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Cybersecurity Connections Event and Networking Lunch: Manufacturing and Operational Technology (OT) Cybersecurity

Join us on May 21, 2024, for an NCCoE panel discussion and networking lunch

Manufacturing organizations are increasingly targeted in cyberattacks. As manufacturers continue harnessing computer networking technology to enhance productivity, they also become more vulnerable to cybersecurity threats posed by malicious actors. To help organizations addressing this challenge, the NCCoE Manufacturing team has worked with industry and stakeholders to generate cybersecurity guidance in the form of NIST 1800-Series Publications and Cybersecurity White Papers. This panel will highlight this new guidance and convene cybersecurity experts to discuss best practices in securing operational technology (OT) in manufacturing environments.​

The panel will be followed by a networking lunch, sponsored by Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, on behalf of Montgomery County, Maryland. 


National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), 9700 Great Seneca Hwy, Rockville, MD 20850


​​11:00–11:30 a.m.—Arrival and Registration

11:30–11:40 a.m.—Welcome and Opening Remarks​ ​

  • Kimberly Mentzell, Director of Cybersecurity and Aerospace, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Bill Tompkins, President & CEO, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
  • Michael Mitchell, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Montgomery Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC)

11:40–11:45 a.m.—Introduction to the NCCoE​

  • Cherilyn Pascoe, Director, NCCoE

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned in Operational Technology (OT) for Manufacturing Cybersecurity​

  • Moderator: Michael Powell, Cybersecurity Engineer, NIST NCCoE
  • Panelists:
    • Jyoti Malhotra, Division Chief of National Programs, NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)​
    • Rob Richardson, DISA Chair, National Defense University
    • Chris Jensen, Director of Public Sector Business Development, Tenable
    • Abhishek Motayed, Chief Executive Officer, N5 Sensors

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.—Networking Lunch, sponsored by Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, on behalf of Montgomery County, Maryland

1:30 p.m.—Adjourn

Registration closes on May 14, 2024*

*This registration is for in-person attendance only.

Recording Note: Portions of the event may be recorded and audience Q&A or comments may be captured. The recorded event may be edited and rebroadcast or otherwise made publicly available by NIST. By registering for — or attending — this event, you acknowledge and consent to being recorded.

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