Mark your calendar for August 19-21, 2019 as the EnergySec Security & Compliance Summit returns to the Disneyland Hotel

Join us at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA!

August 19-21, 2019

Our Annual Security and Compliance Summit returns for our 15th Anniversary! We are still the premier security conference for critical infrastructure and one of the longest running events of its kind in the nation.

The unique qualities of our Summit reside in the vast array of industry leaders and experts we invite to participate in the event.  Attendees benefit from a diverse collection of perspectives, knowledge, and experience as our presenters and panelists journey from destinations all around nation and globe! With such a concentration of thought leadership and talent, the stage is set for passionate discussion and debate on a variety of topics that highlight the burning issues and evolving needs of our industry.

Navigate our Summit page to learn more about this year’s exciting topics and speakers. Registrations and rooms go fast so start planning your educational experience and relaxing fun in the sun today!

2019 Summit Speakers 

  • Jeff Cornelius | Darktrace
    Jeff Cornelius | Darktrace

    Jeff Cornelius joined Darktrace in February of 2014 as EVP and oversees the global, strategic direction of Darktrace’s Industrial Immune System solution tailored specifically for Critical Infrastructure Protection. Prior to joining, Darktrace, Jeff held a number of Executive Commercial positions delivering subject matter expertise in security, compliance and governance sectors. Jeff previously taught at the University of Texas and New Mexico State University where he held adjunct positions in Experimental Psychology (Social, Cognition, Perception) and Experimental Statistics.

  • George Masters | SEL
    George Masters | SEL
    George W. Masters is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He has over 26 years of experience in security architecture and cryptography, software development, and hardware interface devices. Mr. Masters joined Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. in 2010 as a product engineer. He is now a lead application engineer in the Secure Engineering group of Research & Development. He is a security architect and developer of cross-platform standards for security features in SEL products, has developed processes and testing procedures to ensure robust designs, and is familiar with NERC CIP compliance programs, periodically working with customers on NERC CIP compliance issues. An inventor with four security patents, Mr. Masters holds a CISSP certification, has participated in the NERC CIPC Supply Chain Working Group, and is also an SEL liaison for the DHS Critical Manufacturing Sector Coordinating Council.
  • Bill Nelson | Global Resilience Federation (GRF)
    Bill Nelson | Global Resilience Federation (GRF)

    Bill Nelson is the CEO of the Global Resilience Federation (GRF).  GRF is a non-profit association dedicated to help ensure the resilience and continuity of vital infrastructure and individual organizations against threats, incidents and vulnerabities. GRF is comprised of nine information sharing organizations from various industries. Mr. Nelson has received many awards including the prestigious RSA Award for Excellence in Information Security 2018 and the FS-ISAC Critical Infrastructure Protection award.  Before joining the GRF in 2019, Bill was the President and CEO of the Financial Services Information Sharing & Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) from 2006-2018.  He was Executive Vice President of NACHA, The Electronic Payments Association from 1988 to 2006. 

  • Bryce McClurg | Idaho National Laboratory
    Bryce McClurg | Idaho National Laboratory

    Bryce McClurg graduated with a B.S in Applied Physics from Weber State University in 2009. He then worked in the defense industry as a Lead Test Engineer for UAV/Ground Station radios and data links. Bryce came to Idaho National Laboratory in 2014. He has been heavily involved in machine-to-machine automated threat response and validating measures for automated response. Bryce has experience with creating indicators and remediation actions in JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) for the STIX 2 (Structured Threat Information Expression) architecture. He also plays a large roll in test bed design, setup, maintenance, and testing.

  • Assaf Kalderon | CyberX
    Assaf Kalderon | CyberX

    Assaf joined CyberX at the beginning of the year as a sales executive leading the North American West growth initiatives in the IoT space. Assaf has a proven track record of helping customers take their organizations to the next level.

  • Keith Brennan | Firemon
    Keith Brennan | Firemon

    Keith Brennan is the Director of Field Engineering for FireMon, where he works closely with clients to make sure technical objectives remain aligned. Before joining FireMon, Keith served as the CISO for a California based healthcare organization. He has over 25 years of IT experience including the past 15 focused on Information Security.

