Hack the Building Conversation with COPT CIO/CISO Ken Kurz


Hack the Building Conversation with COPT CIO/CISO Ken Kurz

Date: July 7, 2020 | 1 - 2pm | Location: Virtual


The number of connected building technologies continue to dramatically increase created vast amounts of new avenues for adversaries to attack. Hackers are using vulnerabilities within building management systems and other facility components to manipulate building controls or gain access to IT data. The need to secure both Operational Technology (OT) and traditional Information Technology (IT) is on the minds of CIO/CISOs like COPT's Ken Kurz.

Tune in to hear COPT’s path toward building a secure facility control system environment and addressing changes necessary to secure both OT and IT. Discover different asymmetrical approaches to reducing risk and starting the strategy. Learn about the security architecture and technologies being used to enhance defense against hackers. COPT’s unique position of having a diverse customer base enforces the need to have multiple defensive approaches.

About Ken Kurz
Ken Kurz

Ken Kurz is Vice President, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer for Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT). In this role, he provides executive leadership to critical areas of the company, prioritizes technology investments in collaboration with key constituencies, and leads the COPT IT organization in the execution of strategic initiatives aligned with and advancing COPT’s strategic plans and goals.

Ken brings over 20 years of leadership and operational experience in network technologies, information systems, cybersecurity, risk mitigation and remediation, and technical project management to COPT. Supporting COPT since 2016, he has experience as the Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Delaware as well as was the Executive Director of Network & Information Assurance & Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Oklahoma leading network engineering, risk and governance, identity and access management, and security operations teams. Previously, Ken was Director of Information Systems for the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation as the head of IT for both 501(c)(3) non-profits supporting the United States Naval Academy. He also held various technical and leadership positions within the Department of Defense, his final role as the head of the National Cryptographic Solutions Management Office responsible for overseeing the development of national cryptographic strategy, algorithm management, and capability roadmaps.

Ken graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in English and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Science in Information and Telecommunication Systems. He has been a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) since 2005 and was selected as ISC2’s winner of the 2010 Government Information Security Leadership Award for Technology Improvement from the community of information security professionals representing departments and agencies across the federal government.