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Why Are Cyber Criminals Targeting Food Companies? How to Prepare your Company Against the Coming Cyberattacks

Join us on-demand for an all-star panel discussion where we talk about the just-released findings from the Dragos ICS/OT Cybersecurity Year in Review report.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

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How cyber-secure is your food or beverage business? To help you answer, join us for a panel discussion with three thought leaders in the area of cybersecurity. As cyber criminals again start targeting our industry, learn about the threat landscape for food and beverage manufacturers, incident response trends from the front lines and data-driven recommendations for keeping your operations running. 

Speakers are Jonathan Braley, operations manager of the Information Technology-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC),  a Dept of Homeland Security-recognized agency that includes food and beverage in its community of information-sharing companies; Rich Witucki, principal industrial consultant with cybersecurity firm Dragos; and Lauren Blocker, industrial cybersecurity consulting partner with Rockwell Automation. Together, we’ll make sense of the trends and identify proactive steps you can take to secure your manufacturing facilities while improving yield, productivity and efficiency. 


 Lauren Blocker | Industrial Cybersecurity Consulting Partner | Rockwell Automation

Lauren Blocker is a seasoned IT and OT Technology professional with over 25 years of experience working with practitioners and leaders across many key industry verticals including Manufacturing, Finance, Healthcare, Retail and Logistics. She is passionate about how technology can transform business. In her current role at Rockwell Automation as an Industrial Cybersecurity consulting partner, Lauren supports clients in the manufacturing and Critical Infrastructure verticals assess and articulate OT/ICS Risk, gain alignment with key stakeholders and develop OT-Centric Cybersecurity programs to mitigate risk in a holistic manner.

Jonathan Braley | Operations Manager | IT-ISAC

Jonathan Braley manages the IT-ISAC's operations team, whose responsibilities include intelligence gathering, analytical reporting, supporting IT-ISAC sector specific special interest groups, and growing and supporting operational partnerships. In his role, Jonathan supports the IT-ISAC's Food and Agriculture Special Interest Group, a forum for Food and Agriculture companies to collaborate and share threat intelligence. The Food and Ag SIG focuses on sector specific threats, offers a forum for sharing cyber threat information and acts as a force multiplier by promoting analysts to analyst communication. Jonathan has spent much time with the Food and Ag SIG, learning about their specific challenges, and leading discussions surrounding mis/disinformation impacts, Intellectual Property theft, Nation State motivations and targeting, and cross sector impacts.

Rich Witucki | Principal Industrial Consultant | Dragos

Richard Witucki is a Senior Industrial Consultant at the industrial cybersecurity company Dragos, Inc., where he is the primary subject matter expert who interfaces with the customer to perform architectural assessments, network vulnerability assessments, consequence-driven modeling of industrial environments, gap analysis, tabletop exercises and a range of other customer-facing activities.

Before joining Dragos, Rich worked as a Cybersecurity Consultant for Schneider Electric, responsible for reviewing and assessing customers’ ICS architectures. During his 15 years with Schneider Electric, Rich held positions as a Principal Engineering Consultant and Systems Architect focused on operational and industrial technologies (MES, MOM, SCADA, etc.) and as an Application Engineer. Other roles Rich has had throughout his career include Software Engineering Manager, Sales Engineer, and Electrical Test Engineer.

Moderator: Keith Larson

Keith Larson has more than three decades experience covering industrial automation and other aspects of OT and its convergence with the IT space. He currently serves as group publisher for Endeavor Business Media’s industrial automation and processing industry brands, including Food Processing. He holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked as a research engineer for Amoco Chemicals (now BP) before joining the ranks of the business media. He holds several U.S. and international patents, and among other journalistic achievements has been honored with a Jesse H. Neal award for editorial excellence from the American Business Press.

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