Dirk Sweigart is the MES solutions manager at Applied Control Engineering Inc. (ACE). He is responsible for the development and execution of manufacturing execution system (MES) projects for ACE. He also consults on information security (CISSP) for ACE clients. He is an experienced IT and systems project manager (PMP) with more than 35 years of experience planning and leading projects that develop manufacturing and business systems, lab automation, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), MES and process control systems with many diverse manufacturing processes. Sweigart is a member of MESA (Cybersecurity Working Group), and a senior member of ISA. He also teaches SCADA and cybersecurity in the graduate program at Wilmington University.
Good cybersecurity requires IT/OT convergence
Bridging the gaps between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) can improve performance on the floor and reduce risks to operations.
Unlikely cybersecurity targets are a myth
There is no such thing as an unlikely cybersecurity target and those who believe so are the most vulnerable to a potential attack.
Disconnected cybersecurity systems are a myth
In today's modern manufacturing environment, there is no such thing as a "disconnected" system from cybersecurity, and believing systems that are among the most vulnerable.