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

5 Blind Men and an Elephant called ICS Supply Chain Security

Sponsor Stage

In this session we uncover the five key supply chain risks to ICS software and firmware. We’ll show you specific examples of each of these threats; we’ll introduce a framework funded by the DHS to safeguard against ICS supply chain attacks.  Finally we’ll show you how to satisfy security requirements like NERC CIP-013, without introducing […]

Supply Chain