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Dale Peterson

S4 Founder

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.

Early Career

In 1984 Dale Peterson graduated from the University of Illinois and 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 securing wholesale banking, ATM processing, and 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 NASDAQ company.

Starting Digital Bond and Finding SCADA

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 SCADA system (who is still a client). He was thrilled by working with computer systems, applications and networks that actually controlled physical processes, and quickly realized they needed a lot of cybersecurity help.

In the past 17 years Dale has helped secure 100’s of companies’ industrial control systems (ICS) in every sector … oil/gas, electric, water, manufacturing, mining, building automation, … and now IIoT/Industrie 4.0. Most of Dale’s 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+ years.

Creator and Program Chair of S4 Events

In 2007 Dale created the S4 Conference because there was no event where Digital Bond ICS security 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.

S4 is the event that draws advanced content and the influencers who determine where the ICS community is going in the future. There is now an S4xEurope Conference in Vienna, Austria in early June. Dale spends about 50% of his time developing the agenda for the S4 Events and making the video content available on the S4 Events YouTube Channel.

ICS Security Research

Dale Peterson and the Digital Bond team are responsible for groundbreaking ICS security research. Since Digital Bond does not sell any products, the results were made available and have been integrated into most security products with an ICS capability.  Three examples:

  • Dale developed the world’s first set of ICS intrusion detection signatures. These have been integrated into almost all commercial and open source ICS.
  • Project Redpoint code enumerated ICS/IoT components and have been integrated into Shodan and most vulnerability scanners.
  • Project Basecamp shined a spotlight on the insecure by design problem in PLC/RTU/Controllers and led to the development of a next generation more secure product.

Dale continues to work closely with the ICS security research community and highlight the best work at S4 Events.

Industry Evangelist

Dale frequently keynotes and speaks at security events and ICS/IoT events around the world.

He has over 1000 articles on ICS from his long running blog at www.digitalbond.com. Now Dale focuses his writing on Medium and LinkedIn, in addition to the Digital Bond site.

In addition to his widely read SCADA security blog, Dale has written two ICS Protection Profiles for NIST’s PCSRF and participated in the development of numerous ICS security standards.

Family and Fun

When not at a client site, Dale splits his time between Maui, Park City and Tokyo. If you are visiting any of those places, let Dale know.

Skiing, hiking and anything that gets him on a mountain recharges the energy. Machine learning is his current technical passion.

Dale’s wife and daughter are Japanese, and he continues the struggle to learn the language.

My Sessions

Aurora 10 Years Later: Progress, Failure & What Remains to be Learned

Main Stage

In 2007 CNN showed compelling video of a cyber attack causing physical damage to a 2.25MW turbine generator. A cyber attack damaging expensive and important physical equipment. The demonstration was funded by the US Department of Homeland Security and performed by Idaho National Labs. Ten years after Aurora, we bring together some of the key […]

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OT Secure Operations Center (SOC) or Enterprise SOC

Main Stage

Detection and response are two security functions receiving a growing amount of attention and funding. This panel will debate: should asset owners deploy a SOC specialized and dedicated to ICS / OT / IoT or should this be integrated into an enterprise SOC. One proponent on each side and Dale moderating. The debate will quickly […]

Detection & Response Panel / Debate
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ICS Detection Challenge – Phase II Detection Results

Main Stage

The results from Phase II will be announced, and the winning teams from Phase I and Phase II will be invited on the Main Stage for an award ceremony and interview. A second set of PCAP files will be presented to contestants on Thursday morning. These PCAP files will include a variety of new communication […]

Detection & Response
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S4x18 Closing Panel

Main Stage

The second year of this tradition with Dale Peterson have a casual and frank conversation with Ralph Langner and Zach Tudor. What did we learn at S4? What surprised us? What are we not talking about that we need to focus on? Your questions.

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Iatrogenics: Harm Done By The Healer

Main Stage

Iatrogenics (harm caused by the healer) is most tied to medicine, but it should also be considered with ICS security controls. What if a security control actually increases risk of an outage or catastrophe? The panelists will debate how to evaluate if the introduction of a security control or OT component (intervention) impacts the risk […]

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Media Panel – Finding & Reporting News While Avoiding FUD

Main Stage

How often have you been called by the COO or Board to explain an ICS hacking story in the media … and asked “will it affect us”? The media has an impact on ICS security, potentially positive and negative, and S4x18 has two of the most respected and experienced reporters in this area on stage […]

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Welcome To S4 And Mini-Keynote

Main Stage

Dale Peterson, the S4x18 Program Chair, will kick off the event with a welcome and a short keynote that introduces the theme, approach and goals for S4x18.

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An Interview With Daniel Geer

Main Stage

Daniel Geer has read his keynotes at almost every major security event in the world. We are proud to have an on-stage interview with Dan at S4x18. Dale will scour his writings and dive into his thoughts on ICS and IoT security. S4x18 attendees will have the chance to submit questions and up-vote those to […]

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ICS Venture Capital Panel

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VC and Angel investors have been poring money, from $1M to $40M, into startups looking to sell security products to the ICS and IoT sectors. How do they decide to invest in a market segment, sector or product/service category? How do they analyze the opportunity? What are they looking from the potential startup or early […]

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ICS Detection Challenge: Phase I Identification Results

Main Stage

The ICS Detection Challenge is an objective test of the growing class of passive ICS detection solutions in the market. This session will announce the results and provide details on the Phase I – Identification. The contestants will be provided with pcap files from span ports on a number of ICS switches and tasked with […]

Detection & Response
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Securing ICS Protocols Debate: Wrap It In TLS or Purpose Built ICS Protocols

Main Stage

Many of the most popular ICS protocols are addressing their lack of encryption and authentication, including Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP and a version of OPC UA, by wrapping the protocol in TLS. There are pro’s and con’s to this approach, and they will be debated on the stage. – Does adding security to legacy protocols make […]

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