Critical Infrastructure Security , Endpoint Security , Internet of Things Security

The OT Security Revolution and the Need for Robust Defenses

Dawn Cappelli, Head of OT-CERT at Dragos, on Emerging Threats to OT Environments
Dawn Cappelli, head of OT-CERT, Dragos

In the wake of geopolitical tensions, nation-state threats have "crossed the line more often than they ever have," said Dawn Cappelli, head of OT-CERT at Dragos, warning of the growing threat to critical infrastructure and emerging challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs.

Due to recent attacks by nation-state-affiliated hacktivists, the OT security landscape faces unprecedented challenges, emphasizing the need for robust cyber defense strategies.

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"Just recently, different types of cyberthreats are hitting the small and medium organizations. It was the Cyber Av3ngers hacktivist group that hit 12 or so water utilities. And just within the past few weeks, the Cyber Army of Russia Reborn hit some water utility in small towns in the U.S. So they're now facing very different threats than they were before," Cappelli said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, Cappelli also discussed:

  • How the OT cyberthreat environment has changed in the past year;
  • Dragos OT-CERT's Community Defense Program;
  • Strategies for SMEs to enhance their security posture.

Cappelli provides free resources to help small and medium-sized businesses to address cybersecurity risks in industrial infrastructure. In a career spanning more than 20 years, she has worked with global industry, government and intelligence leaders on cybersecurity issues.


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Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.




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