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Michael Assante is the SANS lead for Industrial Control System (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) security.
He served as Vice President and Chief Security Officer, American Electric Power, engaged in research to include the Idaho National Laboratory vulnerability of electric generators to destruction through remote cyberattack, and served as the first Chief Security Officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), where he oversaw industry-wide implementation of cybersecurity standards across the continent.
Assante has testified before the U.S. Senate and House, and he was an initial member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. White House cybersecurity czars and intelligence and military agencies have relied on his counsel for more than 20 years. Assante coauthored the authoritative summary of events in the cyberattacks against power utilities in Ukraine.
To toughen defenses against attacks on industrial control systems, Assante co-led the international steering committee that defined critical skills, developed measurement tools to assess mastery of those skills, and created the most widely respected industrial control systems security skills certification program – the Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) program – which is now used in 30 countries to ensure control systems engineers and IT security staff have the core skills needed for strengthening defenses against cyber attacks.
Assante’s work in ICS security has been widely recognized throughout the industry, and he was selected by his peers as the winner of Information Security Magazine’s security leadership award for his efforts as a strategic thinker, and the RSA 2005 Conference awarded him with its outstanding achievement award in the practice of security within an organization.
Before his career in security, Assante served in various naval intelligence and information warfare roles, developing and giving presentations on the latest technology and security threats to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Director of the National Security Agency, and other leading government officials. In 1997, he was honored as a Naval Intelligence Officer of the Year.
He is also the Director of the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), an independent industry group, which was founded by major retail chains in 2000 to help them scientifically improve their loss prevention results. Today, the LPRC includes more than 100 major corporate members (including 44 U.S., Canadian, and Australian retail chains) working together with scientists in 10 working groups on significant crime and loss control issues. Members include Bloomingdales, Home Depot, Target, Walgreens, Best Buy, P&G, Publix, Office Depot, Walmart, Macy’s, Best Buy, Kroger, Kay Jewelers, Lowes, CVS, eBay, TJ Maxx/Marshall’s and AutoZone.
The LPRC also conducts an annual Impact conference for more than 300 asset protection executives, provides monthly research webinars, a weekly news email, and has assembled more than 70 LP technologies for integration in its Crime and Loss Control Innovation Lab, as well as more than 300 keyword-searchable research reports in its LPRC Knowledge Center.
Hayes started his security career as a store detective in retail loss prevention, and he has more than 30 years of hands-on crime and loss control experience working with organizations worldwide. He co-founded the University of Florida’s globally used National Retail Security Survey in 1989, and has conducted more than 100 crime control research reports. He has spoken at more than 150 conferences, and is the author of more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, 150 magazine articles and four top-selling books, including Retail Security and Loss Prevention, 2nd Ed. Hayes provides crime prevention expertise to industry outlets and global news sources, including The New York Times, FoxNews, CNN, NBC, NPR, Bloomberg/BusinessWeek, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine and the BBC.
Ronnell Higgins has served as Chief of Police at Yale University since 2011, and in 2015, he was also named Director of Public Safety. Throughout his 20-year career with Yale, he has been instrumental in significantly reducing crime, twice breaking all-time records for crime reduction at Yale. Higgins has a reputation for driving sustainable initiatives that continue to ensure a safe campus and community by preventing crime, championing exceptional relationships and building community trust through collaboration with members of both the University and City of New Haven communities.
Higgins has introduced a number of programs that directly impact safety on campus, from his weekly BlueStat meetings with focused operational and solutions-oriented reviews with staff to promoting a culture of collaboration and communication with leaders city-wide. He has benchmarked key strategies that deliver exceptional value at Yale University, and he has advanced the training and professional development of security officers and security managers, as well as fully integrated and maximized the use of public safety systems throughout campus.
Very active in the community and the industry, Higgins was appointed Commissioner for the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System by Connecticut State Senator Martin Looney, and he was appointed a member of the Police Officers Standards and Training Council by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. Higgins is an Executive Fellow with the Police Foundation and serves as an Executive Board Member with Project Youth Court, a restorative justice program for juveniles. Higgins is a past-president of the South Central Connecticut Chiefs of Police and serves on the executive board for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) for Connecticut. Higgins also served as a team member on the Police Foundation Team that conducted the assessment of the Saint Louis County Police Department following the unrest in Ferguson, Mo.
Higgins holds a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense & Security, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of New Haven. He is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy and holds a certificate in Law Enforcement Education from the University of Virginia. He successfully completed the Crisis Leadership in Higher Education seminar at Harvard’s Kennedy Graduate School of Education, and he is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven.
Stan Skipworth is the Director of Campus Safety for the Claremont University Consortium serving the Claremont Colleges, which include: Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences.
