Jason Rivera

Jason Rivera

Senior Director: Strategic Threat Advisory Group



Jason is an internationally experienced intelligence and cybersecurity leader who possesses 15+ years of experience innovating at the intersection of security operations and technology. Throughout his career, he has published and presented at some the world’s largest cyber conferences, to include Black Hat, RSA Conference, NATO CyCon, InfoSecWorld, and Gartner.

Jason is currently at CrowdStrike where he leads a global team of cyber threat professionals who apply threat intelligence and cybersecurity solutions to combat the world’s most prolific cyber threat adversaries. Prior to CrowdStrike, he was at Deloitte where he led the development of cyber intelligence and cybersecurity programs for large Fortune 500 companies and US Government agencies. Prior to Jason’s entry into the private sector, he served as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army where he attained the rank of Captain and participated in a variety of roles, including assignments at the National Security Agency (NSA), U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), as well as having served in combat tours overseas.

Speech Topic & Synopses
Turning off the Lights: Adequately Protecting Operational Technology Requires a Sophisticated Cyber Security Strategy

When considering attacks to critical infrastructure, such as the power grid, oil & gas, and other similar sectors, people often believe nation state adversaries are directly targeting operational technology (OT) assets – industrial control systems – to affect their desire to disrupt a nations ability to provide for its citizens. In fact, the overwhelming majority of critical infrastructure attacks have been perpetrated only after first compromising information technology resources before pivoting to the OT network.


This presentation discusses the history of attacks targeting critical infrastructure, with a strong emphasis on adversaries with a government nexus, describing how these attacks are levied and why they were successful. The talk will focus on how governments, and critical infrastructure organizations need to concentrate on ensuring information technology hygiene is of the utmost importance in ensuring malicious nation state actors are unable to turn off the lights.

company overview

CrowdStrike has redefined security with the world’s most advanced cloud-native platform that protects and enables the people, processes and technologies that drive modern enterprise. CrowdStrike secures the most critical areas of enterprise risk – endpoints and cloud workloads, identity, and data – to keep customers ahead of today’s adversaries and stop breaches. Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud, the CrowdStrike Falcon Platform leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence on evolving adversary tradecraft and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting and prioritized observability of vulnerabilities – all through a single, lightweight agent. With CrowdStrike, customers benefit from superior protection, better performance, reduced complexity and immediate time-to-value.