Blumira + ThreatGen Roundtable: Cybersecurity Visibility for IT/OT Threats


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Most organizations operating an Industrial Control System (ICS) started with separate Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) environments for supporting (IT) and running their ICS (OT). Over time, the convergence of IT and OT technology caused these environments to become cross dependent and coexistent on similar platforms leveraging common operating systems (such as Microsoft Windows and Unix/Linux) and using standard of-the-shelf IP based networking technology.
The challenge is that most organizations have limited to no visibility into these common threats due to the complexity and time required to deploy legacy detection solutions, including security operations tools such as security information and event management (SIEM).

With IT/OT convergence, the boundaries of the ICS environment have extended from the traditionally separated/dedicated OT space to include IT systems that might even live on the enterprise side of an organization. However, in these converged ICS environments, cybersecurity often concentrates at the individual environments in isolation. ICS security no longer lives in a vacuum, which can be seen in recent ICS attacks that start with a system compromise on the enterprise network (phishing email / drive-by malware download), followed by attempts to pivot into the industrial network. Your security tools should follow these ICS attack trends and be able to detect threats that span your IT and OT environments

During this roundtable, we will discuss challenges with gaining visibility into cybersecurity threats across the ICS environment (IT/OT or Enterprise/Industrial) and discuss a real-world example where ThreatGEN and Blumira helped a mid-stream oil & gas company overcome these obstacles and provided a cost-effective cybersecurity monitoring solution that spans their entire organization.

Join Patrick Garrity, VP of Operations at Blumira and Pascal Ackerman, Managing Director of Threat Services at ThreatGEN, for a discussion on cybersecurity visibility across the organization.

In this talk, you’ll learn about:

  • Cybersecurity monitoring challenges within a converged IT/OT environment (the ICS)
  • Gaining centralized visibility into threats spanning IT/OT environments
  • Preventing ransomware across the ICS environment
  • A real world example of how Threatgen and Blumira helped address the needs of a midstream oil and gas company’s ICS environment

This interactive, conversational-style session encourages questions and engagement with viewers – so sign up today for access to our security experts.


Pascal Ackerman, Managing Director of Threat Services, ThreatGEN

Pascal Ackerman, Managing Director of Threat Services, ThreatGEN
Pascal Ackerman is a seasoned industrial security professional with a degree in electrical engineering and with 20+ years of experience in industrial network design and support, information and network security, risk assessments, pentesting, threat hunting and forensics. After almost two decades of hands-on, in-the-field and consulting experience, he joined ThreatGEN in 2019 and is currently employed as Managing Director of Threat Services and Research. His passion lays in analyzing new and existing threats to ICS environments and he fights cyber adversaries both from his home base and while traveling the world with his family as a digital nomad.

Patrick Garrity, VP of Ops, Blumira

Patrick Garrity, VP of Operations, Blumira
Patrick has years of experience in the security industry building and scaling usable security products. He currently leads Blumira’s product, sales and marketing teams. Prior to joining Blumira, he led sales engineering, product marketing and international expansion for Duo Security.

About Blumira Security Advisors Series

Blumira’s Security Advisor Series is a weekly virtual roundtable with experts in the information security and compliance industry offering insight into timely security topics. These interactive sessions encourage questions from the audience and engagement with viewers. Our mission is to bring awareness to current cybersecurity issues and provide trusted security advisors to the broader community.