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On Demand - Data Diodes 101: Protecting the Grid with Hardware [an Energy Central PowerSession™]

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This PowerSession is designed to be an introduction to data diodes for those new to the technology and an update for those that are familiar. Learn about how and why they are used, the variety of use cases, costs and the future of hardware cybersecurity.

Data diodes have been protecting critical infrastructure for over a decade, yet myths and misperceptions about them persist. Many operators aren’t well versed in the range of use cases they fulfill or believe they are relegated to a narrow set of use cases. Our panel is going to explain why the DHS, FBI and NSA endorse their use, discuss the many use cases they support (alarm management, database transfer, cloud analytics, historian replication, OPC, etc.), explore myths about costs and deployments, and take a look at what the next generation of hardware-enforced cybersecurity looks like

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Key Takeaways: 

  • Learn about the wide range of data diode uses – including the cloud and remote monitoring 
  • Why hardware-based cybersecurity offers a stronger defensive position than traditional, software-based cybersecurity devices like firewalls 
  • How data diodes are more cost-effective from both a CAPEX and OPEX perspective 
  • Why the future of cybersecurity includes embedded security 

Who Should View:

  • Professionals tasked with securing plant and facility operations 
  • Those that need to securely share operational data to the cloud, to remote monitoring facilities or 3rd party vendors 
  • Anyone seeking cybersecurity at a level demanded by government agencies 


Scott Coleman - VP, MARKETING - Scott joined the Owl team in 2014, bringing with him a strong technical background with 30+ years of experience working for high tech, B2B companies that ranged from startups to large multi-nationals. Starting as a software engineer, Scott’s career progressed to leadership positions in both product management and marketing.  His experience centers on real-time network solutions covering several industries including critical infrastructure, cybersecurity, wiretapping, healthcare, telecommunications, logistics, and call centers for both the private and public sectors.


Joe Weiss, Managing Partner - Applied Control Solutions -Joe Weiss is an expert on instrumentation, controls, and control system cyber security. He authored Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats. He has a database of more than 1,300 control system cyber incidents. He is an ISA Fellow, Managing Director of ISA99, an IEEE Senior Member, and was featured in Richard Clarke’s book- Warning – Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes. He has patents on instrumentation, control systems, OT networks, is a professional engineer, and has CISM and CRISC certifications. 

Brian has over 25 years’ experience in security technology and innovation in automotive security, payment systems, healthcare, and logistics. As Chief Innovation Officer for Owl, he is focused on shaping and executing the company’s growth strategy through advanced technology development and entry into new markets. He formerly served as a product manager and technical expert for the US Department of Transportation SCMS V2X initiative while at Escrypt and as Sr. Director of Corporate Innovation at Pitney Bowes. Brian holds Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and R&D Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is an inventor on 25 US patents.

Scott Crider, Manager Cybersecurity | Energy & Utilities at West Monroe

Scott currently serves as a Program Manager in West Monroe's Cybersecurity practice with a focused understanding of strategic cybersecurity, cyber resilience, and critical infrastructure. Scott has more than 12 years of experience in the field as a cybersecurity practitioner that evaluates critical infrastructure and business development needs, and who demonstrates secure & safe principles and techniques within the Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Bulk Power, and Telecommunications industries.

Mark Prince, Retired Entergy 2020 & Owner Optional Solutions, LLC.

Mark has 42 years of experience in non-Nuclear Power Plant process control and cybersecurity. Retired from Entergy 2020. Areas of expertise: Data Diode Network Design Process Control System Evaluation & Implementation NERC CIP Requirements Cyber Security Audits & Inspections.


Thanks to our sponsors for your help in supporting this event: 

Owl Cyber Defense Solutions, LLC leads the world in data diode and cross domain network cybersecurity. With a constant focus on customers in the military, government, critical infrastructure, and commercial communities, Owl develops market-first, one-way data transfer products to meet a variety of operational needs, from entry level to enterprise. Owl cybersecurity specialists have helped hundreds of organizations around the world secure their networks with Owl’s patented hardware-enforced, unhackable data diode solutions.




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