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Fortifying Cyber Resilience in Manufacturing

PACCAR's Markarian and PNNL's Cochran Discuss Operational Readiness and Response
Chuck Markarian, CISO, PACCAR, and Jerry Cochran, deputy CIO, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - both CyberEdBoard members

Manufacturing is a major target of attacks against critical infrastructure, and cyber resilience is now essential for ensuring operational continuity. Chuck Markarian, CISO, PACCAR, emphasized the need for educating executives on their roles in cyber resilience, ensuring they understand the risks and are prepared to make informed decisions.

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Echoing Markarian, Jerry Cochran, deputy CIO, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, highlighted the need for collaborative efforts between technical and nontechnical teams to effectively address cyber risks.

According to Cochran, the rise of ransomware underscores the need for robust resilience strategies. "The biggest thing that ransomware did is force us to take a look at our resiliency and our business continuance and disaster recovery," he said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at the Cybersecurity Implications of AI Summit, Markarian and Cochran also discussed:

  • Adopting an "assume breach" perspective to detect, respond and recover from cyber incidents;
  • The benefits of tabletop exercises in preparing for cyber incidents;
  • Prioritizing critical systems and establishing clear communication channels during crisis situations.

As PACCAR's CISO, Markarian is responsible for strategy, investigations, forensics work, policy and procedure creation and review, security risk assessments, and project management. He is a member of the CyberEdBoard.

At PNNL, Cochran oversees cybersecurity, the office of the CISO, enterprise IT engineering and operations. He has worked in government and the private sector and has more than 30 years of experience in technology and more than 25 years in cybersecurity, working in startups and for industry leaders such as Compaq/HP, Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Defense. Cochran is a CyberEdBoard member.

About the Author

Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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