  • Matt Caves | Western Farmers Electric Coop
    Matt Caves | Western Farmers Electric Coop

    Matt Caves currently serves as the Corporate Compliance Officer and Senior Manager of Legal and Regulatory Compliance for Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), a generation and transmission cooperative located in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Prior to joining WFEC, Matt spent almost 15 years as a state regulator and in private practice handling a wide variety of regulatory compliance, permitting, enforcement and litigation issues. Matt is an active member of the Reliability Compliance Working Group (RCWG) and the Markets and Operations Policy Committee (MOPC) of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). Matt also serves as an adjunct professor of Business Law at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and adjunct professor of Environmental Law for the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Matt obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology from Oklahoma State University and his Juris Doctorate degree from The University of Oklahoma, College of Law.

  • Matt Cowell | Dragos Inc.
    Matt Cowell | Dragos Inc.

    Matt Cowell has more than 15 years of experience in industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT) applications with a focus on networks and cyber security. He has specific expertise in industrial automation and SCADA systems often used in critical infrastructure. Prior to Dragos Matt led business development initiatives for Ultra 3eTI, Phoenix Contact and Danaher Industrial Controls. Matt has presented at numerous industry programs and conferences around the world and has also driven cyber security accreditation programs for associations such as the AWWA. Matt is an active volunteer in the ICS community assisting with events such as RSA ICS Sandbox and DEFCON ICS village. Matt holds an Electronics engineering degree from the University of Brighton and is GICSP & CWNA.

  • Bill Johnson | Tdi Technologies
    Bill Johnson | Tdi Technologies

    Bill Johnson has over 20 years’ experience in the IT/OT infrastructure management field. He is the founder of TDi Technologies and its flagship platform, ConsoleWorks. Bill is a recognized Thought Leader by such prestigious organizations as The SANS Technology Institute and the Software Security Institute. He is a regular speaker for professional IT organizations regarding data center automation and enterprise computing. Bill and his team have been awarded patents for various innovative methods of infrastructure management. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville.

  • Gregory Conti | IronNet Cybersecurity
    Gregory Conti | IronNet Cybersecurity

    Gregory Conti is a career cyber operations and military intelligence officer and is now Senior Security Strategist at IronNet Cybersecurity. Previously he ran West Point’s cybersecurity research and education programs for almost a decade. He holds a PhD in computer science and is co­ author of the recently published “On Cyber: Towards an Operational Art for Cyber Conflict” and has authored over 70 articles and papers covering cyber conflict, online privacy, usable security, and security data visualization. Greg has served as Officer in Charge of a forward deployed expeditionary cyber team, acted as a Senior Advisor in the US Cyber Command Commander’s Action Group, and co­created US Cyber Command’s flagship Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course (JACWC). He has spoken at numerous security conferences, including Black Hat, DEF CON, HOPE, ShmooCon, RSA, the NATO Conference on Cyber Conflict, and numerous academic conferences. His work can be found at and online @cyberbgone. 

  • Michael Colao | Arizona Public Service
    Michael Colao | Arizona Public Service

    Michael Colao has been the Manager of Data Protection and Assurance within Arizona Public Services’ (APS) Cybersecurity group since 2014. His team is responsible for the internal controls framework supporting he protection of APS’ personally identifiable information of customers and employees, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) and Export Compliance. The ongoing monitoring and evolving of a data protection program, along with its training and awareness are focal points to the success of his team. Prior to joining APS, Colao spent the better part of 15 years in operational business and finance roles beginning with Deloitte, LLP. He holds a certification as a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Originally from upstate New York, Michael has a BBA from Niagara University. 

  • Andrew Storms | New Context Services
    Andrew Storms | New Context Services

    Andrew Storms is an Information Technology & Security executive with over 20 years of achievement delivering solutions that optimize performance, security, and efficiency for industry-leading companies and clients. Andrew’s current work with New Context Services involves providing leadership in the areas of Information security and product development. He creates product vision and assists with business development, and oversees market validation and go-to-market strategy. Andrew currently serves as project lead for CES-21 – an initiative researching methods to perform automated cyber security threat detection and response within electrical utility operational networks. This work is performed under contract with California utilities and in conjunction with INL and LLNL.

  • Robert Landavazo | Tripwire
    Robert Landavazo | Tripwire

    Robert Landavazo is an ICS Engineer at Tripwire where he focuses on helping customers secure their Industrial Control Systems. He has a background in in the electric utility sector, most recently working to implement a NERC Critical Infrastructure (CIP) internal compliance program leveraging Tripwire’s own product suite. While at this utility, Robert worked in Operations Technology to support SCADA in Distribution, Transmission and Generation. Prior to his tenure in utilities, Robert worked in Public Safety, managing emergency communications infrastructure like Next Generation 911, IP Radio and Computer Aided Dispatch systems. 

