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ONG-ISAC ONG-ISAC and Accenture Webinar

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July 22, 2021 11:00 am - 12:15 pmAmerica/Chicago

ONG-ISAC and Accenture Webinar

ONG-ISAC and Accenture present:

Title: Chinese & Iranian Threats to Energy

CPE Credit: 1.25 hours

Abstract: As China released its 14th Five Year Economic Development Strategy in March 2021, the country has established new targets for increasing energy efficiency, reducing the share of fossil fuels in energy consumption and carbon emissions, and ensuring energy security by promoting self-sufficiency. However, these energy-related goals may conflict with harsh economic and social realities. China’s economic recovery from COVID-19 and the goal of doubling the country’s GDP by 2035 will likely still depend on an energy-intensive development model. This presentation contextualizes Chinese cyber threat activities and China’s strategic priorities affecting energy to understand the TTPs, motives and trends of China-origin threat campaigns targeting the energy sector.

Speaker: Mei Danowski

Bio: Mei Danowski is a Security Manager in Accenture Cyber Threat Intelligence (ACTI). She focuses on East Asia cyber threat analysis, including actors, behaviors, motivations and trends, to contextualizes threat activity’s impact on businesses so they can enable decision-making for effective defense and response. Mei is a board member of RSA Conference Security Scholar program. She holds an MS in Management of Secure Information Systems from George Mason University. Mei has previously spoken at RSA Conference Asia Pacific & Japan, CodeBlue Tokyo, and REVULN 19Q4 Hong Kong.

Abstract: Accenture Cyber Threat Intelligence (ACTI) observed that financially motivated activity, including ransomware activity, continued to increase in 2020. The healthcare and public health sectors, as well as other critical infrastructure sectors like energy and utilities, remain attractive targets to cyber adversaries. Additionally, disruptive ransomware attacks continue to be initiated, with possible state influence in targeting due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. US officials issued warnings in July 2020 of nation-state threats to US critical physical and political infrastructure entities. This presentation will discuss Iranian cyber threat activity within the Energy sector. During this presentation Wilson will explore Iranian interests in the energy sector.

Speaker: Anthony Wilson

Bio: Anthony Wilson is the Team lead for Accenture Cyberthreat Intelligence (ACTI)’s Strategic and Industry Analysis (SIA) team and has been with Accenture since 2020. Anthony has 30 years of CIA and Foreign Service experience, much of it focused on China, but also including the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Expertise in HUMINT, SIGINT, Asian policy issues, programmatic management, risk management, counterintelligence, and security. Extensive experience working with DoD and federal law enforcement. Chinese specialist and Marine Force Reconnaissance veteran.