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How to Protect Your Manufacturing Environment from Cyberattacks

Manufacturing processes are controlled and monitored by Operational Technology, or “OT”. OT is very different than IT, and OT cybersecurity risks are often not as well understood by organizations as IT environments. Limited expertise and resources to address OT risks are quite common. In addition, small and medium businesses are being targeted by cyber criminals: in 2021 more than 4,000 ransomware incidents were reported, and over 70% of them impacted organizations with fewer than 500 employees. It is essential that you take steps to protect your OT environment – lost manufacturing operations equals lost revenue.

Dragos OT-CERT – Operational Technology Cybersecurity Emergency Readiness Team – was created to address the OT resource gap that exists in manufacturing and industrial infrastructure – especially in small and medium sized organizations. Members of OT-CERT have free access to OT cybersecurity best practices and resources to help build and grow an OT cybersecurity program. OT-CERT resources are created for your organization’s existing personnel – engineers, IT teams or service providers, and plant operations staff. Security expertise is not necessary to implement the resources provided by OT-CERT.

Catalyst Connection and Dragos OT-CERT are offering a free workshop for small and medium manufacturers in Pittsburgh. The workshop is intended for plant engineers, managers, and operations staff. Members of your IT team or service provider are optional but not necessary. We will help you to take the first steps in protecting your manufacturing environment from cyberattacks and give you the tools you need to continue to build your program following the workshop without having to hire any people or invest any resources.

The workshop will consist of two parts:

  1. Tabletop Exercise – We will work together through a realistic manufacturing ransomware scenario so we can all learn from each other, when we’re not under the stress of an active incident, so that you can identify steps you need to take to address any gaps you might find as a result. No IT or security expertise is required!
  2. OT Cybersecurity Fundamentals Survey – We will walk through a survey of foundational cybersecurity practices for OT and learn from each other regarding best practices that can be put into place in a small / medium manufacturing company. No IT or security expertise is required!

About Dragos, Inc

In a world of rising cybersecurity threats, Dragos protects the most critical infrastructure — those that provide us with the tenets of modern civilization — from increasingly capable adversaries who wish to do it harm. Devoted to codifying and sharing our in-depth industry knowledge of ICS/OT systems, Dragos arms industrial defenders around the world with the knowledge and tools to protect their systems as effectively and efficiently as possible.

About the Presenters

Dawn Cappelli Dawn is the Head of OT-CERT (Operational Technology – Cyber Emergency Readiness Team) at Dragos. OT-CERT provides free resources to help under-resourced organizations build a foundational OT cybersecurity program. Previously, Dawn was Chief Information Security Officer for Rockwell Automation.


Kyle O’Meara Kyle O’Meara is a Principal Adversary Hunter at Dragos. Kyle brings over 14 years of cyber security experience focused on tracking and analyzing targeted cyber operations by foreign adversaries.


We look forward to seeing you on February 1! Registration is required, and participation will be limited to 40 participants, so register soon! Please direct any questions to Connie Palucka at cpalucka@catalystconnection.org.


Catalyst Connection 2nd Floor Workforce Training Room
4501 Lytle Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
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