Digital Fairs USA announces Fortinet's Phil Quade as keynote speaker

  • July 22, 2019
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Digital Fairs USA announces Fortinet's Phil Quade as keynote speaker
Digital Fairs USA announces Fortinet's Phil Quade as keynote speaker

July 22, 2019 - During the inaugural Digital Industry USA, the showcase for Industry 4.0 and the connected industry taking place from September 11-12 in Louisville, KY, manufacturers of all levels of technology adoption will be able to demonstrate and discuss solutions that are changing the face of industrial automation. A highlight of the trade show is its on-floor educational sessions lead by industry visionaries who will provide detailed, action-oriented discussions on connected technologies for the plant from proof of concept right through fully connected factory operations.

To kick off the trade show, Phil Quade, a 34-year veteran of the National Security Association (NSA) and Chief Information Security Officer at Fortinet, provider of cybersecurity infrastructure solutions, will deliver the keynote address on September 11. Quade plans to offer an in-depth look at the evolving cybersecurity landscape and will focus his discussion on the evolution of Cy-Phy, the convergence of cyber things with our physical spaces.

Known as Industry 4.0 and digital transformation in the manufacturing space, Cy-Phy is being driven by the implementation and convergence of technologies, including operational technology (OT) networks, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial IoT, 5G, edge computing and artificial intelligence (AI). “All of these, combined with rapidly developing new technologies on the horizon, are fundamentally changing the industrial automation landscape,” says Quade. “But for these changes to achieve their transformational potential, their security implications need to be understood and planned for long before their impact is felt in the plant.”

Adds Quade, “Manufacturing operations, engineering and security professionals will inevitably be drawn into the Cy-Phy revolution.” During his keynote presentation, Quade will discuss how this can enable the securitization of industrial automation for those manufacturers who recognize its significance and who are ready to implement the foundational elements of a security strategy that will allow them to thrive in this emerging Cy-Phy environment. Critical to thriving in the Cy-Phy environment is the adoption of the foundational elements of a security strategy that includes speed, integration, collaboration and automation.

During Digital Industry USA, Fortinet and its partners will showcase the company’s security solutions, including Fortinet’s Security Fabric platform that provides integration and automation across the plant’s security infrastructure, delivering protection and visibility to every network segment, device, and appliance, whether virtual, in the cloud, or on-premises. Additionally, Fortinet will demonstrate via a host of devices exactly what a cyberattack looks like and what its cybersecurity platform can do to allow users to control access of their networks and to prevent future attacks.

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