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The Importance of Implementing OT Cybersecurity for the Power and Energy Industry

April 12, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT

The Importance of Implementing OT Cybersecurity for the Power and Energy Industry

Automation, digitalization and cybersecurity go hand in hand. As your operations become more connected, data-driven and autonomous, your exposure to cyber threats increases and threat actors are becoming very knowledgeable of these new vulnerabilities. As Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) environments are converging faster than ever, critical infrastructure operators need to implement cybersecurity programs specifically designed to protect Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

In the power and energy industry, NERC CIP outlines key areas and actions needed to prevent, detect and respond to an OT/ICS cybersecurity threat, addressing existing OT cyber vulnerabilities.

In this webinar, NAES and ABS Group cybersecurity specialists speak to the benefits for the design and implementation of effective and comprehensive OT cybersecurity programs that go beyond the NERC CIP requirements.

What We Cover

  • IT/OT convergence and differences

  • An overview of the impact OT cybersecurity has in the power and energy industry

  • Strategies to implement a successful OT cybersecurity program

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Dennis Hackney

Dr. Dennis Hackney, Solutions Development Director, Industrial Cybersecurity, ABS Group

Dr. Dennis Hackney is the head of ABS Group Cybersecurity Services Development. With over 20 years of experience in technology security compliance, he specializes in the integration of IT and OT cyber risk management solutions. Dennis oversees the development of new cyber services for a diverse range of industries, executing programs that address today's most ominous cybersecurity needs and supporting the advancement of compliance and technology solutions. Dennis holds a PhD in Information Security, as well as degrees in Applied Science and Business Management.

Ian Bramson

Ian Bramson, Global Head, Industrial Cybersecurity, ABS Group

Ian Bramson heads the Global Industrial Cybersecurity organization at ABS Group, where he works closely with senior executives across multiple industries including oil, gas and chemicals, power and energy, industrial manufacturing and maritime, 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 is a recognized thought leader and market developer in the emerging threat landscape of attacks on industrial operations and critical infrastructure. Ian has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and English from Cornell University.

Alan Bull

Alan Bull, Vice President, Compliance and Fleet Services, NAES

Alan Bull is the NAES Vice President, Compliance and Fleet Services, bringing more than 22 years of power industry experience to his role. As a 15 year veteran of NAES Corporation, he now leads the NERC, Environmental, Fleet Services and Gridforce business units, ensuring compliance with NERC and environmental regulations; providing engineering, drawing, procedure, CMMS and outage support; and providing remote operations and transmission and balancing authority services for fleet and outside clients. Alan is a Professional Engineer (PE) and a Project Management Professional (PMP), holding a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Chris Hylen

Chris Hylen, Director of IT Security, NAES

Chris Hylen is the Director of IT Security at NAES, an organization that optimizes the performance of energy facilities across the power generation, oil and gas and petrochemical industries. Chris is responsible for all aspects of NAES Information and Cybersecurity. Before taking the leadership role at NAES, he worked in all facets of IT Security across a wide variety of environments including US Military, insurance, banking, professional services, .COM, energy and aerospace manufacturing. Chris holds the globally recognized Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification from the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)².

About NAES Corporation

NAES Corporation ( is an independent services company dedicated to optimizing the performance of energy facilities across the power generation, oil & gas and petrochemical industries. NAES applies its deep experience in operations, maintenance, construction, engineering and technical support to build, operate and maintain plants that run safely, reliably and cost-effectively. NAES is a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation. With operations in over 80 countries covering a broad range of industries, ITOCHU ranks among the world’s largest corporations.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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