Dragos appoints new Director for OT CERT program

Dragos, the global leader in cybersecurity for industrial controls systems (ICS)/operational technology (OT) environments, announced the appointment of Dawn Cappelli as OT CERT Director at Dragos. Cappelli will be responsible for launching and leading Dragos’s OT Cyber Emergency Response Team (CERT), an upcoming community resource center that will be available exclusively for industrial asset owners and operators.

Cappelli is a highly respected and globally recognized security leader with extensive expertise in industrial automation and manufacturing. Prior to Dragos, Cappelli served as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Rockwell Automation. There, she was responsible for developing and executing a holistic cybersecurity strategy to protect the company and its Connected Enterprise ecosystem of customers, suppliers, distributors, and partners from the ever-changing global threat landscape. Cappelli came to Rockwell Automation in 2013 as Director, Insider Risk, and built the company’s Insider Risk Program, which was awarded the Global Team Leadership award by the Society of Women Engineers in 2016.

“As a Principal Engineer from the original CERT Coordination Center, the founder of the CERT Insider Threat Center, and Global CISO for the world’s largest industrial and information company, Dawn brings the complete wishlist of experience, insight, and expertise to the community-oriented work that needs to be undertaken to secure industrial organizations around the globe,” said Ben Miller, Vice President, Services, Dragos, Inc. “Dawn’s firsthand knowledge and decades of experience from creating the CERT Insider Threat Center and further applications of that model will help us ensure the implementation of the Dragos OT CERT program lives up to its potential as an invaluable resource for asset owners and operators, including the smaller members of the community that struggle with getting the resources they need.”

Prior to Rockwell Automation, Cappelli was part of the world’s first cybersecurity organization – CERT – born at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI). She was also the Director and Founder of the CERT Insider Threat Center at Carnegie Mellon’s SEI. In addition, she was the Technical Manager of CERT’s Enterprise Threat & Vulnerability Management Team.

“Dragos has been a vocal advocate for the industrial community, and for years I’ve admired the passion and commitment the company puts into helping companies to secure critical infrastructure around the world,” said Cappelli. “I’m looking forward to working with Dragos’s exemplary leadership team to build the new OT CERT into a world-class resource center that serves both Dragos customers and the greater ICS/OT community to bring about better awareness and preparedness for the safety and security of industrial infrastructure. I’m especially excited about the opportunity to provide resources for small and medium-sized companies in protecting their ICS environments.”