Pacific Rim Critical Infrastructure Security Summit

Join us at the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort!
February 12-13 2019

Connecting with our neighbors, business partners, peers, other industries and governments is what allows us to get perspectives that would be otherwise missed. Since 2004, EnergySec has been focused on bringing together people and various organizations to help foster environments of learning. It is our hope and desire to leave each person we meet with at least one take away idea or thought that could potentially make a difference in making our critical infrastructures more secure and resilient.

  1. Featuring experts on critical infrastructure security and attendees from the U.S, Asia, and Australia.
  2. Featuring presentations by leading security professionals in critical infrastructure, detailing innovative ways to address security risks.
  3. Including interactive discussions about security challenges that exist when supporting mission critical technology.
  4. Designed for key security professionals representing organizations in Hawaii, the Western United States, Canada, South and Central America, Southeast Asia, Japan and New Zealand.
  5. Located at the beautiful Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, HI. Play in the surf at the tropical playground surrounding Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

Join us for the 2019 Pacific Rim Critical Infrastructure Security Summit!

Tue, Feb 12, 2019, 9:00 AM – Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 3:00 PM HST

Item Price

Full Summit Pass


Full Summit Pass – Alumni*


*This pricing is only available to prior attendees of the Pacific Rim Summit. If you have previously attended but didn’t receive a code, please email us at 

Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

2552 Kalakaua Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96815

*EnergySec does not have a hotel room block or discount rate for this event. For room reservation information for the venue visit:

Agenda subject to change

Day 1 – Tuesday, Feb. 12

  • 8:00a – 9:00a
  • 9:00a – 9:45a
  • 9:45a – 10:30a
    “Braving the Storm: Securing the ICS Firmware Supply Chain”
    Eric Byres | CEO, aDolus Inc.
  • 10:30a – 11:00a
    Networking Break
  • 11:00a – 11:30a
    Jeff Foley | Senior Business Development Manager, Siemens Industry
  • 11:30a – 12:00p
    “Critical Infrastructure: Mitigating today’s risk for tomorrow’s resilience”
    Christine Riccardi | Regional Director, Region IX, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Infrastructure
  • 12:00p – 1:00p
  • 1:00p – 1:45p
  • 1:45p – 2:30p
    “Quantifying Cyber Resilience: A Metric-Based Methodology and Demonstrative Application to Energy Systems”
    Dr. Meghan Galiardi and Dr. Shamina Hossain-McKenzie | Senior Member of the Technical Staff in Cyber Resilience R&D, Sandia National Laboratories
  • 2:30p – 3:00p
    Networking Break
  • 3:00p – 4:00p
    “Physical Security for Critical Infrastructure”
    Richard Hyatt | Director of Security and Michael Wilson | Physical Security Analyst, Chelan County PUD.
  • 4:00p – 5:30p
    Evening Reception and Networking

Day 2 – Wednesday, Feb. 13

  • 8:00a – 9:00a
  • 9:00a – 10:00a
    “Only as Complex as You Need: The Trends and Current State of Energy Sector Attack Tradecraft”
    Joe Slowik | Adversary Hunter (Threat Intelligence), Drago’s Inc.
  • 10:00a – 10:30a
    “Why You Need Comprehensive Visibility – Holistic Security using Hybrid Collection Methods”
    Robert Landavazo | ICS Engineer, Tripwire
  • 10:30a – 11:00a
    Networking Break
  • 11:00a – 12:00p
    “DHS Critical Infrastructure Overview – Sector Interdependencies”
    L. Chris Shephard | Director of Information & Critical Infrastructure Security, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • 12:00p – 1:00p
  • 1:00p – 1:45p
    “Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and other Scary Advanced Capabilities that could save critical infrastructure (or accelerate the collapse)”
    Brian McKay | Senior Engineer, AECOM
  • 1:45p – 2:30p
    “Converged IT-Physical Security approach for Critical Infrastructure Protection”
    Michael Gonzalez | Sr. Physical Security IT Systems Administrator, Hawaiian Electric (HECO)
  • 2:30p – 3:00p
    “Overview of Blockchain in Critical Infrastructure”
    Steve Parker | President, EnergySec
  • 3:00p
    Conference Ends – Mahalo!


Eric Byres is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the field of industrial control system (ICS) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cybersecurity. He is the inventor of the Tofino Security technology – the most widely deployed ICS-specific firewall in the world – licensed by industry giants Honeywell, Schneider Electric, and Caterpillar. Eric’s many accomplishments include founding the BCIT Critical Infrastructure Security Centre, providing guidance to government security agencies and major energy companies on critical infrastructure protection, chairing the ISA SP-99 Security Technologies Working Group, representing Canada for the IEC TC65/WG10 standards effort, and testifying to the US Congress on the Security of Industrial Control Systems in National Critical Infrastructures. He has received numerous awards from international organizations and was made an ISA Fellow in 2009. In 2013 he received ISA’s highest honor: Excellence in Leadership.


