Ireland's OT Forum

Wednesday 17th November 2021

2pm - 3:25pm


Cyber Risk Mitigation in the Manufacturing Industry

Join us as we navigate the cyber security challenges in Operational Technology

Get the Operational Technology Security You Need. Reduce the Risk You Don't.

About the Event

Operational Technology (OT) is fundamental to the success of the manufacturing sector, with systems that are becoming increasingly automated, intricate, and interconnected.

In 2020 alone, ransomware attacks against manufacturing tripled, just one of the many methods of cyber attacks facing operational technology in the sector today. Mitigating these attacks was already an unfamiliar challenge for many organisations, but this has worsened in a time of increased disruption and uncertainty. The resiliency of manufacturing supply chains in particular will be critical for cybersecurity success at this time. With this in mind, if organisations cannot see what is happening and respond quickly, they will not be resilient.

As the manufacturing sector represents almost a third of the Irish economy, the increase in cyber attacks is extremely concerning, with the four largest industries at risk including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, computers, and food production. The importance of manufacturing in Ireland has shown no signs of slowing down, with reports indicating production has increased by 26% in the past year.


Join Renaissance and our panel of OT Security experts for a live discussion that will cover best practice advice and real examples from the field.

14:00  Introduction to the OT Forum - Michael Conway, Renaissance
14:05  OT Security Deployment in Manufacturing - Kieran Caulfield, Renaissance
14:10  About Armis - Jonathan Morgan, Armis
14:20  Case Study with the Armis Solution - Curtis Simpson, Armis
14:50  Building a Winning Team for Plant Security - Gearóid Cox, Oleson
15:05  Open Forum for Discussion (Facilitated by Michael Conway)
15:25  Closing Remarks - Michael Conway, Renaissance

Together with our partners, we provide the expertise and solutions needed to develop a sustainable and resilient cyber security strategy for manufacturing.

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53% of manufacturers have concerns about their OT security

Join us as we navigate the cybersecurity challenges in Operational Technology

The Renaissance Ireland OT Forum is an engaging opportunity to hear best practice advice and real examples from the field. Our expert panel will provide the latest insights into:

  • The current threat landscape for the Manufacturing Industry.
  • The different methods & latest technologies unique to OT Security.
  • What you need to know in implementing ICS security as part of your organisations larger security posture.
  • Lessons learned and tips from implemented projects within the industry.

Our Speakers & Industry Leading Panellists

Michael Conway

Michael Conway

Managing Director, Renaissance

Michael Conway, as CEO of Renaissance has assembled a team of dedicated Business Continuity and ICT Security professionals who deliver education, awareness, and technologies to our vendors and IT ecosystem across Ireland. Renaissance has been supporting vendors, partners, and end-users for over 30 years. The Cyber Ecosystem is at the center of everything we do, we host Ireland's largest Cyber Expo event annually; Late November sees 30+ world-leading vendors in the Cyber security space present and engage with Partners, Industry Experts, and IT professionals.

Kieran Caulfield

Kieran Caulfield

Enterprise Account Director - OT, Renaissance

Kieran has more than 25 years’ experience across the spectrum of Corporate (IT) & Industrial (OT) Cyber Security Solutions and delivering the best outcomes for customers. With experience in the areas of Project Management, Product Development, Global Solution Deployments, and Support. An added benefit is Kieran’s first-hand experience of working on the ground on large-scale Industrial Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Projects in Food Manufacturing, Plastics and Automotive has given Kieran a greater understanding of the technical infrastructure and cultural challenges facing many organisations embarking on OT/IT Cyber Security projects.

Johnathon Morgan

Jonathan Morgan

Regional Sales Director - UK & Ireland, Armis

With over 19 years of industry experience solving and addressing customer IT and cyber security problems including Dell Computers, Websense, Crossbeam, Ping Identity, and Agari. Jonathan leads the team responsible for the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Curtis Simpson

Curtis Simpson

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Armis

Curtis guides and advances the Armis enterprise vision, ensures the protection of the company’s information assets, and serves as a vital resource to his counterparts at Armis customers and throughout the technology sector.

Curtis brings more than 15 years of diversified information technology experience, with direct information security and management experience in positions of increasing responsibility at Sysco, a Fortune 50 corporation. As vice president and global CISO at Sysco, Curtis directed a portfolio of cost effective, business-focused security programs responsible for reducing security risks faced by a global organisation.

Gearoid Cox

Gearóid Cox

Director, Oleson

Gearóid has dedicated his career to implementing lasting change in manufacturing automation. Working for software system developers, market leader automation manufacturers, and trusted system integrators. Gearóid has led teams on internationals automation efforts in the life sciences and food and beverage industries.

Gain valuable insights into what you need for your OT environment.

Core to the Armis Platform is the Device Knowledgebase.

It is a giant crowd-sourced, cloud-based, device behaviour knowledgebase, the largest in the world, tracking over one billion devices - and growing.

Each profile includes unique device information, such as how often each device communicates with others, over what protocols, how much data is typically transmitted, whether the device is stationary, what software runs and more. The Armis platform even records a history of everything each device does.

The protection of OT systems is a specialised task. It requires different knowledge than that of a typical IT Cybersecurity team.

In this blog, we discuss the increasing cyber threats and methods of attack that have been facing OT infrastructures in recent times.

Read now to learn how Oleson is expertly placed to deliver the specialist skillset needed to secure OT infrastructures in organisations of all sizes.

Renaissance OT Cybersecurity Posture 2020 Survey Results

In September 2020, Renaissance published a series of multiple choice, high level questions designed to probe organisation’s OT cyber security posture. The survey results demonstrate there is still work to be done across all industry sectors.

OT Survey

Keeping Operational Technology Safe & Secure

We work with our partners to deliver solutions and services to make your clients and customers IT environments more secure and compliant and future proof these solutions by tailoring these to suit their needs and requirements. Renaissance and our suite of security vendors and partners are ideally placed to work with  industrial organisations to help analyse current security systems, design a way to improve them, and deliver the improvements over time. Starting with the most critical systems and vulnerabilities. Learn more.

Armis was formed to help organizations discover and secure managed, unmanaged, and IoT devices, including medical devices and industrial control systems (ICS). With almost 400 employees globally, we’re building a future that helps our customers and partners to quickly implement their digital transformation strategies and safely adopt new connected devices. Our mission is clear. To enable enterprises to adopt new connected devices without fear of compromise by a cyber attack. Learn more.

Oleson is a technology strategy & transformation practice. Oleson’s team are uniquely focused on IT/OT systems in manufacturing operations with a particular strength in regulated life sciences manufacturing. Every organisation is already likely to have control systems and applications vendors. Oleson’s strength is in taking a full system view and understanding the complex relationships between technology platforms (IT/OT) and the various stakeholders across the business and operations teams. Learn more.

Renaissance Contingency Services Ltd 
Unit 8, Leopardstown Business Centre, Ballyogan Road, Dublin 18, Ireland Eircode D18wd62
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