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35 minutes | Oct 10, 2022
Staying safe: How to combat growing cyberthreats
December 9, 2021, is a day that is etched into Natalia Oropeza’s memory. It all started with some initial reports of a dangerous security vulnerability known as Log4j. The following days were shaped by a race against hackers who were determined to exploit this vulnerability that particularly affected OT and critical infrastructure around the world. The Siemens’ Chief Cybersecurity Officer explains in our podcast series “Securing Digitalization” just how a Siemens task force was able to avert a disaster. Even though the team won the race, Oropeza still sees room for improvement. For instance, she says cybersecurity should be integrated into all links in supply chains – work that Siemens is actively doing as part of the Charter of Trust. Nonetheless, she thinks that Siemens is well positioned: Cybersecurity is an integral part of the new Siemens Xcelerator platform and will be built into many Siemens products.
20 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
Perfect fit and proven: Cybersecurity for Industry
The threat of cyberattacks is growing – and many companies are ill-prepared to address the cyberrisks they face. “The number of cyberattacks is constantly increasing,” warns Michael Metzler (VP Horizontal Management Cybersecurity). The topic of IT and OT convergence is another major challenge that our customers must overcome. Siemens is a leader in cybersecurity products and services and can provide the expertise that customers need. In our podcast series, Michael Metzler describes how the Horizontal Team draws on Digital Industries’ portfolio to create a secure overall solution for customers.In an interview with Andreas Kleinschmidt, the expert explains what customers can expect from Siemens DI in terms of cybersecurity.
23 minutes | Aug 18, 2022
Trust needs Cybersecurity: Financing Models of the Future
It was a time filled with drama: Just before Christmas 2021, a security vulnerability called Log4j kept cybersecurity experts on tenterhooks around the world. Including those at Siemens. Stefan Ludwig, the Chief Cybersecurity Officer at Siemens Financial Services, was in the middle of the action. In our podcast series, Ludwig explains how his team overcame the threat. In the conversation with moderator Andreas Kleinschmidt, he also talks about the cybersecurity challenges that the financial industry in particular faces and about the security measures that will play a key role in the future.
21 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
Being a little paranoid: Cryptography in times of Quantum Computers
Cryptographically relevant quantum computers are still a pipe dream. But security experts can already assure us that once these super computers are up and running, they’ll be able to effortlessly slip past today’s encryption mechanisms. But there’s no need to worry just yet, say Hans Aschauer and Fabrizio De Santis in the latest installment of our cybersecurity podcast. The cryptography experts from Siemens’ corporate research organization are working on encryption systems that even quantum computers will be unable to crack. They are also supporting the development of practical standards and methods to deploy quantum-safe encryption to Siemens products during this post-quantum era. And they’re working as quickly as possible to ensure that today’s data will remain secure tomorrow.
27 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
Keeping trains on track – and hackers out!
Just who wants to have a hacker seize control of a train racing down the tracks? No one – except maybe the hacker and his shady comrades in crime. Digitalization can make such nightmare scenarios possible. Just like other technical innovations, digitalization involves risks. When it comes to rail operations – a part of our critical infrastructure – steps must be taken to prevent such incidents.Is train travel safe? Yes, says Helen Negre, an expert for cybersecurity in the rail industry at Siemens in the United States. Manufacturers like Siemens and strict standards ensure that passengers can travel worry-free. In the podcast, Negre joins Marta Garcia of the European rail industry association UNIFE and discusses about another issue that is close to her heart: How can women gain respect in the male-dominated rail industry, and how can teams become more diverse?
28 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
My Home is my Castle: Cybersecuring Buildings
A house that threatens its occupants – that’s simply the stuff of horror movies, Alina Matyukhina says. But: You better watch out. Hackers could seize control by slipping into the control systems of the increasingly complex and networked building technology. The cybersecurity expert at Siemens Smart Infrastructure works to ensure that such attacks never happen. In an interview with moderator Andreas Kleinschmidt, Matyukhina discusses in the first installment of our podcast series called Securing Digitalization ways that buildings can be made secure for decades and the Siemens products that can be used to fend off hackers.
29 minutes | Nov 25, 2021
The Importance of Supply Chain Security
Today, all supply chains have a digital and that means, a cybersecurity component. Software solutions especially are made up of a variety of proprietary and open-source components and have to be secured against cyberattacks. That’s why it’s not just important that all companies involved stay vigilant and implement approbate security measures: they also all need to cooperate closely with each other, as any chain, as we know, is only as strong as its weakest link – as Natalia Oropeza, Mirko Ross and our episode’ guest and Supply Chain expert Rafi Yahalom from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) know.
29 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Cybersecurity for Trains
Who’d wish for a hacker having a train’s controls at their fingertips? Nobody – except for that hacker and other like-minded bad actors. What makes such a nightmare scenario possible is, of course, digitalization. As it transforms our lives, it is also a key part of today´s railways, and it makes it safer, more efficient, and convenient for both passengers and train operators. At the same time, digital systems expose railways to cybersecurity risks, so we need to take care that they are minimized as much as possible. Not an easy task: They are as versatile and dynamic as the whole digital world we live in. But luckily, that hacker up to no good has a counterpart, a team of cybersecurity experts that are attuned to this challenge – and meet it every day.