Dr. Meghan Galiardi is a cybersecurity researcher at Sandia National Laboratories with a focus on developing mathematical foundations for cyber analyses. She received her PhD and Master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016 and 2013, respectively and a B.S. degree in both computer science and mathematics from Stonehill College in 2011. Her research interests include cyber resilience metrics, mathematical modeling, and algorithms development.


Dr. Shamina Hossain-McKenzie is a cybersecurity researcher at Sandia National Laboratories with a focus on power systems and cybersecurity. She received her electrical engineering PhD and Master’s degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017 and 2014, respectively, and her B.S. degree from Washington State University in 2012. Her research interests include power system resilience, grid modeling and simulation, and DER cybersecurity.


Richard is the Director of Security for Chelan Public Utility District with a combined 32 years of multi-discipline security experience and is retired from the New York City Police Department. Board certified in both Security Management and Investigations from the American Society of Industrial Security, Richard obtained his Bachelor of Science degree for Information Technology from the University of Phoenix and is an Alumni of The Wharton School’s Security Executive Program. Richard has extensive experience in all aspects of physical security, threat assessment, crisis management, regulatory compliance, business continuity and critical infrastructure protection. In addition, Richard is a longstanding servant leader participating in the security industry as a volunteer for the ASIS Utilities Security Council and currently Chairs WECC’s Physical Security Work Group.


Professional with 20 years of engineering project management, strategic planning, and operational integration of emergent capabilities. Brian has extensive expertise in critical infrastructure protection, cyber security and management of rapid innovation processes. He formerly worked with Xcel Energy to launch its Critical Infrastructure Protection Program and most recently has worked with the US Indo-Pacific Command Innovation and Experimentation Division to lead the Rapid Capability Cell and develop and manage applications of machine learning for warfighting challenges. Brian has previously presented at EnergySec, regional utility cyber security forums, and the Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science.


Christy leads a 55 member regional cadre, responsible for the physical and cyber security, protection, and resilience of critical infrastructure in California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. Christy’s staff provides expert advice on cybersecurity, information sharing and protection, data tools and technology, and infrastructure resilience. In this role, Christy leverages a long-standing expertise in public/private partnerships and information sharing to implement and execute security and emergency management programs across the region. Christy ensures strategic delivery of mitigation and preparedness programs for today’s evolving threat environment; addresses infrastructure resilience challenges and policy impacts through complex analysis; and applies risk management principles to infrastructure across all-hazards. Most recently, Christy has led cybersecurity and physical security outreach and operations in support of U.S. election infrastructure.

Christy previously served as the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection’s Deputy Chief of Staff and provided advice, counsel and decision support to DHS executive leadership to shape the organization’s programs and resources, adapting them to the evolving cyber and physical infrastructure risk environment. In that role, Christy designed, planned and implemented the 2 year-initiative to evolve the entire suite of IP operations to a regional based, service delivery model. Christy has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Dayton and received her Master of Science in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a proud graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School for Homeland Defense and Security Studies.


Mr. Shepherd is the Director of Information & Critical Infrastructure Security for Gannett Fleming. He is responsible for providing information security, cyber security, and compliance consulting services to electric utility, transit, and water management clients in government, municipalities, and private sectors. He is directly involved in security engineering & design, security testing & evaluations, risk assessments, and vulnerability assessments for both enterprise-level IT systems and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)/Industrial Control Systems (ICS). Over the last 30 years, Chris has managed client projects in the Banking and Energy Industries for operational upgrades, physical and cyber security retrofits, and federal compliance related projects (e.g. NERC CIP, FERC Hydroproject Security, FCC Narrow Banding, Sarbanes-Oxley, State of Wyoming Public Utility Vulnerability Assessment). He has conducted cyber, physical, and information security audits to insure compliance with best practice and regulatory security standards.

Mr. Shepherd is serving his second term as a Committee Member of the NERC Reliability Issues Steering Committee (RISC) which reports directly to the NERC Board of Trustees. This committee evaluates and make recommendations on risks to the electricity industry. Chris has worked on Task Force teams to co-author several NERC electric industry guidelines and currently is a member on the NERC Cyber Security – CIP Guidelines and Technical Basis Review team.


Joe Slowik currently hunts ICS adversaries for Dragos, pursuing threat activity groups through their malware, their communications, and any other observables available. Prior to his time at Dragos, Joe ran the Incident Response team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and served as an Information Warfare Officer in the US Navy. Throughout his career in network defense, Joe has consistently worked to ‘take the fight to the adversary’ by applying forward-looking, active defense measures to constantly keep threat actors off balance.

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