Ofer Shaked on Manufacturing Happy Hour

We’re back with another cybersecurity edition of the podcast, only this time, we’re focused on ransomware. Today we’re joined by Ofer Shaked, Co-Founder and CTO of SCADAfence, an Israel-based security company with the most comprehensive OT and IoT cybersecurity platform for critical infrastructure and enterprises. He’ll be sharing the details of a targeted ransomware attack he and his team recently helped resolve.

In this episode, we’ll cover why targeted cyberattacks are becoming more common, why manufacturing is such a hot target, and what it’s like being on the ground floor of a cyberattack. Ofer walks us through how the SCADAfence team responds and the steps they take to address these events. Finally, we’ll share what might be next in the cyberthreat landscape.


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3 Quick Things from this Episode

  1. Managing the technical aspects of a cybersecurity attack is the easy part. The emotional and human aspects are the challenge.
  2. With the right actions and best practices, you can reduce the risk of a cyberattack while still allowing 3rd party vendors to access your systems.
  3. As manufacturing enterprises have started increasing their connectivity over the past decade, a combination of aging network architectures, vulnerabilities of the IoT, and not having the right cybersecurity talent make industrial networks a perfect target for ransomware.

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What We Discuss with Ofer

  • We learn about Ofer’s experience in Unit 8200 of the Israel Defense Forces and how it became such a strong incubator for cybersecurity talent.
  • Ofer shares why targeted ransomware attacks are becoming more prevalent, particularly in the manufacturing sector.
  • We discuss the anatomy of a targeted ransomware attack in the context of a recent one where SCADAfence was called to respond. Ofer sets the stage by describing what it’s like being in the room when an attack starts to take place.
  • There are technical as well as emotional and human aspects that need to be handled when you’re in the middle of a ransomware attack.
  • Ofer summarizes the steps needed to take to identify and resolve the issues created by the attackers.
  • We wrap up with Ofer sharing the steps to reduce the risk of being the target of a cyberattack, how to safely handle 3rd party access, and what other cyber threats companies should start preparing for.

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