Governance & Risk Management , Operational Technology (OT) , Video

Proof of Concept: Key Steps for Improving OT Security

Rockwell Automation Report Finds Gaps in OT Patch Management, Threat Detection
Clockwise, from top left: Anna Delaney, Tom Field and Nicole Darden Ford

In the latest "Proof of Concept," Nicole Darden Ford, vice president of global security and CISO of Rockwell Automation, joins editors at Information Security Media Group to discuss findings from Rockwell Automation's new research report on cybersecurity preparedness in critical infrastructure.

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The report, which includes a survey of 122 senior industrial security leaders with roles ranging from CISO to plant engineers and business managers, explores how operational technology organizations are challenged with growing number of gaps in OT security, the state of critical infrastructure cybersecurity, and insights into preparedness and best practices.

In this video with Information Technology Media Group, Darden Ford joins Anna Delaney, director, productions, and Tom Field, senior vice president, editorial, to discuss:

  • Highlights from Rockwell Automation's new OT security report;
  • Why many companies struggle to maintain effective patch management practices;
  • Recommendations for critical infrastructure organizations on ways to reduce their exposure to cyberattacks.

Darden Ford, who leads information security at Rockwell Automation, previously served as global vice president and CISO at Carrier, where she oversaw global information security, compliance and product (IoT) cybersecurity through the company’s spinoff from parent company United Technologies Corporation. Prior to that, she served as global vice president and CISO for Baxter International where she was responsible for global information security, information governance and IT quality compliance. Darden Ford began her career in the U.S. military and federal government, supporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff, security management, network engineering and telecommunications.

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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