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Fortinet“™s Phil Quade: Addressing IT-Operational Tech Integration Key to Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Fortinet“™s Phil Quade: Addressing IT-Operational Tech Integration Key to Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Fortinet“™s Phil Quade: Addressing IT-Operational Tech Integration Key to Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Phil Quade

Phil Quade, chief information security officer at Fortinet, told Federal News Radio“™s Ask the CIO program that aired Wednesday federal agency leaders seeking to cyber-secure operational technology used to power critical infrastructure should address the rising integration of OT with information technology driven by the prevalence of internet-connected devices.

Quade said the government should work with the private sector to address issues related to IT-OT integration by sharing cyber threat information and establishing a national program that would counter distributed denial-of-service attacks.

A national counter-DDOS program would involve companies that could help with bandwidth issues and “segment off the assets or even the attacker,“ he noted.

“And lastly, it would probably involve the U.S. government. The U.S. Cyber Command might be a great place to do a mitigation upstream in foreign cyber space,“ Quade added.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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