Address New Cybersecurity Risks


COVID-19 poses an unparalleled cybersecurity challenge that we can meet, together. Your security and IT operations are rapidly shifting to protect your remote employees, clients and your business. Learn how IBM Security has partnered with Petrofac, helping them navigate challenges, new and known, with experts and innovation. And learn how IBM Security is delivering a new model to help to authenticate people more quickly and effectively as the work-from-home workforce continues to expand—new authentication offerings known in the industry as a “Zero Trust” model to help you be resilient in the of face any storm.


Mary O'Brien

General Manager, IBM Security, IBM

Mary O’Brien is the General Manager of IBM Security, the largest enterprise security company in the world. She leads a global team, focused on delivering IBM’s extensive security product and services portfolio. She is a strategic partner to many CEOs, CISOs, and CIOs on cybersecurity, AI, and IT strategy. Before taking over as head of the IBM Security unit, Mary led Research and Development for the division. Having joined IBM in 2007, she spent her time making sure the research, proof of concepts and thought leadership evolved into viable products. In charge of progressing IBM’s security portfolio, she examined which incubators had the potential for success and aligned with IBM’s strategy to manage those products all the way through to delivery and support in the field. A lifelong engineer, Mary’s career started with the last indigenous Semiconductor manufacturer in the UK. In 1994, she joined the Motorola GSM systems division and developed her skills in ASIC, PBC and Software development of telco products. Mary earned her Bachelor’s in Engineering from Dublin City University. With more than 30 years of industry experience developed through tenures in the UK, US and Ireland, Mary spends a lot of her time mentoring others and ensures that those who work for her have mentors as well. She is a passionate fan of all local sports teams and enjoys running and swimming in her spare time. She is a self-proclaimed “foodie,” and a keen gardener that grows her own vegetables. Mary currently resides in Ireland with her family but frequently makes trips to the IBM Security headquarters in Cambridge, MA.

George Eapen

Global CISO and Group Head of Cyber Security, Petrofac

George Eapen is the Global CISO and Group Head of Cyber Security for Petrofac, one of the world's largest O&G EPC Companies with 11,500 employees. -Previously, responsible for defining Cyber Security strategy for Enterprise IT & OT for the GE Global regions as a Chief Information Security Officer. -14 years of global experience with multiple businesses as Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Digital, etc.., and in diverse domains (Software development, Quality, Auditing, Infrastructure, Operations & Cyber Security). -Presented over 30+ conferences in the Middle East, USA, Europe including conferences like Gartner, GISEC, MILIPOL, Cloud MENA, CISO 360, etc.. -Serves as a non-Executive Board member for many Cyber Organizations and Cyber Committees. -Recipient of multiple awards globally which includes MESA, CXO 50, CISO 30, etc.. -Holding an Electrical Engineering degree from MG University, an MBA from Symbiosis and an Executive MBA from MIT Sloan.

Wendi Whitmore

Vice President, X-Force Threat Intelligence, IBM Security

Wendi Whitmore is a technical leader with over 15 years of experience in incident response and data breach investigations, strategic information security services, and threat intelligence analytics. At IBM, Wendi was instrumental in creating IBM X-Force IRIS which includes the global X-Force Incident Response, Proactive Services, and Threat Intelligence practices. In her role, she leverages people, infrastructure, data and technology to drive the capabilities of detection and defense against targeted threats for global client organizations. Before joining IBM, Wendi held executive level positions at CrowdStrike Services and Mandiant, where she was responsible for growing and implementing all professional services offerings and engagements delivered, including building IR capabilities for several federal government agencies and leading data breach investigations for global commercial clients. Wendi began her career as a Special Agent conducting computer crime investigations with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).