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S4x19 January 15-17, 2019


Date: January 15 - 17

Event website: S4x19

"S4 is the largest gathering of ICS security talent in the world, offering 3 days on 3 stages of fresh, high quality ICS security content and also boasts the world’s most competitive and advanced ICS Capture The Flag (CTF) competition.”


SecurityMatters is a S4x19 CTF sponsor! Come see us in the CTF arena to try to capture as many flags as possible. Whether this is your job or your hobby, you'll have fun. Our flags will embody the traditional CTF spirit, but with an educational twist. The plan is to create an environment that’s as realistic as possible for an authentic view of the industrial control systems that are running our world today. Contestants should look at this as a way to expand their hacking capabilities and get ready to think outside the box. 

We will also demonstrate some capabilities that a blue teamer (ICS security analyst) might want when defending their ICS network by incorporating SilentDefense to monitor parts of the network during the CTF. The visuals from SilentDefense will also allow the audience to see the progress being made in real-time. 

Read Dale Peterson's full write-up about the live visualization of the S4x19 CTF here.

Cabana Sessions

During the cabana sessions, there will be some special cabana-session-only flags for CTF competitors, so don't forget to stop by and see us!

We will also be raffling off an Oculus Go. Leave a business card for your chance to win!

Speaking Sessions

Elisa Costante, CTO, will give a live demonstration on vulnerabilities in Building Automation Systems Tuesday, January 15th at 2:15 PM on Stage 2. Don’t miss it! 

Persisting in Level 1...The Building Is Alive

This session will identify new vulnerabilities in well known Building Automation System components, as well as the state of the existing code bases in that sector. She will give a demonstration on how an attacker would persist on Level 1 and hide traces of the attack and exploitation from the OT team and even an incident response team. Given the need to pre-stage attacks and persist, this will become increasingly important as detection improves.

Dennis Murphy, Director of OT Technical Support, will give our sponsor stage presentation on Thursday, January 17th at 10:45 AM. He will join some of today’s leading ICS asset owners who are achieving their organizational goals with the help of ICS security monitoring. 

Actions Not Words: A Candid Conversation with Asset Owners About Their ICS Cybersecurity Programs

Talking about ICS security is easy; taking active measures to improve your ICS security posture is another story. Hear from actual asset owners who will share their candid perspectives, views, and benefits realized from implementing ICS network security monitoring in their organizations. Monitoring your control system communications isn’t a best practice that is going away. It’s a critical capability of any ICS cybersecurity program, which also provides an organization with new levels of business intelligence and reliability.