exida Recorded Webinars

Understand Risk of Cyber Threats to an Industrial Process with a Cyber PHA

Recording Date: November 2013

Operators of industrial facilities, particularly those that operate critical, potentially dangerous processes or produce product for consumer consumption, are rightfully very concerned about the potential for cyber threats that can accidentally or intentionally manipulate their industrial control systems (ICS). Modern ICS are highly vulnerable to cyber threats due to their increased use of commercial IT technology and extensive network connectivity. At the same time, the prospect of cyber threats to an ICS is all too real. In the last few years, there have been numerous documented attempts to hack or inject a virus into an ICS in order to intentionally cause harm or destruction. This presentation explores the challenges that most industrial companies face in understanding the true risk of cyber threats to their industrial processes and introduces Cyber PHA as a solution. Based on Process Hazard Analysis (PHA), which has been used in the process industries for decades to assist in understanding and ranking operational risks so they can be properly mitigated, a Cyber PHA is an organized and systematic assessment of the potential cyber threats to an ICS. It aids in understanding the true risk by identifying and qualifying threats, vulnerabilities and consequences.

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About the Presenter:

John Cusimano, CFSE

John Cusimano John Cusimano was director of exida’s security services division. A process automation safety and security expert with more than twenty years of experience, John lead a team devoted to improving the security of control systems for companies worldwide. Prior to joining exida, John led market development for Siemens’ process automation and safety products and held various product marketing positions at Moore Products Co. John started his career at Eastman Kodak Company, where he implemented and managed automation projects. John has a B.S. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Clarkson University and holds a CFSE and CISSP certification.