KEYNOTE: Managing Cyber Risk: Current Threats & Defensive Strategies for Protecting Critical Infrastructure

Neil Hershfield, Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICSCERT) will provide a keynote which features an overview of Cyber Attacks against the Ukrainian Critical Infrastructure. In addition he will provide a World Wide Threat Assessment, FY16 ICSCERT Information/Metrics, and include security best practices, referencing resources and tools available to improve industrial control system security.

About the speaker: Neil Hershfield is the Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). ICS-CERT operates within the National Cybersecurity and Integration Center (NCCIC), to bring a control systems focus to the mission of protecting the Nation’s critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats.

The goal of the ICS-CERT is to guide a cohesive effort between government and industry to reduce the cyber risk to industrial control systems. The ICS-CERT provides guidance and reduces risk to critical infrastructure control systems by: leading the Common Strategy to Secure Control Systems; operating the ICS-CERT for control systems related vulnerabilities, threats and incidents; creating informational products and tools to assist vendors and owners/operators in designing, procuring, installing, and operating controls systems to mitigate risks; and performing outreach activities and improving awareness in the control system community through training and education.

Prior to his current role, Neil was Program Manager for the National Cyber Security Division Mission Support contract with SRA International, Inc. Previously, Neil was employed with The Dow Chemical Company and held a variety of managerial and leadership positions in Economic Development, the Chemical Sector Cyber Security Program, Global eCommerce, Marketing and Sales.

Neil received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and an MBA from Northwood University. Away from work, Neil enjoys golf and cycling.


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