Get Smart or Get Hacked: Cybersecurity for Operational Technology | MLC Virtual Plant Tour


Virtual Tour



Key Speakers

Chandra Brown
Tony Del Sesto
Jon Powvens
Gerry Stellatos
Steve Applegate

About the Event

Join the Manufacturing Leadership Council virtually for an opportunity to take an inside look into MxD’s Chicago Innovation Center to learn about cybersecurity for operational technology.

As manufacturers continue to modernize facilities and implement digital technologies, the risk of cyber-attack increases. According to a National Defense Industry Association study, over 35% of cyber-attacks in the United States are targeted at manufacturers – more than any other business sector.

No matter a manufacturer’s size, industry, or position within the supply chain, the threat of cyberattack is always present. Attacks on large companies can originate with the smaller, more vulnerable companies within their supply chains. Analyzing a company’s cybersecurity posture, therefore requires examining its entire ecosystem in addition to looking at internal operations.

This reality, combined with the ever-growing number of cybersecurity standards and guidelines, can make the thought of cybersecurity implementation overwhelming for many companies. Since receiving its designation by the Department of Defense as the National Center for Cybersecurity in Manufacturing, MxD has brought resources and lessons learned to directly to manufacturers facing these issues through workshops, webinars, workforce development programs, and our twenty-two thousand square foot future factory located in Chicago.

Walk Away With Actionable Insights

This plant tour will be followed by a panel discussion on MxD’s cybersecurity in manufacturing and walk away with actionable insights, including:

  • Operational technology-based demonstrations of all five functions of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover

  • Examples of methods, tools, and software you can implement on your factory floor to prevent cyber-attacks

  • A description of critical elements of a cybersecurity incident response plan


10:00 a.m. CT - 10:05 a.m. CT
Manufacturing Leadership Council Welcome

10:05 a.m. CT - 10:15 a.m. CT
MxD Welcome & Overview Presentation

10:15 a.m. CT - 11:00 a.m. CT
MxD Plant Tour

11:00 a.m. CT - 11:30 a.m. CT
Panel Discussion

Key Speakers

image of <b>Chandra Brown</b>
Chandra Brown
image of <b>Tony Del Sesto</b>
Tony Del Sesto
Technical Fellow
image of <b>Jon Powvens</b>
Jon Powvens
Director of Cybersecurity
image of <b>Gerry Stellatos</b>
Gerry Stellatos
Cybersecurity & Privacy
image of <b>Steve Applegate</b>
Steve Applegate
VP of Security, IT,
& CISO at Dragos