  • Shawn Wallace | IronNet Security
    Shawn Wallace | IronNet Security

    Shawn Wallace is the VP of Energy for IronNet Cybersecurity and has over 20 years working on generation and transmission projects in the Electric sector. Prior to joining IronNet he was the Director of Transmission and Distribution for AECOM with profit and loss responsibility for the business in addition to, personnel management and development, project oversight, financial reporting, business strategy, business development and client outreach throughout North America and Canada. Mr. Wallace holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Denver. He is a registered Professional Engineer and an Eagle Scout.

  • Steve Earley | Fortress Information Security
    Steve Earley | Fortress Information Security

    Steve is Vice President of Third Party Risk Operations for Fortress, leading supply chain risk assessment operations across all of our clients, and he also manages our offices in Columbus, Ohio and Reston, Virginia. His 25 years in the information technology field includes over 15 years of IT audit and security expertise in Energy, Financial Services and Healthcare. Steve also brings nearly 30 years of significant technical leadership experience across several other business sectors including defense, manufacturing, federal/state government and high technology. A retired U.S. Navy Commander who specialized in information assurance and cyber intelligence, Steve has a broad background in many areas of cybersecurity, IT audit and compliance, and third party risk. Prior to Fortress, Steve held several key roles, including CISO for a large state agency in Ohio, CISO for two credit-card issuing banks, and the founder of his own risk and security consulting business.

  • Tony Turner | Fortress Information Security
    Tony Turner | Fortress Information Security

    Tony is Vice President of Security Solutions. He has led Application Security for a Fortune 150 and senior security executive in multiple verticals, security consulting and vendor experience. This includes assessments for global suppliers and provide for many interesting stories. Tony is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as the SANS Cloud Summit, B­Sides, DerbyCon, OWASP and others.

  • Nick Weber | Archer
    Nick Weber | Archer

    Nick Weber is a Senior Security Consultant at Archer Security Group. Before joining Archer, Nick served in physical and cyber security management roles at Grant Public Utility District, Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), the US Department of Homeland Security, and the US Army. He has been recognized for  his leadership with accolades such as the Security Systems News 20 Under 40 award and the Bronze Star Medal. Nick enjoys nonprofit leadership, including his current tenure as a Director on the University of Idaho Alumni Association Board of Directors. He currently serves on ASIS International’s Utilities Security Council and their Young Professionals Council. Nick has completed terms on the DHS the Dams Sector Coordinating Council,
    as Vice Chair of the WECC Physical Security Working Group. And as an Athletic Director of the Salt Lake City Chapter of Team Red, White, and Blue, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting veterans to their community through physical and social activity. Nick has used his diverse experiences, education, training, and coalition-building skills to develop unique solutions to even the most daunting problems. He has a proven track record of success from small companies to complex international and multi-agency projects.

  • Scott Klauminzer | Tacoma Power
    Scott Klauminzer | Tacoma Power

    Scott is currently the CIP Program Manager for Tacoma Power, and has 30 years of IT and Security experience. He is currently participating in the development of the DOE’s ES-C2M2 2.0 update, and serves on the NERC CIP Standards Drafting Team. He has participated in the development of the NIST Cyber Security Framework and the ISO 27019 ICS Security Controls. He has extensive experience in developing and delivering security programs for NERC CIP, HIPAA, PCI, and ISO 27001/2. Scott holds a CISSP, and a Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity and Leadership from the University of Washington. He loves to tinker with technology, but being outdoors with family, and coaching and paddling with dragon boat and outrigger canoe teams is what keeps him happy.

  • Colin Gordon | Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
    Colin Gordon | Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

    Colin Gordon is a Lead Application Engineer with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory’s Secure Solutions division, specializing in communication and cybersecurity solutions and services for critical infrastructure. Colin’s work experience includes secure network design, implementation, testing, and regulatory compliance consultation for utilities and asset owners in North America and abroad. Colin joined SEL in January 2008 and holds a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Idaho.

  • Rita Foster | Idaho National Laboratory
    Rita Foster | Idaho National Laboratory

    Rita Foster is the energy sector infrastructure security strategic advisor for Infrastructure Security department at the Idaho National Laboratory. Her focus has been research direction for the electric sector including insights to all-hazard threats (cyber, electro-magnetic, and physical). She identifies strategy and direction of research, testing and assessment activities at the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and control systems test beds and contributes in thought leadership. She serves on technical lead for multiple projects creating agile response capabilities. She has worked at the lab for 28 years and has served as a technical lead for integrating control systems into a supervisory control for the certification and transport of transuranic waste which resulted in three national awards for products developed and vision.

