Today’s threats are a result of hybrid attacks targeting both physical and cyber assets. The adoption and integration of devices have led to an increasingly interconnected mesh of cyber-physical systems (CPS), which expands the attack surface and blurs the once clear functions of cybersecurity and physical security. Meanwhile, efforts to build cyber resilience and accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies can also introduce or exacerbate security risks in this evolving threat landscape.
Together, cyber and physical assets represent a significant amount of risk to physical security and cybersecurity— each can be targeted, separately or simultaneously, to result in compromised systems and/or infrastructure. Yet physical security and cybersecurity divisions are often still treated as separate entities. When security leaders operate in these siloes, they lack a holistic view of security threats targeting their enterprise. As a result, attacks are more likely to occur and can lead to impacts such as exposure of sensitive or proprietary information, economic damage, loss of life, and disruption of business critical functions.
Convergence is formal collaboration between previously disjointed security functions. Organizations with converged cybersecurity and physical security functions are more resilient and better prepared to identify, prevent, mitigate, and respond to threats. Convergence also encourages information sharing and developing unified security policies across security divisions.
(CYBERSECURITY AND PHYSICAL SECURITY CONVERGENCE)
Shawn Geib is the Director of Security for Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T) which operates the Kansas City National Security Campus for the NNSA, under a prime contract for the U.S. Department of Energy. FM&T has approximately 5,200 associates and is one of the largest employers in Kansas City. FM&T also employs approximately 350 associates in New Mexico.
He oversees the development, implementation, and execution of all aspects of Physical, Information, and Cyber Security functions for numerous sites spanning multiple states. To include: strategic planning, customer interface, budget management, and leadership of effective security operations that mitigate Honeywell FM&Ts risks and liabilities to facilitate execution of Honeywell FM&Ts missions.
Shawn holds a Masters of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), & Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, ICS and NIMS Certified, and a Lean Expert. Shawn has been with Honeywell for 12 years. In that time he has utilized his more than 20 years of leadership, law enforcement and security experience in the various security roles he has held. Shawn is also a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving both CONUS and OCONUS. He has been named Security Manager of the year for NNSA and DOE and Forty under 40 by Ingram’s.
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