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About Us

The Energy Sector Security Consortium, Inc. (EnergySec) is a United States 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed to support energy sector organizations with the security of their critical technology infrastructures.

Through our membership program, we support collaborative initiatives and projects that help enhance the cybersecurity resiliency of these organizations

Today, our community includes individuals from a broad range of utilities, industry product and service vendors, academic institutions, national labs, regulatory organizations, and government entities, with formal membership representing 160 electric utilities having headquarters in 25 states and operations in several others.

In addition to our formal membership, numerous other utilities participate in our community events and educational programs. Our membership and participation ranges from the largest utilities in North America to small local utilities with less than 250 employees.

Our humble beginnings,

The foundation of EnergySec was established nearly two decades ago as relationships formed between a group of information security, physical security, disaster recovery and business continuity professionals from energy organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Initially, a small group met for lunch to discuss the security challenges they were all facing. The idea was simple, share common security practices for the purpose of learning from each other.

As news spread about the lunch meetings, more people wanted to join and it quickly outgrew the informal setting. EnergySec Northwest, better known as E-Sec NW, was formed in early 2004. An online forum and quarterly meetings were established to give security professionals more time together and better ways to share information with each other.

In 2005, E-Sec NW hosted its first annual summit. The two-day event was a success from the beginning. There was no other meeting of its kind being held at the time. The summit promoted open and honest dialog, creative ideas, and collaborative solutions designed to benefit as many as possible. The summit especially appealed to the “boots on the ground” security practitioners who, prior to this time, had found themselves isolated at their respective organizations.

As interest continued to grow across North America the “northwest” was dropped from the name to embrace the burgeoning role as a national information sharing organization for the energy sector. Attendance at the annual summit continued to grow every year and new relationships developed with product and service vendors, government agencies and academic institutions.

