Operational Technology Cluster

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About the Operational Technology Cluster

The aim of this Cluster is to provide a platform to share intelligence and explore ideas on the specific cyber security challenges being faced by organisations working in Operational Technology (OT), Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

If you work in, or have an interest in, cyber security in the industrial sectors then please feel free to come along to these meetings.

Meetings are free to attend and will provide a relaxed forum for networking, sharing best practice and collaborating.

Next Meeting

OT Cluster Meeting - 12 January 2023

12th January 2023 | 14:00 - 16:00

Online

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The aim of the Cyber Wales OT Cluster meetings is to provide a platform to share intelligence and explore ideas on the specific cyber security challenges being faced by organisations working in Operational Technology (OT), Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

 

As usual, we'll have plenty of time for participation and interaction via Q&A and an open forum for you to put any questions to the cluster!

 

If you work in, or have an interest in, cyber security in the industrial sectors then we'd love for you to join us.

 

This event will be hosted virtually via Zoom by Cluster Managers Jules & Marie.

Previous Meetings

OT Cluster Meeting - 15 September 2022

15th September 2022 | 14:00 - 16:00

Online Event

 

For this quarter's meeting we're super excited to hear from two OT operators about their learnings in cyber security!

 

First up we have Josie Houghton - IT/OT Cyber Security Fleet Manager at EDF Energy, who be speaking about using secure by design priciples to protect legacy systems - a subject she has previously presented on for the IET.

 

Secondly, we have Kevin White - OT Cybersecurity Manager at Tata Steel, who will be speaking about whether it's more effective to tackle OT cyber risk with a top-down or bottom-up approach.

 

We're keen to hear some stories from those on the front line of OT cyber security at two of significant OT operators - and we hope you are too!

 

The aim of the Cyber Wales OT Cluster meetings is to provide a platform to share intelligence and explore ideas on the specific cyber security challenges being faced by organisations working in Operational Technology (OT), Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

 

As usual, we'll have plenty of time for participation and interaction via Q&A and an open forum for you to put any questions to the cluster!

 

If you work in, or have an interest in, cyber security in the industrial sectors then we'd love for you to join us.

 

This event will be hosted virtually via Zoom by Cluster Managers Jules & Marie.

OT Cluster - 4 July 2022

4th July 2022 | 14:00 - 16:00

Online

We're excited to let you know that we have a date in the calendar for our next OT Cluster meeting. The next OT Cluster meeting will be held on the 4th of July, 2pm to 4pm. This time, the meeting will be fully remote via Zoom.

To register your place at the meeting, please follow the link to our Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ot-cluster-meeting-july-2022-tickets-368894823347. Do feel free to share this Eventbrite link with colleagues or friends that work in, or have an interest in cyber security in the industrial sectors.

In this meeting we'll be hearing from NCSC's Glenn H on the ICS CoI - a community where knowledge of OT cyber security (and related safety information) can be exchanged to benefit the wellbeing of the UK.

We'll also be hearing from and Cevn Vibert, Senior Cyber Compliance Manager at Ofgem, about the work Ofgem does to improve cyber resilience in the oil, gas and electricity sectors and his involvement with the Cyber Security Special Interest Group of the Institute of Measurement and Control.

As usual, we'll have plenty of time for participation and interaction via Q&A and an open forum for you to put any questions to the cluster!

Get in touch with the OT Cluster managers if you have any questions about the OT Cluster meetings,

The aim of this Cluster is to provide a platform to share intelligence and explore ideas on the specific cyber security challenges being faced by organisations working in Operational Technology (OT), Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

We hope to see you at the next meeting.
Kind regards,
OT Cluster team


OT Cluster - 1 March 2022

1st March 2022 | 13:00 - 15:00

Online

The next OT Cluster meeting will be held on the 1st of March, 1pm - 3pm.

This time, the meeting will be fully remote via Zoom.

To register your place at the meeting, please click on the link above.

Do feel free to share this Eventbrite link with colleagues or friends that work in, or have an interest in cyber security in the industrial sectors.

The aim of this Cluster is to provide a platform to share intelligence and explore ideas on the specific cyber security challenges being faced by organisations working in Operational Technology (OT), Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

In this meeting Glenn H from the NCSC will provide an overview of the focused work that NCSC are facilitating within the OT Environment, across Public Sector CNI, to improve the Cyber Security posture of UK CNI Operators.

OT Cluster - 30 November 2021

30th November 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00

National Cyber Security Academy, USW Newport City Campus, Newport, NP20 1UH

Welcome to the relaunch of the Operational Technology Cluster of Cyber Wales.

New cluster managers Marie and Jules would like to welcome you to our first meeting.

The aim of this Cluster is to provide a platform to share intelligence and explore ideas on the specific cyber security challenges being faced by organisations working in Operational Technology (OT), Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

For our first meeting, our two speakers, Kat Abercrombie (Senior Pen-Tester at Arcanum Cyber) and Jules Farrow (CTO at Awen Collective) will introduce topics on the difference between IT and OT and why each needs its own security focus, and why asset and vulnerability discovery is vital to producing an effective OT cyber security programme. We'd also love to hear from you - a brief introduction on who you are, your interest in OT cyber, and what future topics we can focus on within our OT cluster meetings.

If you work in, or have an interest in, cyber security in the industrial sectors then we'd love for you to join us.

This event will be hosted by the wonderfully accommodating University of South Wales National Cyber Security Academy at their Newport City Campus and simultaneously virtually via Zoom. If you can't join us in person, we'd still love for you to join via Zoom where you'll be just as much part of the action (although you will need to provide your own Welsh Cakes!).

Arcanum is a NCSC Certified Cyber Security Consultancy, supporting clients across multiple sectors, ranging from CNI, Manufacturing and Defence to SMEs. Marie Caruso, Sales & Marketing Manager at Arcanum is a manager of the OT Cluster at Cyber Wales.

Awen Collective makes society safer by reducing the impact of cyber attacks on the services we all rely upon on a daily basis through innovative software solutions tailored for OT organisations across CNI, Manufacturing, Defence and Smart Cities. Jules Farrow, CTO at Awen Collective is a manager of the OT Cluster at Cyber Wales.

CNI, OT & ICS Cluster - May 2019

15th May 2019 | 14:00 - 16:00

School of Computer Science and Informatics (COMSC), Queen’s Buildings, Cardiff University, The Parade, CF24 3AA, Cardiff

This will be the inaugural meeting of the new CNI, OT & ICS Cyber Cluster.

The aim of this new Cluster is to provide a platform to share intelligence and explore ideas on the specific cyber security challenges being faced by organisations working in Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), Operational Technology (OT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

This first meeting will be held at Cardiff University and the guest speaker is Charith Perera (MBA, PhD), a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in computing science at Cardiff University. He received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from The Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Currently, he is also a Researcher-in-Residence (part-time) at Digital Catapult, London.

The School of Computer Sciences and Informatics has been very successful in attracting external cybersecurity research funding amounting to more than £7.5m which has been awarded from a number of the 7 Research Councils that make up UK Research & Innovation (used to be called Research Councils UK).

One such project is the PETRAS (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Acceptability, and Security) Research Hub, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. Charith is a Co-Investigator at the PETRAS 2 National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity and he will describe the work of this project and it's importance to those working in OT.

If you work in, or have an interest in, cyber security in the industrial sectors then please feel free to come along to these meetings. They are free to attend and will provide a relaxed forum for networking, sharing best practice and collaborating.

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