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Building on 8 years developing conferences in the Cyber Security space the SMi Group are delighted to announce launch their 6th in the series Oil and Gas Cyber Security North America. This conference will provide delegates with an information packed two day agenda with representatives from across the industry, giving a comprehensive overview of the market, looking at insider threats, the latest technology, live demonstrations, current and future threats, APT and much more.  

The event will present itself as the perfect platform for learning about the real issues currently being faced by the industry. Hear from leading experts who are currently facing cyber threats. This is a unique opportunity to hear about cyber security expressed from government personal and the operators as well as understanding key market challenges, regulations, human behaviour and technology available.

The launch of SMi’s Oil and Gas Cyber Security North America conference is a not to be missed event. The two day conference will provide delegates with the perfect opportunity to gain a complete overview of the industry in North America and is a fantastic chance for information gathering, idea sharing and problem solving debate.

Understand the current key market regulations to set a new standard across the industry
Learn the importance of cyber security in supply chain management applicable to the oil and gas sector
Discuss the effect of the plummeting oil price on physical and cyber security
Evaluate live demos on how to block oncoming attacks and minimise the clean up
Hear about the latest technology and software available
Listen to the latest industry relevant case studies and discern the lessons learned

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Information Officer
EMEA Lead, Risk and Compliance Solutions
Global Data Steward & Technologist
Group IT Manager
Group Security Adviser
 

ICT infrastructure specialist
ICT Manager
Information & Cyber Security Consultant
IS Risk and Security Manager
Network Management Solutions
Technical Director

 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Thomas  Russo

Thomas Russo, Senior Energy Industry Analyst, Independant

9:10 Building Resiliency into a Cybersecurity Program

Donna Dodson

Donna Dodson, Chief Cybersecurity Advisor, National Institute Of Standards And Technology

This presentation will describe tenants of a cybersecurity program including incident handling.  It will describe the incident handling process including the needed policy, plans, procedures to prepare, detect, analyze, contain, eradicate and recover from cyber incidents as well as share incident information with others.

• Overview of a Cybersecurity Program
o Identify
o Protect
o Detect
o Respond
o Recover
• Incident Handling
o Overview of Process
o Needed Capabilities
• Incident Handling and Information Sharing

9:50 Cybersecurity Framework and Information Sharing Guidance for Oil and Gas

Michael  Lewis

Michael Lewis, Policy and Framework Advisor, Information Risk Strategy and Management, Chevron Information Technology Company

• This presentation will provide Oil and Gas industry specific guidance for using/implementing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and for sharing cybersecurity information

10:20 Morning Coffee- Sponsored by ERPScan

10:50 Are Control System Networks Expendable?

Mike  Firstenberg

Mike Firstenberg, Director of Industrial Security, Waterfall Security Solutions

• All software can be hacked
• All IT security technology is software
• Hardware-enforced security use cases in oil & gas
• Pervasive threats drive best-practice evolution

11:30 Oil & Gas Cyber Security – Not Just About Information Risk

Thomas  Russo

Thomas Russo, Senior Energy Industry Analyst, Independant

• The Oil and Gas Natural Gas Pipeline System: the Grid No One Talks About
• Compliance doesn't always equal security, but it does set a floor
• How Plummeting Oil and Natural Gas Prices will put pressure on physical and cybersecurity
• Rethinking Cybersecurity- are secure ecosystems possible

12:00 Panel discussion- Combating against a breach

• Cyber-attacks are growing concern for all organizations that can cause severe financial and reputational damage
• In this panel, we discuss the challenges around insider threat detection
o types of attack that may be conducted
o the behavioural characteristics of insiders
o detection systems
o Securing against the unknown
o Examples of approaches adopted by oil & gas companies
o The future outlook for cyber security 
 

James Morrison

James Morrison, Computer Scientist, Houston Cyber Task Force, FBI

Claudia Escobar

Claudia Escobar, Statewide Security Programme Manager, State of Texas - Department of Information Resources

Thomas  Russo

Thomas Russo, Senior Energy Industry Analyst, Independant

Michael  Lewis

Michael Lewis, Policy and Framework Advisor, Information Risk Strategy and Management, Chevron Information Technology Company

12:40 Networking Lunch

13:40 The Power of Threat Intelligence in your Cybersecurity Program

Jason  McEachin

Jason McEachin, Director, Sales Engineering, Lookingglass Cyber Solutions

Cybersecurity attacks dominate the headlines everyday, with large and small organizations alike being breached and impacted.  Analysts predict these attacks will increase in 2015, and security personnel today are making decisions based on incomplete information and lack of confidence in data.  Although most organizations have internal information on threats and vulnerabilities, and some have also invested in SIEMs that analyze information from multiple sources across their network, they also need to include external threat intelligence to help identify malicious activity and allow them mitigate risks.  Organizations need a more effective threat intelligence management capability to quickly prioritize and enrich events to enable robust response to attacks.
 
