Governance & Risk Management

Why Security Is a Critical Safety Parameter for Operational Technology

Fortinet CISO Phil Quade on the Role of Cybersecurity in IT-OT Integration
Phil Quade, CISO at Fortinet

The operational technology world is focused on two things: safety and reliability. But with increasing IT-OT integration, cybersecurity needs to be considered the third leg of the stool, says Phil Quade of Fortinet.

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"When bad things happen in the OT world, people can be injured, people can be killed, and massive amounts of the population can suffer outages, so the stakes are really high," he says.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2019 in San Francisco, Quade discusses:

  • The security impact on IT-OT integration;
  • Ownership challenges in securing OT;
  • Industries that are most impacted by OT security issues.

As Fortinet's CISO, Philip Quade has responsibility for information security and leads strategy and expansion of Fortinet's federal and critical infrastructure business. He also serves as strategic consultant to Fortinet's largest enterprise customers. Previously, Quade was the U.S. National Security Agency director's special assistant for cyber and chief of the NSA cyber task force.

About the Author

Varun Haran

Varun Haran

Managing Director, Asia & Middle East, ISMG

Haran has been a technology journalist in the Indian market for over six years, covering the enterprise technology segment and specializing in information security. He has driven multiple industry events such as the India Computer Security Conferences (ICSC) and the first edition of the Ground Zero Summit 2013 during his stint at UBM. Prior to joining ISMG, Haran was first a reporter with TechTarget writing for SearchSecurity and SearchCIO; and later, correspondent with InformationWeek, where he covered enterprise technology-related topics for the CIO and IT practitioner.

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