CDT Executive Briefing: The Emergence of Cyber-Physical, and What it Means to Safety and Security

Industrial Operational Technology (OT) and Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructures have become one of the fastest growing, but often least understood, categories of mobile computing. As new wirelessly-connected industrial and IoT devices and applications are springing up at a rapid pace, there is a great deal of concern that they may lack security protections strong enough to not only prevent attacks with the intent to do harm but to even detect them. And to compound the problem, many security vendors have focused product and service development on Information Technology infrastructures and have underinvested in solutions to protect industrial, healthcare, facilities, public utility, and other critical infrastructure environments.

While the operators of industrial IoT systems recognize that these systems might fall victim to cyber attacks, the consequences to society or the economy of such attacks are often more difficult to imagine. What happens if factory floors come to a halt? Could a globally distributed fleet of device status monitoring “things” go blind? And what of attacks targeting economically mission-critical infrastructure such as the electric power grid, transportation signaling and control, or medical devices? This presentation will explore security strategies to manage risk and stay ahead of the rapidly expanding OT and IoT threat landscape.


Phil Quade
CISO/Technology Futurist/Evangelist, Fortinet

Phil Quade is Fortinet's CISO/Technology Futurist/Evangelist. He integrates across the company's executives, product managers, sales, partners, and technical professionals, and acts as a trusted advisor to organizations across the globe to help them improve their security postures, and align security strategically with business initiatives. Formerly with the National Security Agency, Phil was most recently the NSA Director's Special Assistant for Cyber and Chief of the NSA Cyber Task Force. Immediately prior, he served the Chief Operating Officer of the Information Assurance Directorate at NSA in cybersecurity and related disciplines. Mr. Quade previously served as head of the Defense Department / Intelligence Community's Information Operations Technology Center's Advanced Technology Group, as a Professional Staffer at the US Senate, and at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for a cross-discipline intelligence effort.


7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Introduction
7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Phil Quade, CISO, Fortinet, Inc.; former Chief of the NSA's Cyber Task Force
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. CISO Panel
9:00 a.m. Conclusion


In partnership with Fortinet

Fortinet's vision has been to deliver broad, truly integrated, high-performance security across the IT infrastructure. They provide top-rated network and content security, as well as secure access products that share intelligence and work together to form a cooperative fabric. Their unique security fabric combines Security Processors, an intuitive operating system, and applied threat intelligence to give you proven security, exceptional performance, and better visibility and control--while providing easier administration. Fortinet is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices around the globe. Founded in 2000 by Ken Xie, the visionary founder and former president and CEO of NetScreen, Fortinet is led by a strong management team with deep experience in networking and security.

About Us

The Center for Digital Transformation is one of seven Centers of Excellence at the Merage School and it is a vital center of influence, advancing the competitiveness and productivity of business in the digital economy. Throughout the year, the Center hosts several Executive events including the CIO Roundtable and annual Road to Reinvention conference. The Center also conducts ongoing research in the area of digital transformation and its effect on established businesses.

Executive Briefing Breakfast Series

The Executive Briefing series integrates premier thought leadership and real world business expertise. Startups and digitally savvy incumbents are attacking established businesses, leveraging new business models and entering new markets. Every business is competing on a new digital playing field and it is imperative that senior leaders understand the new rules of competition. This program is an ideal opportunity for senior leaders to gain key insights on how to compete more effectively in the rapidly changing digital world.



Event Details

Date: 10.10.2018
Time: 07:00 a.m. - 09:00 a.m.
Event Type: Public




Merage School of Business
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Center for Digital Transformation