Fuad Al Attar has 25 years of experience in the automation industry, including positions of General Manager, Operations Manager and Engineering Manager. Currently he’s Siemens Executive Vice President for Industry Services in the Middle East region. Fuad had designed and executed many automation and safety systems for large-scale and critical applications in the Oil & Gas, Power, Water, Aerospace, Steel, Cement and other industries in the GCC region. He is also an active researcher in industrial IoT, Industrial Systems Cybersecurity, natural language processing and machine learning fields.
Keynote Speech Title: Holistic Security Concept for IT & OT Systems
Summary: Most of industrial enterprises nowadays are becoming aware about the serious security threats that their cyber systems for Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) are facing. The regularity, diversity and brutality of cyber-attacks on industrial system are growing every day.
Regardless of the cybercriminals’ motives, they have been enhancing their capabilities to produce new and complex cyber-attacks as the knowledge and the tools to produce them are now easily available. Accordingly the OT systems of the industrial enterprises are becoming under serious threats that may result in interruption of manufacturing processes like petrochemicals, food industries, pharmaceuticals, power generation, etc. In this session, the speaker presents a holistic security approach for IT & OT systems to protect industrial plants against both internal and external security threats.