Meet Our Defenders


Scott Keenon.jpgDefending against sophisticated cyber threats takes more than technology. It takes people. People with skills and innate qualities to outpace today’s evolving threat landscape. Qualities we call “defender DNA.”

Scott Keenon | Head of Process Control Security

What drives you to be a Defender?

Over twenty years ago, I landed on an Oil & Gas platform in the North Sea. From that moment I was mesmerized by the sheer human engineering achievement allowing me to stand in the middle of an ocean, on a sophisticated lump of steel, extracting fossil fuels from roughly 2000m below the sea bed. Everything about the platform—from how it worked, operated and interconnected—interested me. That single experience drove my passion and avid interest in production technology and has helped me fulfill my role as Head of Process Control Security.

What is your strongest defender DNA quality?

Listening. When you have a demonstrated mindset to first listen to the clients concerns and requirements, you can develop a custom and targeted roadmap to addresses their specific needs and issues. This defender DNA quality allows me to continually deliver successful Operational Technology (OT) cybersecurity projects that improve our clients OT environments.

How do you prove you have defender DNA?

Small steps, big success! A few weeks after delivering a series of training courses to a client’s control room operators on a number of cybersecurity topics aimed at the OT environment, I observed a real world example unfold. Using the knowledge from the training that Leidos delivered, along with adherence to recently introduced OT procedures, a control room operator successfully stopped multiple malware from infecting their OT environment and potentially causing a shutdown of the asset. Here’s what happened. A 3 rd party vendor planned to run diagnostics on various pieces of equipment in the control room. As the vendor prepared to install the media onto a piece of equipment, one of the control room operators asked the vendor to stop what they were doing and confirm when the media was last checked for viruses. Since it was not subject to a virus check for some time, the operator used a dedicated laptop with the latest anti-virus updates to scan the removable media uncovering multiple viruses!

How does your defender DNA benefit Leidos clients?

By bringing a broad range of OT industry knowledge and experience, coupled with proven best practices, I can help harden and strengthen our clients OT environments.