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Cyber in the Digital Age

Cyber in the Digital Age

Update: 2020-11-20


This episode is part one in a series of conversations with Wärtsilä’s cybersecurity and new technology leaders. 

Let’s talk digitalization and cyber risk. In this episode of Risk Matters X.0, we welcome Wärtsilä to discuss increasing connectivity as a major concern for cybersecurity in the digital age.

"As connectivity increases, so does cyber risk," – Ian Bramson, Head of Cybersecurity at ABS Group. 

"We are already living in this digital, ultra-connected world and times. After 2020, we'll be even more connected and doing activities even more remotely. There are already discussions about 'zero trust' in the OT industry, and 'what about 5G,' and all the upcoming new technologies. I think the cadence or speed of security in the industrial control and OT world is becoming quicker and faster," – Päivi Brunou, General Manager of Cybersecurity at Wärtsilä Voyage.

"I think the greatest hurdle is human behavior, having everyone understand the importance of what is needed to make the asset secure," Eric Schreiber, General Manager for New Technologies at Wärtsilä.

Continue listening to a leading OEM's perspective and revisit the full Cyber Risk Series at

About the Guest:

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

About the Host:

Ian Bramson heads the global cybersecurity organization at ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group), an affiliate of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), where he works closely with senior executives across the maritime sector to help minimize their cyber security risks. For over 20 years, Ian has helped organizations adapt to their digital environments and solve business challenges related to industrial cybersecurity, risk management and digital transformation. He has built successful companies, global sales organizations and cybersecurity programs across multiple industries. Ian is a recognized thought leader and market developer in the emerging threat landscape of attacks on industrial operations and critical infrastructure. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and English from Cornell University.

ABS Group ( provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions, including industrial cybersecurity services, to help clients reduce risk and confirm the safety, integrity, quality and efficiency of their critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals in over 20 countries serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government and industrial sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, one of the world's leading marine and offshore classification societies.

Produced by Nancy Dunnahoe and Daniel Fischer, Digital Communications at ABS Group









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