Eric Byres


Eric Byres (PEng, ISA Fellow) is an expert and visionary in the field of SCADA/ICS and IIoT security. Experienced in controls engineering, security research and corporate management, he offers a unique blend of deep technical knowledge and practical business experience.

Eric is probably best known for inventing and successfully commercializing the Tofino Firewall, the world’s most widely deployed ICS security appliance. Tofino technology has received numerous industry awards and is licensed by industry giants such as Honeywell, Schneider Electric and Caterpillar. Before starting Tofino, Eric founded the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) Critical Infrastructure Security Centre. He shaped it into a leading academic facility in the field of SCADA security, culminating in a SANS Institute Security Leadership Award in 2006.

Eric has received many international awards for his research work, including the IEEE Outstanding Industry Applications Article Prize and the ISA “Donald P. Eckman Education Award”. Eric was made an ISA Fellow in 2009 and given the ISA’s highest honor, ISA Excellence in Leadership, in 2013.

Today Eric is the CEO of aDolus Inc, a security research and development company based in Dallas, TX. He is also the Senior Partner at ICS Secure, advising investors and IT companies entering the ICS and “Internet of Things” security markets.

My Sessions

In Firmware We Trust: Securing The Software Supply Chain

Main Stage

The team (Butts, Byres, Kitchel, Owen, and Rios) will present the challenges and some solutions to securing the software supply chain in a fun role playing performance. ICS asset owners depend on vendors to supply valid software and firmware for system implementation and upgrades. If this chain of trust is compromised, then malicious software can […]

Protocols Secure Design & Dev