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IAS 2020 - Industrial Automation & Security Belgium
Tuesday 21 April 2020, 10:30am - 06:00pm
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To facilitate and ensure open discussions (Chatham House Rules), attendance is restricted to Manufacturing Companies, Critical Infrastructure Operators, IT / OT Security Managers, Plant / Production / Process Managers, Industrial Control Systems [Security] Experts and Members from LSEC, Flanders’ FOOD, Connected Factories, 3IF and Trinity. If you feel that you fit the profile and can contribute to the discussions but did not receive a personal invitation, please request your access code via the event registration page.

IAS - Belgium's Leading Event in Industrial Automation Security

IAS was established for organizations that are involved in industrial- based process automation and control. Due to the constant evolution of control processes and automation systems, as well as their underlying platforms on which they operate, each day new possibilities are discovered that could pose serious security risks to those systems. Further automation (smart factories, internet of things, industrial internet) has led to an increase of targeted attacks on industrial systems. For the proper functioning of business it is important to evaluate the potential risks, assess them, and take proper counter measures, and this is what we aim to cover at IAS

IAS 2020 | Preliminary Agenda:

1. Security requirements, legislation, developing a cybersecurity plan for industrial environments

  • Security requirements for industrial automation and manufacturing, industrial control systems and cybersecurity, an analyst perspective | collaboration between LSEC and ARC Web, by Ulrich Seldeslachts and Thomas Menze

  • Developing a Cybersecurity plan for Industrial Environments considering digital transformation | Dieter Sarrazyn, industrial cybersecurity expert and founder at Secudea

  • Impact of the NIS Directive on Industrial Companies | Vincent Haerinck, industrial cyber security leader, Toreon: On July 6, 2018 the NIS (Network and Information System) Directive was enacted as the first EU-wide legislation that provides measures to boost security across the region. Under the law, operators of essential services are required to abide by the requirements of the new regulations, aimed to strengthen the security of critical infrastructures and allied information systems. While the NIS Directive’s requirements will be familiar to IT departments, they are likely to present new challenges for operational technology (OT) teams. In addition, traditional tools used in IT environments will lack the core capabilities to monitor and provide visibility into proprietary ICS devices. During his talk, Vincent will elaborate on the current state of affairs on NIS and its implementation in Belgium, the impact on companies that are subjected, and how companies can best address these requirements. Vincent will demonstrate the practical implications based on an [ anonymized ] implementation by Toreon.

2. Targeted attacks, Detection & Prevention, Security Operations & Incident Response 

  • Ransomware and targeted attacks on industrial networks | Ulrich Seldeslachts, CEO at LSEC: A ransomware attack will encrypt data to render it illegible. Recent developments in Belgium have once more confirmed that the consequences for industrial victims can be huge for operations of industrial facilities that need to be permanently in operation. In addition to this, some of these facilities can also include systems that form part of countries’ critical national infrastructure.

  • Security Operations for Industrial Networks : best practices | Olivier Vandelaer, Director ICS Cybersecurity at Engie-Laborelec

  • Incident Response Use Case: TITRON Attack & Framework on Industrial Control Systems | Rob Caldwell, Senior Manager – ICS/OT Security at Mandiant Consulting [ USA ]: Mandiant responded to an incident at a critical infrastructure organization where an attacker deployed malware designed to manipulate industrial safety systems. The targeted systems provided emergency shutdown capability for industrial processes. Mandiant assessed with moderate confidence that the attacker was developing the capability to cause physical damage and inadvertently shutdown operations. This malware, which we call TRITON, is an attack framework built to interact with Triconex Safety Instrumented System (SIS) controllers. Mandiant tracked the development back to [ most likely ] Russian Government-Owned Lab that built custom intrusion tools for TRITON Attackers.

