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PAS Announces Strong Industry Speaker Lineup for OptICS Conference

Major Oil & Gas, Chemical, and Power Industry Leaders Join General Michael Hayden to Share Insights on Safety, Cybersecurity, and Reliability in Industrial Process Facilities

February 07, 2018

HOUSTON, TX – PAS Global, LLC, the leading solution provider of industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity, process safety, and asset reliability in the energy, power, and process industries announced new speakers for the PAS OptICS 2018 conference. PAS OptICS provides a forum where leaders in critical infrastructure industries can explore today’s most pressing operations and cybersecurity challenges as well as solutions to address them. PAS OptICS is an essential conference for control engineers, operations managers, plant managers, asset owners, cybersecurity personnel, and executives responsible for safety and operational risk management.
The theme of this year’s conference, “Where OT Security & Safety Intersect,” highlights the conference’s focus on real-world solutions that tackle risk within critical infrastructure. The two-day event, which takes place on April 9-11 in Houston, Texas, will include industry keynote speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions, and technical tracks focused on best practices and case studies for ICS cybersecurity, safety, and operational risk management.
Conference keynote General Michael Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA), will speak on the fluid threat landscape facing critical infrastructure and measures underway to protect industry. As head of the country’s premier intelligence agencies, he was on the front lines of global change, the war on terrorism, and the growing cyber challenge. General Hayden was the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country.
Other confirmed industry leaders presenting or participating in panels at the event include:

  • Walter Pinto, Senior Director, Global Projects and Engineering, LyondellBasell

  • Jason Bottjen, Director of DCS Technology, Valero Energy Corporation

  • Chad Vicknair, ICS Cyber Security Consultant, The Chemours Company

  • Kristin Hanie, Senior Control Systems Integrity Engineer, Southern Company

  • Dwayne Coffey, Operations Management & Technology Principal Program Manager, EPRI

  • Stephanie Neil, Senior Editor, AutomationWorld

  • Jeff Cornelius, EVP of Industrial Control and Critical Infrastructure Solutions, Darktrace Industrial

  • Bill Hollifield, Principal Alarm Management and HMI Consultant, PAS

In addition, PAS OptICS will provide one-on-one training sessions with PAS product experts, numerous networking opportunities, and an industrial technology showcase.
"PAS is honored to host such prestigious industry speakers at OptICS 2018," said David Zahn, Chief Marketing Officer and GM of Cybersecurity at PAS Global. "Each individual brings a unique perspective on forces that are shaping industry today. OptICS provides an excellent opportunity for professionals to network with their peers and gain insight into improving day-to-day operations and security."

Information on registration and sponsorship opportunities can be found online at
About PAS
PAS is a leading provider of software solutions for ICS cybersecurity, process safety, and asset reliability to the energy, process, and power industries worldwide. PAS solutions include industrial control system cybersecurity, automation asset management, IPL assurance, alarm management, high performance HMI™, boundary management, and control performance optimization. PAS solutions are installed in over 1,300 facilities worldwide in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit Connect with PAS on Twitter @PASGlobal or LinkedIn.
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