When winter comes around, many people head down south to places like Miami to escape the snow, play some golf, and relax on the beach. The weather is the attraction, but on January 10-12, Miami will become a hub for a hot topic beyond just the weather: cybersecurity at the S4x17 ICS Security Conference.

Cisco is a conference sponsor this year and our own Marc Blackmer will be speaking on the topic of Manufacturers Usage Description (MUD). MUD is a proposed standard to align device makers and customers on the activities and communications that connected devices are engaged in to securely set parameters and prevent malicious hacking and the manipulation of the hardware.

As more and more devices become connected, the manufacturing industry and government officials are zeroing in on how to handle security for industrial infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT). How secure are connected devices? What standards are being used to help prevent malicious attacks?

MUD will be just one of the many topics addressed at the conference (you can view the full agenda here). Both IT and OT professionals looking to learn more about ICS security will find value in attending this event. Additionally, the Cisco team of security experts will be available during the conference to discuss how we can support your industrial needs, make recommendations, and help align your security priorities with your business.

We also have a discount code for our customers who are interested in attending the conference. Just leave a comment below, and someone will be in touch with the promo code.

We look forward to seeing you in Miami!

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Eric Ehlers

Marketing Manager

Manufacturing and Energy