PE Live Podcast: Operational Technology (OT) cybersecurity – the vital next step in digitalisation (I)

PE Live Podcast presents a new 3-part series of podcast episodes on cybersecurity – "Operational Technology (OT) cybersecurity – the vital next step in digitalisation", to help you understand the cyber threats faced by industrial companies around the world. This podcast series is created in association with Hexagon Asset Lifecycle Intelligence.

Oil and gas, power and utilities, plants and facilities are often key national strategic assets. The digitalisation of this critical infrastructure poses challenging questions around the relationship between data availability, integrity, and confidentiality, as well as safety concerns in an ever-changing operating environment.

This first episode is a conversation with Rida El Hajj, Vice President of Sales, and Syed M. Belal, Director of OT Cybersecurity Consulting Services, both joining us from Hexagon’s Asset Lifecycle Intelligence division, and is hosted by Ian Simm, a regular contributor to Petroleum Economist.


Meet the Speakers


Rida El Hajj

Vice President of Sales

Hexagon Asset Lifecycle Intelligence

Rida joined PAS, now part of Hexagon, in April 2014 and was responsible for sales management and business development for the Middle East. Since November 2021, he has been responsible for OT cybersecurity and strategic initiatives in the Middle East. Rida has a deep knowledge of the Middle East and GCC process industry market, developed over almost 29 years in the sector.

Syed M. Belal

Director – OT Cybersecurity Consulting Services

Hexagon Asset Lifecycle Intelligence

Syed M. Belal is the Director of OT Cybersecurity Consulting Services. Syed is having more than 15 years of experience in industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT) applications with a focus on networking and cybersecurity. He joined PAS, now part of Hexagon PPM, in 2017, after a nine-year tenure as Schneider Electrics' Lead Cybersecurity Consultant. He has specific expertise in industrial automation, SCADA, control, and safety systems often used in critical infrastructure.


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