  • Detecting rogues and mitigating cracks | Robbert Verdonck, Director at Nozomi Networks

  • End Point protection and network intrusion detection, protecting against ransomwares and advanced threats | Peter Magez, SentinelOne

  • Next Generation System Current and Future Industrial Automation with Agile Security Development | Phoenix Contact, PLC Next

3. Security Challenges and opportunities for Smart Factories

  • Introducing the S3FOOD Project and the open call to support European food companies and technology providers in their secure digital transformation | Bart Van Damme, Innovation Manager at Flanders’ FOOD

  • Security Challenges for Smart Factories | Trend Micro

  • The Current State of Industrial IoT Devices Security and actions for Vendors, users and authorities | Zahra Khani, Founder & CEO of Firmalyzer

Practical Details & Registration:


IAS2020 - Belgium's leading event in Industrial Automation Security
Tuesday, april 21nd, 2020
Nederzwijnaarde 2
9052 Gent, Belgium


  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Critical Infrastructure Operators
  • IT / OT Security Managers
  • Plant / Production / Process Managers
  • Industrial Control Systems [Security] Experts
  • Members from LSEC, Flanders’ FOOD, Connected Factories, 3IF, Trinity

Registration- Request your Access Code: Do you fit the profile but did you not receive an invite from the Event Partners? Please request your access code via the event registration page.

IAS 2020 Partners

LSEC Leaders in Security:
LSEC is an internationally renowned Information security cluster bringing together professional end users, industry, research and government in Collaboration Projects, working groups and thought leadership events. It is a not for profit association focused on exchanging expertise and promoting Information Security in Belgium, The Netherlands, UK, France, Germany and the rest of Europe

Phoenix Contact: Phoenix Contact develops and manufactures industrial automation, interconnection and interface solutions that offers terminal blocks and relays. Phoenix Contact is a globally present, Germany-based market leader. The group is synonymous with future-oriented components, systems, and solutions in the fields of electrical engineering, electronics, and automation.

S3FOOD Project, supporting European food companies and technology providers in their industry 4.0 ambitions: S3FOOD stands for "Smart Sensor Systems for Food safety, quality control and resource efficiency in the food processing industry". From this EU supported project, EUR 3.9 million is available to support European small and medium-sized food companies and technology providers. They can submit projects together via two open calls and receive a budget of up to € 60,000 per SME to purchase knowledge, technology, advice, etc. The first call opens 19th of February! Flanders Food with other S3FOOD partners can guide you to develop your ideas, help you find the right partner and support you in submitting a project. Keep in touch with the project and sign up for the newsletter via

Connected Factories: The ‘digitisation of manufacturing’ connects people, devices, machines and enterprises, and includes concepts such as 'Industrial Internet', 'digital manufacturing platforms' and the 'Internet of Things' (IoT). The ConnectedFactories project establishes a structured overview of available and upcoming technological approaches and best practices. The project identifies present and future needs, as well as challenges, of the manufacturing industries. The project will explore pathways to the digital integration and interoperability of manufacturing systems and processes (“future visions”). Hence, ConnectedFactories will enhance the awareness among companies of the use of digital technologies in the manufacturing sector, but also equip them with knowledge to make informed decisions regarding technology and business model choices. It will reinforce the European manufacturing industries’ position in the international scene. Within Connected Factories LSEC leads the activities related to the cyber security risks that are involved and how to support innovation by counter measuring these risks.

Flanders’ FOOD is a unique, strategy-driven platform for the facilitation of innovation, thereby contributing to a more competitive, innovative and sustainable agrifood industry. Flanders’ FOOD levers the innovation capacity of the agrifood companies by enhancing their scientific and technological knowledge by means of an integrated approach of knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination and partner matching. This way Flanders’ FOOD also contributes to the economic and social development of the Flanders region.

3IF.BE: 3IF supports the automation industry at large and manufacturers in particular, to seize the opportunity from digital transformation and the utilization of Industrial Internet developments. helps companies transforming into Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet companies by utilizing Sensors, Big Data and IoT considering its practical implications on the factory floor. It Identifies the relevance, urgency, benefits and adoption level of IIoT Solutions for business, and develops innovation plans to achieve goals in becoming factories of the future and to enable cost reduction and quality improvement

TRINITY DIH, A network of digital innovation hubs in Advanced Robotics: The main objective of TRINITY is to create a network of digital innovation hubs (DIHs) composed of Research Centers and University Groups specialized in Advanced Robotics and Internet of Things (IoT), supported by a DIH with experts in Robotics Cyber security to contribute to novel robotics solutions that will increase agility in production. Trinity has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825196


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