CCAT and the UK Department for International Trade co-sponsored a Cybersecurity Roundtable on the global approach to the growing threat on Wednesday, July 25. The panel was held at CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center in East Hartford, CT. It was moderated by Harriet Cross, British Consul General, included Arthur House, State of Connecticut Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer; Rick Dombrowski, United Technologies Corporation Executive Director of Cybersecurity; Tom Maloney, CCAT Chief Technology Officer; Vanessa Richards of the US Attorney’s Office of the State of Connecticut and Linda Tomasi, COO of RSL Fiber.
Among the issues discussed was how industry and government can collaborate to address the present and growing threat due to increasing access to technology, making it easier for hackers to gain control. Among the factors for the growing ease is the reality that manufacturing is getting more sophisticated and therefore more vulnerable. The panelists introduced the possibility of cybersecurity insurance, currently in its infancy stages and being a possible growth area. A key message emphasized by panelists was directed to manufacturers citing the importance of getting on the front foot with your customers, to reassure them, be transparent, and to get to know FBI and local law enforcement agencies and others that can help if things go awry. In one point made by House, he expressed that integration of intelligence and sharing is critical and he encouraged industry associations to share the intelligence and to benchmark with other industries to share solutions. Collaboration is important and there needs to be more working together and more info sharing to get on top of cybersecurity threats, because everyone can bring something to the table.
The panel was streamed live on CCAT’s YouTube channel and can be viewed in its entirety here.