43 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
How do we protect Intellectual Property from Cyber-Theft?
Intellectual Property (IP) is among a company’s most valuable assets. And since it’s so valuable, many people are unsurprisingly after it – be it by stealing valuable data and/or infringing upon patent rights. So industry has a good reason to be concerned about and be obsessed with protecting IP – in court as well as with a solid cyber defense.
16 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Why Belonging transforms Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity teams cannot be cut from one cloth alone. They need to bring different experiences, talents, perspectives, mindsets and resumes to the table, because only from a diversity of ideas and proposals can they create solutions that can cope with the threat landscape we face. But what does that mean in detail? Siemens CCSO Natalia Oropeza, Mirko Ross and Tyler Cohen Wood, internationally recognized Cybersecurity Expert from the US, have the answer.
35 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Why Cybersecurity needs a Regulatory Framework
We currently have a patchwork of regulations and standards. And this variety doesn’t help. In order to promote cybersecurity regionally and globally, it´s paramount to establish compatible international cybersecurity regulation and common standards. Without such a guiding framework, cybersecurity cannot be effective – and that, in turn, increases cyber risks. But not to worry – help is on the way. Siemens CCSO Natalia Oropeza and Cybersecurity expert Mirko Ross show how – together with Evangelos Ouzounis, head of Policy Development and Implementation Unit at the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA).
14 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Cybercrime and Ransomware Attacks
Cybercriminals want your money – and their favorite weapon of choice are ransomware attacks. It’s a multi-billion-dollar business, going after industry, municipalities, service providers – and among the latter hospitals and healthcare providers, which have been targeted even during the pandemic. As repulsive as these actions are, there is no need for you to become a victim, too. In this podcast, Natalia Oropeza, Siemens’ Chief Cybersecurity Officer, and cybersecurity expert Mirko Ross, talk about the most common patterns of these attacks – e.g., they mostly take place on the weekend or during the holidays. And with the help of guest expert Steffen Stang, responsible for products at Siemens Digital Industries, they give sound advice on how to protect yourself and your company.
16 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
It sounds like a dystopian sci-fi flick: An army of bots attacks you and leaves you utterly paralyzed, or, possibly just as worse, uses you to attack someone else. That’s what botnet attacks do: They hijack millions of IoT-devices such as routers, computers, smartphones and launch malicious attacks – on whatever their dark master tells them to do. In this podcast, Natalia Oropeza, Siemens’ Chief Cybersecurity Officer, and cybersecurity expert Mirko Ross, talk about these nasty armies. And with the help of guest expert William Dixon, responsible for Cybersecurity at the World Economic Forum, they lay out various ways of how to combat this threat.
15 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Online Crime is a Business
You’ve got mail! Someone sends you a message and poses as a friend or colleague and otherwise appears to know quite a bit about you – and encourages you to engage in a conversation, click on a link or open a document. Well: Don´t! Most cyberattacks start with email and social engineering attacks are the most insidious among these mail attacks. To tell you about how to defend your company against this threat and what to do if someone breached your network, here are Natalia Oropeza, Siemens’ Chief Cybersecurity Officer, and cybersecurity expert Mirko Ross, talking about various aspects of social engineering attacks. Hans Wallinger, Chief Technologist for Cyber Defense at Siemens, also chimes in give insights into Siemens’ approach towards cybersecurity.
19 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Fighting Digital Sabotage
You sure don´t want this to happen, yet, it can – at least in theory: cybercriminals getting access to your factory and shutting it down. So to avoid a catastrophe, it may help to brush up one’s cybersecurity credentials. Here are Natalia Oropeza, Siemens’ Chief Cybersecurity Officer, and cybersecurity expert Mirko Ross discussing various measures such as ‘Defense in depth’ or the role of AI for industrial cybersecurity. And as knowledgeable as these two are, they may not know everything. That’s why it’s fortunate that Klaus Lukas from Siemens’ ProductCert (Product Computer Emergency Response Team), is at hand to talk about the role the global community of cybersecurity researchers has for industry.
18 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Cybersecurity in times of Covid-19
No, no, despite our clear views on the matter, it’s still not over. The pandemic is alive and well, and we all have to deal it. In this – our premier – episode of the Siemens Cybersecurity Podcast, Siemens’ Chief Cybersecurity Officer Natalia Oropeza and Cybersecurity expert Mirko Ross discuss what work is like during Corona, how Siemens has handled an increased number of attacks during Covid-19, the challenges of complexity, and other Cybersecurity lessons learned during this time. Last but not least, as a special guest we have Christian Dameff, Medical Director of Cybersecurity at the University of California San Diego, who informs us on the intersection of Cybersecurity and patient safety.
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