  • Kathryn Wagner | AssurX, Inc.
    Kathryn Wagner | AssurX, Inc.

    Kathryn Wagner is Product Manager for Energy & Utilities Solutions at AssurX, Inc. She is responsible for the overseeing the development and evolution of product offerings for NERC compliance and related systems. Kathryn has worked extensively in complex environments in the energy & utilities sector helping customers implement solutions for NERC and other quality and compliance requirements. She uses her practical knowledge of the complex regulatory landscape to continuously enhance the AssurX offering. Kathryn has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a MS in Software Development & Management and 25 years’ experience in manufacturing systems integration and compliance. For the last seven years, she has been focused on developing NERC compliance solutions that focus on reliability and resilience. 

  • Souheil Sabbagh | SNC-Lavalin
    Souheil Sabbagh | SNC-Lavalin

    Mr. Sabbagh has been working in different positions within the last ten years in the power industry sector. His knowledge covers power projects in renewables, hydroelectricity, nuclear, and transmission and distribution, both in North America and internationally. Throughout his career, Mr. Sabbagh has led the full life-cycle of large capital project and his strong experience has contributed to delivering high performing projects from obtaining financing to delivering construction. Currently, his focus is helping utilities to make strategic and tactical decisions that address the complexity of the Power Grid 4.0 digitalization. Mr. Sabbagh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Souheil is currently working as a Director Strategy & Consulting Services for SNC-Lavalin’s Intelligent Networks & Cybersecurity group.

  • Carter Schoenberg | IPKeys
    Carter Schoenberg | IPKeys

    Carter Schoenberg is the Executive Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions with IPKeys Power Partners. Ms. Schoenberg is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) with over 25 years of combined experience in criminal investigations, cyber threat intelligence, cybersecurity, risk management, and cyber law. He is a cyber risk subject matter expert supporting government, critical infrastructure and commercial markets to better define how cyber, legal, and insurance matters converge and impact organizations. . In his current role, Mr. Schoenberg is responsible for the integration of the NERC Compliance tool “Sigmaflow” into enhanced professional and managed cyber risk service offerings. His work products have been actively used by the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, the Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) communities, and the Georgia Bar Association for Continuing Learning Educational (CLE) credits on the topic of cybersecurity risk and liability. His expertise is profiled at conferences including: National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Annual Conference, Council for Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB), ISC2, SecureWorld Expo, ISSA, Latin American Insurance & Reinsurance Forum, and InfosecWorld.

  • Mariam Coladonato | Phoenix Contact
    Mariam Coladonato | Phoenix Contact

    Mariam has 7+ years of experience in the security field with a dedicated focus around the networking and security topics at the ICS level. She is responsible for creating security awareness at the critical infrastructure sectors who need it most, at the same time collaborating with customers on how to secure industrial communications through unsecured networks.  In addition, Mariam provides technical support to field sales and internal engineers to be able to reach the customers’ expectations and satisfaction. Furthermore, analyze competition, understand market needs and create advertising campaigns to differentiate features or enhancements for the product family that will allow us to keep being successful.

  • John Collins | FoxGuard Solutions
    John Collins | FoxGuard Solutions

    Currently with FoxGuard Solutions focused on OT Cybersecurity for critical infrastructure. John has over 8 years’ experience working with control system at Honeywell where he designed, managed projects, and focused on operations and maintenance for customers in the Baltimore and Washington DC areas. Through numerus critical infrastructure projects at BWI airport, Exelon, and multiple US intelligence agencies he has gained real world experience protecting operational technology (OT) through IT compliance requirements. He has experience in applying technology for compliance requirements including NERC CIP 002,007,010; CFR Part11, UL864 and NFPA72. John has a graduate degree in Supply Chain Management from Penn State University and an undergrad from Robert Morris University, in addition he is a LEED accredited professional and completed Department of Homeland Security industrial control system Cybersecurity programs W220 & W100.

  • Kip Gering | Xage
    Kip Gering | Xage

    Kip is a senior executive with more than 15 plus years of experience in the utility and IoT sectors delivering customer-focused solutions for data collection, communication, and sensing.  At Xage Security, Kip is responsible for Xage Security’s business development and strategic initiatives for utilities and smart cities. Prior to Xage Security, Kip held executive positions in marketing and product management at Networked Energy Services and Itron delivering some of the first IoT networks and critical operational management, security, and analytical software for the utility industry worldwide. Before joining industry, Kip was a commissioned officer in the United State Air Force responsible for the management of research projects and delivering new capabilities to the US Space Command operational units.  Kip earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in mathematics with a minor in information systems from The Citadel and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Gonzaga University.

