** Wed 21AUG ** Que SARA, SARA: the Inevitability of Knowledge Sharing – an ICS-ISAC Public Briefing

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Aug 14, 2013 04:12 am PST

Many in the industrial cybersecurity space have long pressed for faster action on the part of stakeholders. Over recent years, however, much of this emoting has seemed to fall on deaf ears. 

Today, however, we find ourselves surrounded by the components necessary to finally address the situation. From technical to political tools, from regulatory to corporate motivations, at local, state, national and international levels the pieces of the puzzle have evolved to the point where they can be assembled into the required solution.

Join us Wednesday Aug 21st from 1-2:30pm ET for a discussion on the state of maturity of the constituent components of shared situational awareness. Facilitated by ICS-ISAC Chair Chris Blask this panel of leading subject matter experts — including Graham Speake (Yokogawa) plus Tim Conway & Michael Assante (SANS) — will delve into the pressures which have built over many years and how these culminate in the present efforts to secure our shared infrastructure.

Designed to benefit both the technical & non-technical attendee the ICS-ISAC Public Briefing series takes a no-nonsense approach to addressing issues that cut across industry, sector, and job function. So whether you are hands-on ICS, administrator, or C-level decision-maker you will find valuable information that you can take and implement to further secure your industrial control systems.

Que SARA, SARA: the Inevitability of Knowledge Sharing

Wednesday August 21st, 2013 

1:00-2:30pm ET

Register here to attend this event



Graham Speake – Principal Systems Architect at Yokogawa

As the Principal Systems Architect for Yokogawa Graham Speake (CISSP) is a highly skilled system security professional with a wealth of experience on both process control systems security and IT security from the vendors’ as well as the asset owners’ perspectives. Prior to joining Yokogawa Graham spent 10 years at BP where he was employed primarily as a Security Risk Manager in the downstream business unit and 15 years at ATOS/Origin in various IT and security roles. His ICS career started with designing software for Emergency Shutdown and Fire and Gas detection systems.


Tim Conway – Technical Director for ICS and SCADA programs at SANS

As Technical Director for ICS and SCADA programs at SANS Tim Conway is responsible for technical component development, review, and implementation within the SANS ICS and SCADA product offerings.  He is current Chair of the NERC CIP Interpretation Drafting Team, a member of the NESCO advisory board, current Chair of the NERC CIPC GridEx Working Group, and Chair of the NBISE (National Board of Information Security Examiners) Smart Grid Cyber Security panel.


Michael Assante ICS Lead for SANS

Michael Assante is an internationally recognized expert and thought leader in information and cybersecurity. He recently held the position of Vice President and Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and oversaw the implementation of cybersecurity standards across the North American electric power industry. Prior to NERC, he held notable positions at Idaho National Labs, American Electric Power, and pioneered the security intelligence landscape in his role as Chief Operating Officer of LogiKeep. A former U.S. Navy intelligence officer with experience in information warfare and information security management, Michael recognized the need to bring intelligence-type analysis to the networks of the corporate world by identifying risks and threats specific to hardware, software and systems.


Chris Blask – Chair of the ICS-ISAC
Chris Blask has a career that spans the breadth of the industrial control system cybersecurity space. From humble beginnings as a control system engineer he soon saw the need for and invented one of the first commercial firewall products. Joining Cisco Systems he then led their firewall business to a position of global leadership, a legacy that continues to this day.  Recognizing the need to apply Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) technology to ICS cybersecurity he founded Lofty Perch, authored the first book on SIEM, and created AlienVault’s ICS Group. Today, Chris is actively involved with a wide range of domestic and international efforts in the cybersecurity arena.



The Industrial Control System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ICS-ISAC) is a member driven organization supported by valued industry partners. It exists to bring together key stakeholders for the purpose of sharing knowledge about risks, threats and best practices across our shared critical infrastructure. The Center was created to provide the ICS community with a common platform where collaboration can be performed in an environment best suited to the needs of all involved parties.

Interested organizations, researchers, vendors, and asset owners can become a part of the Industrial Control System Information Sharing and Analysis Center at ICS-ISAC.org.