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Cybersecurity and Physical Security Convergence

October 26, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

In our current connected operating environment, the allure of digital transformation and innovation has led security leaders to embrace digitalization as a means to enhance both efficiency and profitability. The adoption and integration of IoT and IIoT devices has led to an increasingly interconnected mesh of cyber-physical systems, which expands the attack surface and blurs the once clear functions of cybersecurity and physical security.

Together, cyber and physical assets represent a significant amount of risk to physical security and cybersecurity – each can be targeted, separately or simultaneously, to result in compromised systems and/or infrastructure. Yet, despite a general consensus around these interconnected risks, physical security and cybersecurity divisions are often still treated as separate entities.

When physical security and cybersecurity divisions operate in siloes, they lack a holistic view of security threats targeting their enterprise. As a result, successful attacks are more likely to occur. Organizations can overcome the potential risks of siloed security functions by implementing this concept of formal collaboration between cybersecurity and physical security functions. The benefits of this formalized collaborative approach often outweigh the challenges of organizational change efforts and enable a flexible, sustainable strategy that is anchored by shared security practices and goals.

This webinar is supported by the Information Technology Security Community as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the benefits of a holistic security strategy that aligns cybersecurity and physical security functions with organizational priorities.
  2. Understand the complex operating environment and the risks associated with siloed security functions.
  3. Participants will walk away with a flexible framework for aligning security functions


Credit Information

Completion of this webinar is eligible for 1 CPE credit. CPE credits for ASIS-sponsored webinars will be updated in your user profile within 48 hours of completion. Self-reporting of CPE credits is not required.


Megan Knodell
Program Lead
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Megan Knodell has been with the Federal government for eight years and has served in many capacities with both the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Knodell is currently a Program Lead with Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and manages several efforts pertaining to soft targets and crowded places, countering terrorism and targeted violence, and most recently cybersecurity and physical security convergence. Before joining DHS, Ms. Knodell spent five years at the Department of Defense where she served as a Project Officer for the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service.

*Note: Speakers and content are subject to change without notice.


October 26, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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