  • Joe Tellez | Tacoma Power
    Joe Tellez | Tacoma Power

    Joe is a technology executive with over 25 years of information technology management experience spanning the gas, electric, and water utilities industry. Joe is a seasoned technology strategist with strong experience in systems integration, technology strategy & planning, enterprise architecture, cyber security, technology implementation and organizational governance. Previously, Joe was an executive consultant with Utility Integration Solutions (an Alstom Grid Co.) where he led their Integration and Architecture practice working on a variety of Utility Modernization initiatives with several large investor owned and municipal utilities. Prior to UISOL/Alstom, Joe worked for Sempra Energy Utilities leading their Smart Grid integration efforts for electric and gas AMI, customer services and billing, distribution management and field force automation initiatives. Joe holds a B.S. degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering and a M.S. degree in Systems Architecture & Engineering both from the University of Southern California and is a TOGAF certified IT Architect.

  • Chris Shepherd | Gannett Fleming
    Chris Shepherd | Gannett Fleming

    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.

  • Patrick Woods | AWS
    Patrick Woods | AWS

    Dr. Patrick J. Woods is a Security Assurance Lead for U.S. Public Sector compliance with Amazon Web Services. Patrick has over 20 years of public service in a variety of public safety and technology roles prior to joining AWS. Most recently, Patrick served as the Assistant Director of Cybersecurity and Technology and Chief Information Security Officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Patrick has served on the FBI’s CJIS Advisory Policy Board, security access subcommittee where he served as the Chair of the Cloud Computing Taskforce focused on driving compliant adoption of cloud technologies by criminal justice agencies nationwide. During his time at the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Patrick not only built a comprehensive cybersecurity program but was directly tested by one of the largest hacktivist attacks against law enforcement in U.S. history which later served as the foundation of his academic research and dissertation. Patrick holds a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and a Doctor of Information Technology with a specialization in Cybersecurity.

  • Harry Perper | The MITRE Corporation
    Harry Perper | The MITRE Corporation

    Harry Perper is the Chief Engineer at NIST’s National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research & Development Center (FFRDC), operated by The MITRE Corporation. In his role as Chief Engineer, Harry is responsible providing quality oversight across dozens of cybersecurity lab projects and influencing the FFRDC’s forward-looking research investment opportunities. NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a collaborative hub which identifies pressing cybersecurity challenges with industry and builds modular, end-to-end integration solutions using commercially available products to demonstrate standards-based cybersecurity. At the NCCoE, Harry helps guide more than 40 of cybersecurity engineers as they work through the development of cybersecurity reference designs and lab implementations. Prior to his support of the NCCoE, Harry worked at MITRE’s Center for National Security, leading teams focused on evaluating a range of cyber technologies for the US Department of Defense. Before his career at MITRE, Harry worked in the telecommunications industry in various capacities including operations, engineering and marketing.

  • Christian O. Hunt | New Context Services
    Christian O. Hunt | New Context Services

    Christian O. Hunt has a technical career spanning over 30 years. He has developed security solutions for various private sector and government organizations. He is a former vulnerability researcher and long­time hacker specializing in reverse­ engineering, malware analysis and esoteric hardware security with a focus on RF­ based side­ channel attacks. Mr. Hunt created, and helped to create, several fraud analysis and security monitoring systems while a member of the Technical Staff of the Global Information Security organization at eBay. Mr. Hunt is currently a Principal Security Engineer with New Context. He serves as a subject matter expert on the California Energy Systems for the 21st Century project (CES­21). The CES­21 project is overseen by the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Idaho National Labs, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the California Public Utilities Commission.

  • Rachel Swanson | Arizona Public Service
    Rachel Swanson | Arizona Public Service

    Rachel Swanson is a Senior Cybersecurity Analyst within Arizona Public Services’ (APS) Cybersecurity group. Rachel is responsible for compliance oversight of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Bulk Electric Cyber System Information (BCSI) and the protection of company data. She has also worked closely with vendor risk management, CIP patch management, and security vulnerability assessments. Prior to joining APS, Rachel worked at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as a cybersecurity analyst. Rachel holds a BSc from Colorado State University and an ISACA CRISC Risk Management certification.

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