Dale Peterson secures industrial control systems (ICS). For over 15 years he has been on the leading/bleeding edge helping security conscious asset owners effectively and efficiently manage risk to their critical assets. He has pioneered numerous ICS security tools and techniques, such as the first intrusion detection signatures for ICS that are now in every commercial product. In 2007 Dale created the S4 Events to showcase the best offensive and defensive work in ICS security and build a community. S4 is now the largest and most advanced ICS event in the world. Dale is constantly pushing and prodding the ICS community to move faster and get better.
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In 1984 Dale Peterson joined the NSA as a cryptanalyst, a codebreaker. After 6 years that he can talk little about, he moved to the commercial network security industry. In the 90’s Dale focused on banking and financial cyber security. He worked in leading companies developing ATM processing, wholesale banking, electronic funds transfer software and hardware in a variety of roles including engineering, algorithm and protocol design, service, marketing and sales, and even as President of a public company. This diverse experience helps a great deal in understanding a client’s business and security requirements.
In 1998, Dale Peterson founded the security consulting firm Digital Bond, and he became aware of SCADA in 2000 in an assessment of a very large water system (who is still a client). In the past 17 years Dale has helped secure 100’s of companies ICS in every sector … oil/gas, electric, water, manufacturing, mining, building automation, … and now IIoT/Industrie 4.0. Most of the clients are large organizations with 10’s or 100’s of ICS that are creating and improving ICS security programs, and most have been clients for 5 or more years.
In 2007 Dale created the S4 conference because there was no event where Digital Bond research could be presented to an audience that understands it. It has grown from a 2-day, 35 person event to 3 days on 3 stages and 300+ people each January in Miami South Beach. It is the event that draws the bleeding edge content and the influencers who determine where the ICS community is going in the future. There is now an S4xEurope
Dale is an internationally-renowned ICS security technologist and is responsible for a large amount of the available technical ICS security content. In addition to his widely read SCADA security blog, Dale has written two Protection Profiles for NIST’s PCSRF, many whitepapers, magazine articles and presentations.