Seminar: [Apr 17] A Secure Engineering Perspective from the Aerospace Industry

DATE: 17 April 2015 (Friday)
TIME: 3:00pm – 3:45pm
VENUE: Infuse Theatre, Level 14, Connexis South Tower, Fusionopolis


Michael Papay (Northrop Grumman, USA)


A Secure Engineering Perspective from the Aerospace Industry


One of the most important challenges that the world will face in the next 5 years centers on focusing its enterprise cybersecurity experience and capabilities to transportation systems. In the Aerospace Industry, critical capabilities are today reliant upon software-intensive and networked systems, with hundreds of suppliers involved. The transportation industry has a similar issue, whereas the crux of the problem is that our desire and ability to innovate has so far outpaced our commitment to embedding cybersecurity into the design process. The upshot is that even the most sophisticated entities have historically taken – and may still be taking – more risks than they should when conducting business using devices and networks constructed with parts that aren’t secure.


Michael Papay is vice president and chief information security officer (CISO) for Northrop Grumman, delivering the company’s internal information security program. In his role, he is also responsible for strategy and vision for the company’s global computer and network information security systems; defining companywide policies for information security; and enhancing the security of Northrop Grumman’s products, services and infrastructures.

Dr. Papay has 28 years of experience with Northrop Grumman developing engineering solutions for the Department of Defense and intelligence community, including intercontinental ballistic missiles; missile defense systems; command and control systems; networking solutions; satellite and ground systems; airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms; modeling and simulation programs; military training tools; and cybersecurity solutions.

Dr. Papay is a nationally recognized expert in the modeling and simulation (M&S) field. He has written numerous papers, managed large programs, developed coursework and contributes to the congressional M&S caucus. He served on the 2012 Homeland Security Advisory Council’s (HSAC) Task Force on Cyber Skills and he currently serves on cyber and engineering advisory boards for several universities.

Dr. Papay has a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech.



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