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1832482 - Critical Infrastructure Resilience Hinges on Cyber-Physical Convergence

‐ Oct 19, 2021 11:45am

Cyber-physical systems are delivering an increasing portion of the infrastructure services at the heart of our economy and national security, and you don’t have to look far for examples of technology-enabled, industrial control, and the internet-of-things in the core operations of healthcare, food and agriculture, energy, transportation, or manufacturing. Further, one has only to look at the contemporary examples of our systems under stress, such as the JBS and Colonial Pipeline cyber attacks, to understand the fragile risk ecosystem confronting infrastructure owners and operators of cyber-physical systems. In fact, the title of this talk is purposefully a catch-22, meaning that just as infrastructure resilience is inherently dependent on safe and secure cyber-physical systems, so too is the collective work to see cyber and physical security achieve resilience tethered to the great steps we take in the 21st century to automate and make more complex operating environments within critical infrastructure.