Countering Cyber Sabotage: Cyber Informed Engineering

Presented by: Marco Ayala, Matt Morris, and Carmen Garibi

Increasingly, digitalization is a permanent aspect of today’s operations, and cybersecurity is the linchpin to a safe and secure transition. But most of the time, the shift toward digitalization outpaces the cyber resilience required to effectively manage risks to the business. Consequence-driven, cyber-informed engineering (CCE) enhances risk assessment for cybersecurity by combining first-principles thinking with engineering.

This webinar will:

  1. Discuss the importance of applying engineering to cybersecurity and vice versa
  2. Present the approach of CCE
  3. Discuss the application of CCE in smart grid


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Operators, Controls Engineers, Cyber Teams (managers, directors)


Marco AyalaMarco Ayala is a process automation professional with over 25 years of experience working in petrochemical facilities, where he designed, implemented, and maintained their process instrumentation, automation systems, and process control networks. Currently, the director and ICS cybersecurity section lead at 1898 & Co. (part of Burns & McDonnell), Marco has expertise with safety systems, advanced process control, enterprise historians, and industrial network security, where he worked with enterprise IT to implement a corporate PCN security solution. He is active in cybersecurity efforts for the oil and gas upstream and midstream, maritime port, offshore facilities, and chemical sectors, working alongside federal, local, and state entities for securing the private sector. Marco is very active in ISA and is a 20-year member. He is a Senior member and a certified cyber instructor for ISA and a member contributor of the AMSC Gulf of Mexico (GOM) cybersecurity panel, InfraGard member, Chief of the Maritime Cross Sector Council for ports and terminals. He sits on the Safety and Security Division (SAFESEC) committee and is their liaison to the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance.


Matt MorrisMatt Morris is a Digitalization and Cybersecurity executive and author. Matt is currently the Managing Director for 1898 & Co. Security, where he leads a diverse team of ICS cybersecurity practitioners. His mission is to serve humanity by improving safety, security, and reliability of the world’s critical infrastructure through resiliency, improved situational awareness and preparedness. An industry luminary, Matt previously spearheaded ICS cybersecurity programs at Cisco, Siemens, and NexDefense. At Cisco, Matt architected and led the world’s first managed industrial cyber security service, among other major achievements. Matt has 26 years of strategy and technology leadership. Matt is a highly sought-after speaker on ICS cybersecurity and an accomplished author.  He has been published in SecurityWeek, USA Today,, International Business Times, CIO Insights, CIO Review, and many other notable publications. Matt is a Certified CISO (C|CISO), holds 12 DHS ICS-CERT certifications and a MBA degree from Emory Goizueta Business School.


Carmen GaribiCarmen Garibi is the Director, Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, Risk Management & Compliance at 1898 & Co., part of Burns & McDonnell, where she leads Business Development, Sales, and Marketing efforts. Carmen works together with clients in utility, oil and gas, water, transportation, government, and other markets to support them maintain their business, operational, and digitalization objectives by addressing the core aspect – remaining cyber vigilant. A cybersecurity executive with more than 14 years of experience, Carmen has been focused in supporting businesses in their IoT transformation and realizing operational and financial targets. Carmen holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and is based in Houston, TX.

Tags & Topics for This Webinar:

Cybersecurity; smart grid resiliency; critical infrastructure; OT Cybersecurity, ICS Cyber; CCE




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