri Caddy (Deputy Assistant National Cyber Director, The White House); Megan Samford (Vice President and Chief Product Security Officer for energy management at Schneider Electric) and Dr David Cameron, Lord Provost of Aberdeen.


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