Securing Critical Infrastructure From Sensor to Reactor


Fred Cohn, Program Director, Product Security Office, Schneider Electric


October 10, 2017


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Abstract: In today's environment, the distinction between Critical Infrastructure equipment and commercial products is blurring. Additionally, the original separation of OT networks from commercial business networks and public facing internet is also no longer so clear.  As a manufacturer of equipment that spans applications from home consumer to the most critical of Critical Infrastructure, standardizing on key cybersecurity practices and technologies ensures that all our products are protectable from cybersecurity threats.  But, leveraging sophisticated cybersecurity technologies in some resource starved devices can be challenging.  We are investigating and standardizing on solutions that enable us to authenticate device integrity and authenticity, protect devices from intrusion by unknown sources, and protect configurations and application programs from unintentional modifications. 

Biography: Fred Cohn has served multiple roles since joining Schneider Electric in 2001. He currently serves as their Senior Program Director for the Product Security Office where he is responsible for driving Secure Development Lifecycle (SDL) process development and deployment, managing the cybersecurity technical consistency domain, and leading its PSIRT. Cohn is also responsible for leading the internal SDL education program which has resulted in over 19K course completions to date. In his previous roles at Schneider Electric, Cohn served as Program Director addressing network convergence and standards and consortia. He has also served as a Director of Marketing for their Automation Business Unit. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Cohn worked in project management, sales, and marketing for Accent Color Sciences and AEG-Modicon. Cohn holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Babson College.

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