Event: Critical Infrastructure Protection Print
Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

We are pleased to announce our next event with Sean McGurk and Ernie Hayden  of Verizon's RISK team.

Critical Infrastructure Protection

The Schedule:
18h30 - 19h00: Welcome at Verizon
19h00 - 20h00: "Critical Infrastructure Protection and the Cyber Maginot Line" - Sean McGurk
20h00 - 20h30: Networking break
20h30 - 21h30: "Electric Utility Security - A Need For A More Holistic Approach" - Ernie Hayden
21h30 - 22h00: Networking drink & closure

With special thanks to Verizon for hosting the event.

Registration is mandatory and happens via our website. Please make sure to register by Tuesday 23 October EOB. Parking is available around the building (front and back).

Registration procedure:


The Venue :
Culliganlaan 2E
1831 Diegem


Critical Infrastructure Protection and the Cyber Maginot Line
The online world includes many opportunities to grow your business and develop new markets. It is also filled with risk that includes various forms of activism, protests, retaliation, and pranks.

While these activities encompassed more than data breaches (e.g., DDoS attacks, BotNets, Ransomware, etc.), the theft of corporate and personal information is a core tactic. This specter of “hacktivism” rose to impact many organizations around the world.

Corporate Executives are troubled by the mysterious nature of the threat origins and the tendency to embarrass victims. Security professionals found this trend more troubling than other perceived threats as it has the potential to negatively impact the corporate brand or reputation. Equally of concern was that target selection by these groups did not follow the logical lines of who has moneyand/or valuable information. The threat actors modified their techniques, tactics and procedures (TTP) to obfuscate their identity and intent.


Electric Utility Security - A Need For A More Holistic Approach
The presentation will discuss today's security challenges for Energy & Utility organisations and provide some concrete examples of problems and challenges the industry is facing.

The causes of these issues will be discussed and suggestions will be made for a holistic approach to resolve the issues.


Bio Sean McGurk:
Mr. McGurk is currently the Managing Principal for Verizon Investigative Response with extensive experience in Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIKR) and National Security Operations Center management. His primary focus is leading the Investigative Response (IR) capability for Industrial Control, automated and embedded systems security.

Prior to joining Verizon Mr. McGurk severed in several roles in the federal government, military and private sector focusing on information assurance and cybersecurity. He has over 33 years of experience in advanced systems operation and information systems security. Mr. McGurk served as a member of the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service (SES) while at the Department of Homeland Security as the Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). While at DHS he also served as the Director of the Control Systems Security Program and established the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). For several years he worked as an arms control inspector for the Department of Defense where he conducted numerous inspections throughout the Soviet Union and subsequent Commonwealth of Independent States in accordance with the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF), the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaties.

Former Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center,

Mr. McGurk served as a member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service (SES) as the first Director of this 24X7 integrated cybersecurity and communications operations center providing indications and warning of incidents through cross domain situational awareness. The Center included a continually updated, comprehensive picture of cyber threats, physical communications threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences by coordinating national response efforts, developing guidance to mitigate risks and resolve incidents, while working directly with Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial governments and private sector partners. He supervised the daily execution of the missions of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), and National Coordination Center for Communications (NCC).

Mr. McGurk led the efforts under the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) to integrate the reporting requirements from the national cybersecurity centers of the Department of Defense (National Threat Operations Center (NSA NOC), US Cyber Command Joint Operations Center (USCCOMJOC), the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), the Department of Justice (National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCI/JTF) the Intelligence Community (Intelligence Community Incident Response Center (ICIRC) and the Department of Homeland Security (US-CERT)

Former Director, Control Systems Security,

Former Director, Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team Mr. McGurk was responsible for coordinating control systems security efforts among Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial governments to protect the nation’s critical infrastructures. Mr. McGurk worked closely with control systems owners, operators, and vendors to improve control systems security within and across all Critical Infrastructures and Key Resources (CIKR) and developed and implemented programs and policies designed to reduce the risk to the CIKR by enhancing the cyber security of control systems in the public and private sectors. He developed mitigation plans and conducted risk assessments for cyber security vulnerabilities while working closely with the National Intelligence Community to develop the risk models and evaluate threat information as it pertains to the cyber vulnerabilities to industrial control systems. Mr. McGurk led strategic analysis and policy development efforts for cyber security of the control systems component of critical infrastructures and key resources. In order to support these efforts Mr. McGurk established the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency response Team (ICS-CERT) and founded the Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) and served as the first chairman. In addition Mr. McGurk severed as the Chairman of the Meridian Protocol Control Systems Information Exchange (MPCSIE) an international government group focusing on ICS Cybersecurity.

Senior Vice President, National Critical Infrastructure, Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + Security Science

The Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + Security Science is a multilateral, international not-for-profit organization that conducts independent cyber-centric research, development, analysis, and training in the areas of cyberspace, defense intelligence, cyber security, and science while addressing the threats, trends, and opportunities shaping international security policies and national cyberspace cyber security initiatives.

Mr. McGurk has conducted numerous briefings at industry sponsored conferences, and published numerous papers on ICS Security. He testified before the US House and US Senate on several occasions focusing on ICS Cybersecurity. Mr. McGurk has appeared on numerous news shows including CNBC’s "Code Wars", hosted by Melissa Lee, and CBS’s 60 Minutes, hosted by Steve Kroft.

Mr. McGurk holds undergraduate degrees in Electronic Technology, and Technical Education. He is a member the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has received numerous awards including:

Winner of the 2011 Federal 100 Award.
Winner of the 2010 and 2009 SANS SCADA Leadership Award.
Winner of the 2001 U.S. Navy League Admiral Claude V. Ricketts Award for Inspirational Leadership.

Bio Ernie Hayden:
Ernie is currently a Managing Principal with Verizon with extensive experience in the power utility industry, critical infrastructure protection/information security domain, and cybercrime and cyberwarfare areas. His primary focus is on supporting customer projects regarding smart grid security, energy supply security, and oil/gas/electric grid security with special emphasis on NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards.

Ernie lives in the Seattle area and enjoys photography and living in the Great Northwest in his spare time.