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[June 14, 2013]

IOActives Eireann Leverett to Present on Publicly Accessible Industrial Control Systems at FIRST Conference

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) London, UK -- IOActive, Inc., a leading provider of application security, compliance and smart grid security services, today announced that security consultant Eireann Leverett, will be presenting national and global case studies highlighting the mitigation of publicly accessible industrial control systems at the FIRST Conference in Bangkok next week.

In his presentation, Eireann will address the importance of engaging with incident response teams of those companies using ICS systems. He will show his analysis from the past two years whether the problems these organisations are faced with are getting better or worse over time. IOActive regularly performs penetration testing and security assessments to help organisations identify areas of weakness and high risk in their network. In doing so, these companies have the knowledge and the ability to reduce the scope and vectors an attacker could use to breach the corporate network. The company has a large team that works closely with the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) when any control-system vulnerabilities are discovered. IOActive has a firm belief in knowledge transfer and sees the FIRST Conference as an important event to attend as it aims to help attendees learn from security practitioners on how they are collaborating and sharing threat intelligence to tackle security incidents.

WHAT: Industrial Owners Manual: case studies in publicly accessible ICS WHERE: Conrad Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand WHEN: Monday June 17, 2013 at 14:25 INFO: You can also listen to a podcast interview from conference organisers - FIRST and their host Chris John Riley as he chats with Eireann on SCADA and ICS: About Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing together computer security incident response teams (CSIRTs) and includes response teams from over 240 corporations, government bodies, universities and other institutions spread across the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

About Eireann Leverett Eireann Leverett studied Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering at Edinburgh University and went on to get his Masters in Advanced Computer Science at Cambridge. He studied under Frank Stajano and Jon Crowcroft in Cambridge's computer security group. In between, he worked for GE Energy for five years and has just finished a six-month engagement with ABB in their corporate research department. At IOActive, he focuses on Smart Grid and SCADA systems.

Leverett's MP thesis at Cambridge was on the increasing connectivity of industrial systems to the public Internet. He focused on finding the cheapest way to find and visualize these exposures and associated vulnerabilities. He shared the data with ICS-CERT and other CERT teams globally, and presents regularly to academic and government agencies on the security of industrial systems.

In his spare time, Leverett is a circus and magic enthusiast, likes a fine wine or craft-beer.

About IOActive Established in 1998, IOActive is an industry leader that offers comprehensive computer security services with specialisations in smart grid technologies, software assurance, and compliance. Boasting a well-rounded and diverse clientele, IOActive works with a majority of Global 500 companies including power and utility, hardware, retail, financial, media, aerospace, healthcare, high-tech, and software development organizations. As a home for highly skilled and experienced professionals, IOActive attracts talented consultants who contribute to the growing body of security knowledge by speaking at such elite conferences as Black Hat, Ruxcon, Defcon, BlueHat, CanSec, and WhatTheHack. For more information, visit or call +1 (206) 784 4313 (US) or +44 (0) 203 287 3421 (UK).

Craig Brophy Global Public Relations Manager IOActive, Inc.

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