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ABS Group's Global Head of Industrial Cybersecurity and Senior Director Reliability Services to Speak at Downstream USA 2021

October 18, 2021

(Houston) – ABS Group, a leading global operational risk management company, today announced that Global Head of Industrial Cybersecurity, Ian Bramson, and Senior Director of Reliability Services, Mark West, will present at Downstream USA 2021. Their panels, titled “The Cyber Survival Guide: How to Talk to Your Board of Directors,” and “Cost Justifying Your Maintenance Strategy,” will analyze the best ways to bridge the gap between cybersecurity and the board as well as explore the basic foundations of a good maintenance and reliability program which help identify the most likely candidates for investment.

WHO: Ian Bramson, Global Head of Industrial Cybersecurity at ABS Group, and Mark West, Senior Director of Reliability Services at ABS Group

WHAT: Connect with ABS Group at Downstream USA 2021, a hybrid six-day, two-part conference that will highlight top-of-mind challenges security and business leaders face with industrial technology innovation in the digital age. The in-person portion of the conference, taking place from October 21-22, will focus on various aspects of the downstream industry through the lens of thought leaders, subject matter experts and community members.

Join us for discussions around, “The Cyber Survival Guide: How to Talk to Your Board of Directors,” and “Cost Justifying Your Maintenance Strategy,” within the conference’s Reliability and Maintenance track for insights from both presentations.

WHEN: Thursday, October 21, 2021 at:

  • 10:15am CST (11:15am EST) – Room 2: The Cyber Survival Guide: How to Talk to Your Board of Directors About Industrial Cybersecurity
  • 2:00pm CST (3:00pm EST) – Room 1: Cost Justifying Your Maintenance Strategy

WHERE: This event will take place in person at the NRG Center in Houston, TX

MEDIA: ABS Group’s Ian Bramson and Mark West are available for in-person briefings by request.


About ABS Consulting

ABSG Consulting Inc. (ABS Consulting) is part of ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ABS (, one of the world’s leading marine and offshore classification societies. The subsidiary was recently named one of America’s Best Consulting Firms of 2022 by Forbes. With over 50 years of risk management and safety experience, ABS Consulting provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions and technical services that help clients confirm the integrity, quality and efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Consulting operates with more than 1,000 professionals across the globe serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government, power and energy and industrial sectors.

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