Leadership
Steven Parker
Steven Parker
President of EnergySec & Chairman of the Board
Steven Parker, CISA, CISSP, is a founding director of EnergySec. He has been engaged in critical infrastructure protection within the electric sector for more than 14 years, including eight years as a senior security staff member at a large west coast utility. He was also one of the original NERC CIP auditors for the WECC region. He has been with EnergySec full-time since 2010.
Stacy Bresler
Stacy Bresler
Vice President of EnergySec & Board of Advisors
Stacy Bresler is a founding director of EnergySec. Mr. Bresler has served as cybersecurity manager for PacifiCorp, with previous experience at U.S. Bancorp, Hewlett-Packard, Conoco Oil and Chevron. He was also part of the team of NERC CIP auditors that helped establish the regional reliability audit program. He has devoted the past 15 years to the electric sector cybersecurity profession.
Twila Denham
Twila Denham
Managing Director of Operations and Workforce Development
Twila Denham is a talented educator and administrator with nearly 30 years of experience in education, most recently as the Principal and Administrator for a K-12 private school. She holds a B.A. in Education and Biblical Studies. Twila joined EnergySec full-time in July 2015 to lead our workforce development programs.
Staff
Mary Parker
Mary Parker
Financial Administrator and Membership Outreach Coordinator
Mary does our bookkeeping and invoicing as well as sponsorship outreach for our events and membership outreach coordination. She brings to energySec her expertise as an Executive Assistant who co-ordinated events in the educational realm.
Kim Zimmerman
Kim Zimmerman
NERC CIP Specialist
Kim joined EnergySec in early 2015 after internships at both EnergySec and Portland General Electric. She holds an AAS in Cybersecurity and Networking. Kim focuses her time on NERC CIP, attending numerous industry events and assisting with the publication of our CIP Newsletter.
Kristen Bresler
Kristen Bresler
Event Coordination
Kristen is responsible for the logistics of our events. She works with the hotels on everything from room blocks to menu selections to AV equipment. Kristen’s “behind-the-scenes” work ensures that the event is a success.
Halay Heinze
Halay Heinze
Project & Marketing Coordinator
Haley joined EnergySec in August 2017, after completing her summer internship through Mt. Hood Community College. She has over 10 years of previous experience in Administrative and Production Support. Haley is the project manager for our workforce grant, social media communications, marketing materials, and event outreach.
Andrew Zambrano
Andrew Zambrano
Cybersecurity Analyst II
Andrew joined EnergySec after a successful internship in 2015. He recently received an AAS in Cybersecurity and Networking and also holds an AA in General Education. Andrew is a five-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Board of Directors
Steven Parker
Steven Parker
President of EnergySec & Chairman of the Board
Steven Parker, CISA, CISSP, is a founding director of EnergySec. He has been engaged in critical infrastructure protection within the electric sector for more than 14 years, including eight years as a senior security staff member at a large west coast utility. He was also one of the original NERC CIP auditors for the WECC region. He has been with EnergySec full-time since 2010.
Stacy Bresler
Stacy Bresler
Vice President of EnergySec & Board of Advisors
Stacy Bresler is a founding director of EnergySec. Mr. Bresler has served as cybersecurity manager for PacifiCorp, with previous experience at U.S. Bancorp, Hewlett-Packard, Conoco Oil and Chevron. He was also part of the team of NERC CIP auditors that helped establish the regional reliability audit program. He has devoted the past 15 years to the electric sector cybersecurity profession.
Patrick Miller
Patrick Miller
President Emeritus, EnergySec
Patrick Miller is a security executive who has dedicated his career to the protection and defense of the nation’s critical energy infrastructure. He is the founder of EnergySec, and currently its President Emeritus. This nonprofit information sharing organization began as a few colleagues meeting for lunch and has grown into a nationwide effort to promote sound security principles in the energy industry.
Samara Moore
Samara Moore
As a former Senior Manager within Exelon Corporate Information Security Services, Samara Moore focused on partnering across the enterprise to manage cyber security risks to Exelon’s critical infrastructure functions. Mrs. Moore led the Industrial Control Systems SCADA Cyber Security Program and was a key manager supporting the NERC CIP compliance program. Mrs. Moore joined Exelon after 10 years in the federal government where, as a member of the White House National Security Council Staff, she served as the Director for Cybersecurity Critical Infrastructure Protection. Samara is currently the Security Assurance- Regulated Industries Senior Manager at Amazon Web Services.
Karl Perman
Karl Perman
Mr. Perman has held security leadership positions in the energy sector including Exelon Corporation and Southern California Edison. Karl developed a security practice during his service as the first Director of Security for the North American Transmission Forum. He served in law enforcement roles at the municipal and federal levels prior to entering the private sector. He also served in military intelligence and military police units in the U. S. Army Reserves.cMr. Perman has a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Law and Government from Eastern Michigan University.
Board of Advisors

Jamshíd Afnán | Vice President of Information and Cyber Security Services, ISO, New England, INC.

Michael Ball | Chief Information Security Officer, Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Jeff Brausieck | Chief Information Security Officer, City of Seattle

Mark Brooks | Chief Information Security Officer, PPL

Kenneth Carnes | Vice President and Chief of Information Security Officer of NYPA

Roman Coba | Chief Information Officer, Emera INC.

Keri Glitch | Vice President – Cisco at Midcontinent ISO

Bryan Kearney | Independent

Branndon Kelley | Chief Information Officer, American Municipal Power

Karen Mincey| Vice President, Information Technology & Telecommunications and CIO, Teco Energy

Christopher Peters | Vice President & Chief Security Officer, Entergy

Joseph Santamaria | Vice President – Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, PSEG

James Dean (JD) Senger | Chief Information Security Officer, Oncor Electric

Eric Slavinsky | Chief Information Offier, PPL Corporation

Thomas Wilson | Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Southern Company

Mike Mertz | Vice President and Chief Information Officer, PNM Resources, INC.

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