Using the Power of Analytics to Address Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Workshop: Using the Power of Analytics to Address Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities 


The Westin Houston 945 Gessner Road Houston, TX 77024 Room: Magnolia I & II 

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

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Operational technology (OT) cyber attacks against the energy sector are getting more frequent and severe. This is leading to greater demand by energy companies for machine learning technology to help them combat the threat. As artificial intelligence rises in stature, security analytics will continue to become more widely viewed as the most effective advanced technology to secure the OT environment. 

Leading U.S. Government and oil & gas (O&G) industry officials will share their perspectives on how O&G companies can develop the right strategy, leverage the latest technologies in security analytics to harden their operating environments and develop the capacity to monitor, detect and respond. We will address:  

  • Are companies “going it alone” on cyber? 
  • Where is industry collaboration taking place and where can we do better?  
  • How are O&G companies approaching the urgency to monitor and detect? 
  • How are they getting comprehensive inventories of their assets? 
  • How are they planning to respond to attacks?  


1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Introduction and Welcome Leo Simonovich Vice President and Global Head, Industrial Cyber and Digital Security, Siemens 

1:15 - 2:00 p.m. Keynote: Critical Infrastructure Protection – A Functional Approach to Risk Management Bob Kolasky Director, National Risk Management Center U.S. Department of Homeland Security  

This presentation discusses how a functional approach to risk will result in a better contextualized understanding of the threat landscape – particularly for cross-cutting, multi-dimensional threats that can have cascading impacts across critical infrastructure sectors. In a world where nation state adversaries have signaled clear intent to disrupt our nation’s most critical infrastructure through cyber and other means, a collective defense approach is more important now than ever. Bob will discuss how he is using his leadership position as the Director of the National Risk Management Center to enhance public-private integration to turn awareness into action to protect the National Critical Functions the American people depend upon.  

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Keynote: Cyber Intelligence as a Business Driver Sean Plankey Global Cyber Intelligence Advisor, BP  

In an increasingly unpredictable geopolitical environment nations are using cyberspace to cause effects in the physical world. These effects can range from financial market movement, to reputational changes, to friction in the exchange of goods. These actions in cyberspace leave a trail that we can use to better protect our companies and make strategic investment decisions to reduce our risk. This talk will frame the discussion around what cyber intelligence is and how it can become a business enabler. 

2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Break (light refreshments)  

3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Keynote: Cyber Challenges in State Infrastructure Ernesto C. Ballesteros State Cybersecurity Coordinator State of Texas  

This presentation provides a brief overview of Texas’ approach to promoting private-sector cybersecurity capabilities through state-level cyber threat information sharing and analysis. Specifically, this presentation discusses the role of the Texas Cybersecurity Council, State Cybersecurity Coordinator, and Texas Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (TX ISAO) in this endeavor.  

3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Monitoring Solution Overview Matt Stewart, Head of Research & Development, Industrial Cyber and Digital Security, Siemens  

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Closing Leo Simonovich Vice President and Global Head, Industrial Cyber and Digital Security, Siemens  


Bob Kolasky, Director, National Risk Management Center U.S. Department of Homeland Security  

Bob Kolasky was selected to lead the National Protection and Program Directorate’s (NPPD) National Risk Management Center in 2018, at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As Director, he oversees the Center’s efforts to facilitate a strategic, cross-sector risk management approach to cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure. The Center provides a central venue for government and industry to combine their knowledge and capabilities in a uniquely collaborative and forward-looking environment. Center activities support both operational and strategic unified risk management efforts.

Mr. Kolasky’s current position is the culmination of years of risk and resilience experience. He most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for NPPD’s Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP), where he led the coordinated national effort to reduce the risk posed by acts of terrorism and other cyber or physical threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure, including soft targets and crowded spaces.

Sean Plankey Global Cyber Intelligence Advisor, BP

Sean Plankey is the Global Cyber Intelligence Advisor for BP plc, the 12th largest company in the world and a world leader in energy production. In this role he leads the evaluation of threat intelligence to correlate cyber intelligence with geopolitical issues, informing BP’s risk positions globally. Prior to joining BP he served as the Deputy CIO for U.S. Navy Intelligence where he provided vision and governance over the Maritime Domain Awareness and Mission Systems portfolios.  

Sean served 13 years as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, including a tour as the Offensive Weapons & Tactics Chief at U.S. Cyber Command. In 2013-2014 he completed a joint multinational deployment to Afghanistan to conduct cyber operations where upon return he was recognized by the President of the United States at the White House on the 4th of July. He was the first U.S. Coast Guard Officer deployed to Afghanistan to conduct offensive cyber operations.  

In addition to his work in cybersecurity, Sean served four years as Operations officer and Law Enforcement Boarding Team Leader for two different Coast Guard Cutters on the Great Lakes and Bering Sea. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and four year varsity football athlete, as well as a University of Pennsylvania graduate and Wharton Rugby athlete. Sean holds multiple certifications including CISSP and ITIL Expert. He also serves as a Co-Founder of the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation, helping elite swimmers work their dreams to excel in sport and is a board member on the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC)  

Ernesto C. Ballesteros, JD, MS, CISSP, CISA, Security+State Cybersecurity Coordinator of Texas

Mr. Ballesteros serves as the State Cybersecurity Coordinator of Texas, at the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). Prior to joining the DIR, Ernesto’s career spanned several industries, including: academe; financial services; private consulting; and public utilities. Academically, Ernesto holds several degrees and professional certifications pertaining to cybersecurity, law, management information systems, and risk management. That is, Ernesto holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and Security (CISS) from OLLU. Additionally, Ernesto completed his legal education at St. Mary’s University School of Law, where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD). Lastly, Ernesto is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and CompTIA Security+ professional. 


The Westin Houston, Memorial City 945 Gessner Road Houston, TX 77024 Phone: +1 281-501-4300 

ISA Discounted Rate: $189.00/per night Reservation Deadline: 5 October 2018 

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Following the workshop, please join us at PCS 2018—Process Industry Event.  

PCS 2018 will also be held at The Westin Houston, Memorial City. Located in the heart of the exciting Memorial City District, the hotel connects to the Memorial City Mall via skywalk. The mall offers an extraordinary shopping experience with a large variety of national and international brands and stores. A family-friendly destination, the Memorial City Mall is also home to the Cheesecake Factory and Cinemark 16-screen movie theater, a double-decker carousel, Ice Skate USA, the Children’s Play Castle, and the Loco-Motives train.

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