Business Continuity Management / Disaster Recovery , Critical Infrastructure Security , Cybercrime

Enhancing the Cyber Resilience of Critical Infrastructure

Group CISO of Airbus on Understanding an Industrial Environment
Kevin Jones, group CISO, Airbus

"All too often we hear that our industrial control systems have no security. That's not true," says Kevin Jones, group CISO of Airbus. In fact, he states, "some of these systems have been designed with security encapsulating them and security around them."

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He says the advent of cloud technologies and digital transformation bring "even more risks to what were traditionally isolated systems and environments."

"One area that's still somewhat lacking globally is the ability to have experts who are able to respond to a cyberattack in an industrial environment," Jones says. He adds that doing so requires the ability to "understand what needs to be done to bring an industrial environment back online, to understand how the operational side of the activity has to come first and how to do forensics in an industrial environment."

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Jones discusses:

  • Building critical infrastructure security and resilience;
  • The threat of ransomware and how Airbus' detection and response capabilities have evolved to keep pace;
  • Where threat intelligence fits into a mature security practice and how to act upon it quickly.

As group CISO at Airbus, Jones is responsible for the digital security program, including risk management, enterprise security architecture, red team, detection and response, and cybersecurity research innovation across IT, ICS, people and product security domains. He has extensive experience in both offensive and defensive cybersecurity and is an expert in cybersecurity for industrial control systems and safety critical systems. Jones is also the industry chair of the Industrial Control System Community of Interest - a part of the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center that helps build CNI expertise across the U.K.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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