During this presentation we will discuss how: 
 
•Harnessing the power of threat intelligence collection, aggregation, ingestion, and automation for full threat intelintegration into your cybersecurity defense lifecycle.
•Adding global context to internal and external threat intel sources enables decision support both within and outside the enterprise perimeter.
•Aggregating disperate threat information supports improved analysis and confidence.
 

14:20 Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Management: A Corporate Responsibility

The supply chain is now a prime target for cyber adversaries.  Ensuring resilience in the supply chain is critical to managing a company's cyber risk.
• What is the role and importance of cybersecurity in supply chain management?
• How do oil and gas companies manage the cybersecurity of their partners and vendors? 
• What is the responsibility of senior executives and Boards of Directors in supply chain security?

Kiersten Todt

Kiersten Todt, President and Managing Partner, Liberty Group Ventures, LLC

Roger Cressey

Roger Cressey , Partner, Liberty Group Ventures, LLC

15:00 Cyber Security for ICS – why is it so hard?’

 

 

 

 

 

 

An introduction to Iguana Security

·         Why is cyber security for ICS/OT so hard ?

·         What’s the problem with the ‘solutions’ we have ?

·         An introduction to Industrial Protocol Guards

·         Securing sensitive data

 

 

Keith Chappell

Keith Chappell, Technical Business Development Director, Iguana Security

15:40 Afternoon Tea- Sponsored by ERPScan

16:10 Strategies & Tactics Dealing With Insider and Outsider Caused Breaches

Danny Miller

Danny Miller, System Chief Information Security Officer , Texas A & M University

• Current events in breaches
• What the bad guys are doing and why
• Strategies and Tactics to address risks and weaknesses
• What to do now
 

16:40 Current Cyber Risks to Industrial Control Systems in the Energy Sector

This session will discuss several incidents regarding pipeline infrastructure and various assessments ICS-CERT has performed.  It will also briefly discuss the role and capabilities of ICS-CERT and best practices for securing Industrial Control Systems.

Bob  Timpany

Bob Timpany, Chief of Idaho Operations, NCCIC/ICS-CERT, Department of Homeland Security

17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

Thomas  Russo

Thomas Russo, Senior Energy Industry Analyst, Independant

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Thomas  Russo

Thomas Russo, Senior Energy Industry Analyst, Independant

9:10 Current efforts that the State of Texas Office of the Chief Information Security Officer is working on

Claudia Escobar

Claudia Escobar, Statewide Security Programme Manager, State of Texas - Department of Information Resources

• Establishing a statewide cybersecurity coordination and collaboration platform
• Enabling regional cybersecurity response coordination
• Coordinating statewide cybersecurity exercise and preparedness
• Coordinating cybersecurity intelligence sharing among key entities within the state
 

9:50 Benefits of a good risk management strategy

Patrick Coleman

Patrick Coleman , Supervisor, Risk Management Consulting, Chevron Information Technology Company

• Why should you do a risk assessment
• A risk assessment process flow
• Assessing risks associated with moving data into the cloud
• Building a risk aware culture

10:30 Morning Coffee- Sponsored by ERPScan

11:00 13 Real ways to destroy business by breaking company’s SAP Applications

Alexander Polyakov

Alexander Polyakov, CTO, ERPScan

• There are potential problems that one can’t disregard when taking ERP systems’ security issues into consideration, thus the presentation will cover:
• Real and existent risks, such as: Changing bank account data, Access to company’s internal resources, Remote Illegal updates upload, Modification of reports, Falsification of business-critical data, Salary data unauthorized modifications, Creating defects in products intentionally, Stealing credit card data
• The ‘need to know’ things that you can’t afford to ignore after implementation of any business application processing critical data
• Issues of the exponentially growing number of vulnerabilities in ERP systems, as the SAP Products alone have more than 3000+ Vulnerabilities, giving an attacker a full scope for performing almost any action to business applications

11:40 Cyber Insurance for the Oil & Gas Industry

Robert Parisi

Robert Parisi, FINPRO Cyber & Technology Product Lead, Marsh, Inc.

