Vivek Ponnada

11:30-11:50 AM - TRACK 1, ROOM 1900 


Whether you are new to cybersecurity, or somewhat experienced in security but new to Industrial Control Systems, ICS/OT Security might seem like a tough nut to track. Besides some unfortunate gate-keeping (which many in the industry are pushing back against), this sector's lingo and technology might seem alien. This talk provides some helpful guidance to get started and thrive in OT Security!

Vivek ponnada

Vivek Ponnada is an OT Security practitioner with global experience and currently works at Nozomi Networks as a Regional Sales Director.  Having started his career in ICS as an Instrumentation Technician, Vivek became a Controls Engineer and commissioned Gas Turbine Controls systems in Europe, Middle-East, Africa and South-East Asia. Throughout his career, Vivek held multiple roles including Sales, Marketing & Business Development and Services covering Control systems & Cybersecurity solutions for Critical Infrastructure (Power, Oil & Gas, Water, Mining etc.) industries at GE and ICI Electrical Engineering in North America. He is the co-lead for the Top 20 Secure PLC Coding Practices Project and his recent talks/contributions include S4x22, Gartner Risk Summit, GRIMMCon 0x7, BSides Vancouver and many others. Vivek has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from I.E. India, MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and GICSP certification from GIAC. He is an active member of the Infosec community as a Board Member for Mainland Advanced Research Society (Vancouver, BC), member of the ISA and also a Volunteer for ISACA.