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Cyber Safety and Security in the Internet of Things (IoT)
Recent global cyberattacks on power grids, pipelines, water systems, surveillance devices, and the software that runs them have raised awareness of a threat impacting public health and safety without warning. While operational technologies (OT) that enable smart systems in buildings, cities, transportation, and infrastructure offer unprecedented opportunities to enhance the human experience, these cyber-physical systems (CPS) are also highly vulnerable to cyberattacks. A cyberattack on information systems can threaten the integrity of data, facilitate the theft of intellectual property, and invade privacy: but a CPS attack can threaten lives at work, at home, and in cars, by disabling the utilities and infrastructure we rely on daily for survival. A coordinated cyberattack on essential services and infrastructure in an urban area would have catastrophic results. Unfortunately, governments today do not have the resources to quickly respond to this exploding challenge.

• According to the World Economic Forum cites, cyber-attacks as No. 1 in the top 10 global business risks.
• Gartner, Inc., a leading research and advisory company, predicts that the financial impact of CPS attacks resulting in fatal casualties will reach over $50 billion by 2023.
• Gartner also predicts that 75% of CEOs will be personally liable for cyber-physical security incidents by 2024.

What are the benefits and challenges of the Internet of Things?
How can smart devices create risk?
How do we mitigate cyber safety risks?
What are unique attributes that need modeling and consideration when protecting cyber-physical security?


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Hon. Lucian Niemeyer
CEO @Building Cyber Security
Lucian serves as the CEO of Building Cyber Security, a non-profit organization established in 2020 to enhance global safety by developing frameworks with stakeholders across multiple sectors to promote cyber protections in operational technologies, controls, and devices for enhanced human security and safety in an increasingly smart world. Lucian also served in the White House as the Deputy Program Associate Director in the Office of Management and Budget providing budgetary, policy, and management oversight for all U.S. national security programs of the Department of Defense, the National Nuclear Security Agency, and National Intelligence Programs. In August 2017, he was appointed by the President as an Assistant Secretary of Defense to lead and manage the budgeting, development, and operations of the Department of Defense’s real property portfolio, which encompasses 28 million acres on 500 installations with over 500,000 buildings valued at a trillion dollars.
Fred Gordy
Director of Cyber Security @Intelligent Buildings, LLC
Fred Gordy is a SmartBuilding industry expert and thought leader with over 20 years of experience in secure control system development and implementation for Fortune 500 companies throughout the US, Canada, and abroad. He is one of the first in the SmartBuilding industry to address the inherent risk that control system technology poses. Fred has developed control system cybersecurity assessment methodologies and tools. He is currently a member Building Cyber Security which has been building a cybersecurity framework for building control systems based on ISA/IEC 62443. Fred has authored over 100 articles and white papers on building control cybersecurity with industry magazines as well as the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and Healthcare publications. In addition to publishing articles, he has been a passionate speaker and teacher on building control cybersecurity.
José Fernandéz
President @CompSec Direct
José Fernández is the President and owner of CompSec Direct. He is an InfoSec researcher with over 20 years of experience in the IT field and is also a US Army veteran. Jose specializes in InfoSec research by applying offensive methodologies toward practical defensive measures. Jose’s background in CNO, CND, and engineering has allowed him to work in some of the most technically demanding environments throughout his career in both the private and public sectors.