On October 27, 2015, the National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) hosted a webinar on “Critical Manufacturing”.
Critical manufacturing is a key component to the United States economic viability and the people’s way of life. Theft of research data or outages to critical manufacturing cause major socio-economic impact to both the manufacturer and the critical infrastructure systems that are counting on engines, turbines, etc. to run their operations.
This webinar explored the likely threat vectors, the potential consequences of failing to address comprehensive security matters, and most importantly provided high level guidance on best practices required to protect the critical manufacturing environment.
The webinar is part of a new series entitled “Hot Topics in Cybersecurity” that covers the topics featured in NCI’s recently published book Cybersecurity in Our Digital Lives.
The webinar was presented by Dr. Kevin McLaughlin. Dr. McLaughlin currently serves as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for Stryker Corporation. As a U.S. Army veteran who served for 11 years, Dr. McLaughlin began his career as a Special Agent and has also been a Police Officer in Kissimmee Florida, an Investigator for Mastercard/Visa, a Middle School teacher, a Director at Kennedy Space Center, Senior Information Security manager with the Procter & Gamble (P&G) company and a Senior Information Security manager with the Whirlpool corporation. He is also an adjunct faculty member teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Cyber Security.
McLaughlin holds a PhD in Information Assurance from the University of Fairfax, a Masters degree in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in MIS from Park College. He also maintains the following professional certifications: CISM, CISSP, CRISC, GIAC and PMP. Dr. McLaughlin is also a fellow at the National Cybersecurity Institute.