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Protecting Industrial Cyber Ecosystems

Protecting Industrial Cyber Ecosystems

Update: 2021-01-21


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

A system is only as secure as its weakest point. In this episode of Risk Matters X.0, we discuss cyber ecosystems with Wärtsilä, examining the advantages and vulnerabilities that support connectivity. 

“The ecosystem in the marine environment is a very populated space,” says Eric Schreiber, General Manager for New Technologies at Wärtsilä. “There are a lot of hands in the pot, and not everyone has cybersecurity expertise.” 

“There are a million things that can be taken into account when you are operating your vessel, and those come from IT and OT systems that expand far beyond the vessel ecosystem,” adds Christopher Stein, Cybersecurity Expert at Wärtsilä.

Need more cyber expertise? Revisit our Cyber Risk Series: 

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, Brittney Warrick  and Daniel Fischer, Digital Communications at ABS Group









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