Vice President- AD&S
Frost & Sullivan
United Kingdom

Aman Pannu leads the Aerospace, Defence and Security team at Frost & Sullivan in Europe. Aman has a diverse background working across India, Australia and the United Kingdom in business operations, with the last 12 years focusing on market research and consulting in the AD&S domain. Aman is an experienced AD&S consultant and programme director advising industry and end-user stakeholders on the impact of evolving CONOPS and technologies in the Defence and Security sector. Aman, along with his team focuses on analysing the impact of changing end-user preferences and requirements and the evolution of the supply chain and associated technologies to identify growth opportunities in the sector.

Presentation: The Role of Converged Security in Protecting CNI against the Faceless Enemy

The most significant threat is no longer threats to human lives or property from physical attacks—rather the threat lies in more covert warfare tactics, including cyber-attacks and attacks that can cripple, obstruct, or destroy operations within critical infrastructure facilities, such as utility companies, mass transportation systems, airports, ports, land borders and maritime and oil & gas plants.

Frost & Sullivan research indicates that the global Critical National Infrastructure security market is expected to grow to $62.60 billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 7.90% with cyber security technology being the most crucial technology segment poised to grow faster than the overall security market at a CAGR of 12.67%.

The cyber security market will be driven by an increase in the growth of emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and cloud network adoption which will give a push for collaboration between CNI control firms and cyber security solution suppliers to bridge the gap between Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT). E.g. oil major firm Saudi Aramco and Raytheon have recently declared to form a cybersecurity joint-venture to increase cyber protection for the firm’s suppliers, customers and affiliates.

In 2019, there will a growing dependency on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automation and Machine Learning to deploy behavioural analytics solutions to effectively detect attacks. Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and SCADA systems, that connect multiple devices together, are identified as the vulnerable and are going to place critical national infrastructure at risk. Threat actors who want to target ICS/SCADA to cripple critical infrastructure are actively engaged in research and creating backdoor pivot points to facilitate future attacks, according to TrapX Security.

Frost & Sullivan anticipates that a comprehensive converged security (Cyber-physical security) will attract CNI authorities and companies with an aim to enhance situational awareness (early detection) and responsiveness through integrated security control solutions. The paper will focus on the role of converged security in protecting CNI against the faceless enemy.