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Are Cybersecurity Professionals Equipped for the IT-OT Convergence?

Cybersecurity Awareness Month - Mini-Episodes


Do Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) environments have anything in common? While some cybersecurity professionals may answer yes, the reality is that IT and OT are two separate worlds with vastly different priorities. In this mini-episode, Ian Bramson, Global Head of Industrial Cybersecurity, and Keon McEwen, Global Lead - Security Operations Center (SOC), discuss the IT-OT convergence and the resulting industry-wide need for OT-specific protection against cyber attacks.

About the Host

Ian Bramson heads the global cybersecurity organization at ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group), an affiliate of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), where he works closely with senior executives to help minimize their cybersecurity risks. For over 20 years, Ian has helped organizations adapt to their digital environments and solve business challenges related to industrial cybersecurity, risk management and digital transformation. He has built successful companies, global sales organizations and cybersecurity programs across multiple industries, including power, maritime, oil and gas and more. Ian is a recognized thought leader and market developer in the emerging threat landscape of attacks on industrial operations and critical infrastructure. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and English from Cornell University.

About ABS Group

ABS Group ( provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions, including industrial cybersecurity services, to help clients reduce risk and confirm the safety, integrity, quality and efficiency of their critical assets and operations. ABS Group has over 50 years of risk management and safety experience and was recently named one of America’s Best Consulting Firms of 2022 by Forbes. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally, serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government and industrial sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, one of the world's leading marine and offshore classification societies.

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Produced by Sandra Monsalve-Ramos, Brittney Warrick and Daniel Fischer, Digital Communications at ABS Group

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