SolutionsPT and technology partner Datto to host OT cyber security seminar


Industrial IT solutions provider SolutionsPT and its technology partner Datto will host an Operational Technology (OT) Cyber Security Seminar on 23 May.

The event will offer pragmatic guidance on how to protect against the growing cyber security threat and embed disaster resilience in operations – the reality of which was highlighted by the recent ransomware attack suffered by Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro, which impacted 160 of its plant worldwide and has cost the company an estimated $40 million.

The seminar will be held at the Reading based UK headquarters of Datto, whose hybrid cloud technology drives SolutionPT’s Proteus disaster resilience managed service.

Detect and Recover will be key themes of the seminar, with a focus on pragmatic advice, a hands-on workshop and a real-time demonstration of technology at work.

SolutionsPT’s Industrial Network and Cyber Security Product Manager, Lee Carter, says: “Protecting information control systems is a key concern for OT management and information security leaders across all industries.

“Additionally, the risk of being unable to respond instantly and effectively to potential disaster cannot be ignored, as Norsk Hydro discovered to its financial and reputational cost.”

He added: “The OT Cyber Security Seminar will bring together Datto’s best in class business continuity and disaster resilience technology with SolutionPT’s operational technology expertise, to provide managers with real insight into the steps they can take to ensure that their systems can detect and protect against potential threats and demonstrate resilience in the face of potential disaster.

SolutionsPT and Datto specialists will open the seminar with a discussion about the cyber threat in 2019 and outline the technical solutions offered by the SolutionsPT and Datto partnership.

Delegates will then be guided through the five pillars of a staged approach to OT cyber security – identify, protect, detect, respond and recover.

They will learn how to detect and respond to OT cyber threats and gain insight into two key solutions that can help their company create a ‘secure by design’ framework:

  • Claroty continuous threat detection software – a hands-on workshop will explore Claroty’s remote access and intrusion detection functions. These offer deep visibility into industrial control networks and provide an early warning of both malicious and accidental threats, so preventive action can be taken to protect other OT networks.
  • Proteus managed disaster resilience, powered by Datto hybrid cloud technology – a demonstration will show how Proteus backs up operational data and stores it securely, enabling operational systems to be restored in a matter of minutes in worst case scenarios.

The experience of leading organic food producer Yeo Valley will also be shared with delegates. Yeo Valley upgraded its legacy SCADA systems and installed the Proteus managed disaster resilience service, creating a ‘virtual factory’ on a different site and reducing its recovery time objective (RTO) from several hours to just a few minutes.

The SolutionsPT OT Cyber Security Seminar will run from 10 am to 4 pm on Thursday, May 23rd at Datto’s UK HQ in Longwater Avenue, Reading.

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