Associate and Director of the DelMarVa office, Michael Papciak, will be giving a presentation on "Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Issues with your SCADA System" at the Lower Susquehanna Source Water Protection Partnership Hybrid Meeting on December 15, 2021.
We interviewed Mike on what to expect from the meeting, his background, and the importance of cybersecurity for SCADA systems.
Q&A with the Speaker: Michael Papciak, Associate, Director of DelMarVa Office
Q: Can you tell us what to expect from this presentation?
A: This presentation will teach the importance of cybersecurity, give a basic understanding of the network equipment used, and how to protect your SCADA system. Recent cyberattacks on infrastructure will also be discussed.
Q: Where and when are you presenting?
A: Wednesday, December 15, 2021, from 9:15-10:30 am. This is a virtual event for the Lower Susquehanna Source Water Protection Partnership. Learn more about the webinar here.
Q: Who should attend this conference?
A: Managers and operators alike should attend to gain better insight into their network and learn how to secure their SCADA systems.
Q: Can you give us a little bit of background on who you are?
A: Mike Papciak, Director of DelMarVA at Keystone Engineering Group, Inc. I graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and Technology in 2003. My career began designing, programming, and starting up VFD control panels mainly for the ski lift and printing industries. I came to Keystone in 2007, where I am involved in all things SCADA. On any given day, I am programming PLC’s and HMI’s both in the office and in the field, troubleshooting field instrumentation and networks, mentoring our newer employees, providing technical assistance, and most recently heading up Keystone’s cybersecurity initiatives.
Q: Why is this topic important to learn more about?
A: Almost every day, there are news stories about cyberattacks. Examples from recent news stories are a ransomware attack (Colonial Pipeline), and someone taking remote control of a SCADA system (Oldsmar Water Treatment Plant). Now more than ever, it is important for people to understand what networking components they have, what connection to the internet means as far as cybersecurity, how to lessen attack risks, and how to be prepared on what to do after an attack occurs.