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Are you ready for a cyber attack?

Don Horne   

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Canada’s industrial process systems are experiencing more cybersecurity threats than ever before, and with operational technology (OT) systems are becoming increasingly interconnected with IT systems and the internet, opening them up to more sophisticated attacks leading to impacts in output, product quality and revenues.

At its worst, these attacks can potentially lead to environmental disasters within critical infrastructure systems.

In the past 12 months, 51 per cent of senior IT, security, and OT professionals surveyed by The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. (ESG) indicated their organization had experienced a cybersecurity incident or data breach due to a supply chain partner.

Perhaps more alarming, 18 per cent think they have experienced an incident or breach but are not sure.


In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has sped up the digital transformation for many Canadian companies, which has led to an increased adoption of remote management and automated systems.

But you can better prepare yourself for an attack through this free webinar in October.

The Cybersecurity for the OT world webinar will focus on giving executives, engineers and plant operations personnel an understanding of the vulnerabilities to their systems and how to minimize the disconnect between OT and IT environments.

Leading the discussion on October 6 will be Richard K. Peters (Rick), CSIO, Operational Technology North America.

To register, click here.

Peters 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.

Large or small, cyberattacks are making headlines and elevating executive attention toward cyber readiness. Preparing for, responding to and recovering from cyberattacks should be a strategic part of any business continuity plan.

As recent cyberattacks have demonstrated increased risk to both IT and operational technology (OT) environments, readiness equates to enforcement of rules and policies that provide the visibility, control and situational awareness to respond at the speed of business.

During this session, the Peters will explore the research findings with a look at the disruption OT attacks have on critical business processes and explore security considerations for developing cyber resilience covering security fundamentals and readiness planning to protect your IT and OT environments.

To register for this free webinar, click here.


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