Patrick Hilgendorf

IT Security Manager
Austal USA

BIO: Patrick Hilgendorf is the IT Security Manager for Austal USA where he is responsible for securing business systems and industrial equipment for the world’s largest aluminum ship manufacturer. Patrick previously served at the Pentagon where he developed policy for securing Air Force weapon systems to mitigate against increasing threat of cyber attacks. He also developed autonomous satellite antenna steering solutions used to deliver aircraft surveillance video for Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa. Patrick holds the “Certified Ethical Hacker” and “Certified Incident Handler” certifications. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering.

Presentation Title(s)

Strategy for Securing the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming our lives with increased volume of data and interconnectivity. The features of smart homes or self-driving cars can be scaled to also benefit industrial plants or mass transportation, but so does the corresponding risk to individual consumers and the general public. Recent examples of IoT attacks highlight cybersecurity best practices that can be “baked in” to product development rather than “bolted on” after exploitation. We’ll explore methods to triage risk and prioritize efforts to improve cybersecurity for IoT.