• Key threats/risks , for example
o SCADA systems
o Nation state hackers
• Regulatory, Legal and Litigation trends around cyber issues
• Traditional Insurance response for cyber risk
• Cyber insurance

12:20 Creating a Cyber Fortress Against All Enemies

Amy Dunn Taylor

Amy Dunn Taylor, Director, Houston Branch, Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC

The Current Culture
Lessons Learned
Dissecting the Anatomy of Insurance Coverage
Toolkits and Tourniquets
Forecast for the Future

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Legal Aspects of Cyber Security

Michael  Titens

Michael Titens , Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP

• The role of the Board of Directors, including legal duties and potential liabilities
• Developing company policies to address today’s threats, including data privacy policies, employee policies and incident response policies
• Developing effective cyber clauses in vendor and client contracts
• Understanding Cyber Insurance and what it will (and will not) cover
• Legal aspects of an effective incident response, including coordination with law enforcement and complying with notification requirements

14:40 Digital Ants: Dynamic and Resilient Infrastructures Protection

Glenn  Fink

Glenn Fink, Senior Cyber Security Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

• The Need: Why Oil and Gas industry needs next-generation resilient cyber security protection
• Our Approach: Nature-Inspired Digital Ants and how they work
• The Benefits: How a mobile resilient cyber defense keeps infrastructure safe
• Competing approaches: Why big-data with centralized analytics can’t do the job alone

15:20 Afternoon Tea- Sponsored by ERPScan

15:50 Cybersecurity and zero-day monitoring and detection in Oil and Gas installations

Siv Hilde Houmb

Siv Hilde Houmb, CTO, Secure-NOK

• Challenges in detecting zero-day attacks
• Cybersecurity threat situation for Oil and Gas
• Incident handling in Oil and Gas and why it is challenging
• Efficient and non-intrusive cybersecurity monitoring and detection of Drilling Rigs and Production Platforms

16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

Thomas  Russo

Thomas Russo, Senior Energy Industry Analyst, Independant

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Claudia Escobar

Claudia Escobar

Statewide Security Programme Manager, State of Texas - Department of Information Resources
Donna Dodson

Donna Dodson

Chief Cybersecurity Advisor, National Institute Of Standards And Technology
Glenn  Fink

Glenn Fink

Senior Cyber Security Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
James Morrison

James Morrison

Computer Scientist, Houston Cyber Task Force, FBI
Michael  Lewis

Michael Lewis

Policy and Framework Advisor, Information Risk Strategy and Management, Chevron Information Technology Company

Alexander Polyakov

CTO, ERPScan
Alexander Polyakov

Amy Dunn Taylor

Director, Houston Branch, Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC
Amy Dunn Taylor

Bob Timpany

Chief of Idaho Operations, NCCIC/ICS-CERT, Department of Homeland Security
Bob  Timpany

Claudia Escobar

Statewide Security Programme Manager, State of Texas - Department of Information Resources
Claudia Escobar

Danny Miller

System Chief Information Security Officer , Texas A & M University
Danny Miller

Donna Dodson

Chief Cybersecurity Advisor, National Institute Of Standards And Technology
Donna Dodson

Glenn Fink

Senior Cyber Security Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Glenn  Fink

James Morrison

Computer Scientist, Houston Cyber Task Force, FBI
James Morrison

Jason McEachin

Director, Sales Engineering, Lookingglass Cyber Solutions
Jason  McEachin

Keith Chappell

Technical Business Development Director, Iguana Security
Keith Chappell

Kiersten Todt

President and Managing Partner, Liberty Group Ventures, LLC
Kiersten Todt

Michael Lewis

Policy and Framework Advisor, Information Risk Strategy and Management, Chevron Information Technology Company
Michael  Lewis

Michael Titens

Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP
Michael  Titens

Mike Firstenberg

Director of Industrial Security, Waterfall Security Solutions
Mike  Firstenberg

Patrick Coleman

Supervisor, Risk Management Consulting, Chevron Information Technology Company
Patrick Coleman

Robert Parisi

FINPRO Cyber & Technology Product Lead, Marsh, Inc.
Robert Parisi

Roger Cressey

Partner, Liberty Group Ventures, LLC
Roger Cressey

Siv Hilde Houmb

CTO, Secure-NOK
Siv Hilde Houmb

Thomas Russo

Senior Energy Industry Analyst, Independant
Thomas  Russo

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Workshops

Cybersecurity Frameworks and Architectures
Workshop

Cybersecurity Frameworks and Architectures

Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria
12th May 2015
Houston, USA

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Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria

1750 West Loop South, Houston, USA

Our stylish hotel welcomes you with contemporary décor, outstanding amenities, and signature Marriott service. Enjoy a vibrant atmosphere just minutes from great shopping and dining at the Houston Galleria. In addition, with complimentary shuttle service to and from the mall, plus even more upscale shopping in chic Uptown Park nearby, we are an ideal destination for Houston shopping trips. Make yourself at home in lavishly appointed guest rooms, featuring plush bedding, spacious areas to work and relax, high-speed Internet access, and flat screen TV's. On-site amenities include a relaxing indoor atrium pool, expanded fitness center, Concierge levels, our own Southwestern restaurant, Alexander, and our relaxing Fairways Lounge.

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ERPScan

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IGUANA

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Lookingglass Cyber Solutions

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Waterfall Security Solutions

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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