One of the largest advancements within the consortium has been the significant growth on "campus-oriented public safety" programs – the local version of community-oriented policing, Skipworth says. Through these efforts, Claremont has dramatically expanded training and operations activity with local law enforcement agencies, which has led to significant declines in reported crimes, most notably in thefts.
A past-president of the California Association of Councils of Governments and former Mayor of the City or Corona, California (population 160,000), Skipworth served on its City Council from 2006-2014.
He currently serves as the Legislative Liaison for the California College and University Police Chiefs Association, in addition to serving as the Vice President for Communications and Professional Development for the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators. Over the past year, Skipworth provided a speaking series across the country where he facilitated a dialog on pursuing national standards for campus public safety professionals.
He is also Police Chief Emeritus of California State University, Long Beach, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy 197th Session, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Leadership in Crisis program, and the Diamond6 Leadership Institute, among other professional learnings.
Stan and his wife Michell have eight children, and for their continued support of young people in the Southern California region, they have been honored by several organizations, including the Angels in Adoption Award presented by the U.S. Congress.
Joel Fulton is Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of big data analytics software company Splunk. In this role, he is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring a strategic, comprehensive enterprise security and risk management program to ensure the integrity, confidentiality and availability of information owned, controlled or processed by Splunk.
As CISO, Fulton’s goals align with Splunk’s primary goal: to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable, but adding the instincts and experience from the security team to make timely decisions to affect the enterprise’s reputation, growth and longevity. Fulton emphasizes the "boring, solid and reliable" aspects of information security, aiming for the majority of his team’s work to be driven by fundamentals: patching, segmentation, encryption, training and classification, which add up to the persistence and dedication to protect customers’ investment.
Fulton quotes Bruce Lee: "I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."
Fulton began and led a security consulting practice for 10 years before building and leading security and risk management teams at Starbucks, Boeing, Google and Symantec. His industry certifications and trainings include SANS Security Leadership Certificate (GSLC), Certified HIPAA Security Specialist (CHSS), Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), among others.
He is a frequent speaker at external conferences and customer events on the topics of cybersecurity and how to best manage security for global companies. Fulton is dedicated to helping others learn about opportunities and careers in the information security industry, seeking out educational conferences outside of industry standards, including UNCF job fairs, kids’ school programs and career transition groups, as well as the Year Up program, a one-year intensive program that provides urban young adults with the skills, experience and support to empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.
Fulton has earned a doctorate in Information Security and Assurance from Capella University, a Master of Science in Information Security from Capella University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Excelsior College. He is a member and active supporter of organizations such as ACM, ISACA, IEEE, SANS, ASIS International, HCTIA and others.
Brian Harrell, CPP, is a nationally recognized expert of critical infrastructure protection, continuity of operations and enterprise security risk management. He is currently Vice President of Security at AlertEnterprise, a Silicon Valley-based technology and advisory firm, where he provides critical infrastructure companies with consultation on risk mitigation, protective measures and compliance guidance.
Advising utilities throughout North America, Harrell has worked to increase physical and cybersecurity mitigation measures designed to deter, detect and defend critical energy systems. In his current role, he provides strategic counsel and thought-leadership for the security and resiliency of the power grid, and has helped entities identify and understand emerging threats.
Prior to joining AlertEnterprise, Harrell was the Director of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC), and he was charged with leading NERC’s efforts to provide timely threat information to more than 1,900 bulk power system owners, operators and government stakeholders.
During his time at NERC, Harrell was also the Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs, where he led the creation of the Grid Security Exercise, provided leadership to Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) staff, and initiated security training and outreach designed to help utilities harden their infrastructure from attack.
Previously, Harrell was a program manager with the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he specialized in securing high-risk chemical facilities and providing compliance guidance for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS).
For nearly a decade, Harrell served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Infantryman and Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection Instructor, where he conducted threat and vulnerability assessments for Department of Defense installations.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Hawaii Pacific University, a Master of Education degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Homeland Security degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Kiersten Todt is President and Managing Partner of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC, where she develops risk and crisis management solutions for cybersecurity, infrastructure, homeland security, emergency management and higher education clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Todt advises senior executives and boards on cyber risk management, including the development and execution of tabletop exercises and relevant senior-level education and training programs.
She is the Resident Scholar in Washington, D.C., at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security, and she serves on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Board for the State of Rhode Island. She is also the Managing Director of the Cyber Readiness Institute, a non-profit focused on cyber risk management for small and medium-sized businesses.
Todt most recently served as the Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. In this capacity, Todt was responsible for convening six public Commission meetings and leading the 12 commissioners – leaders from industry, government, academia and law enforcement – to develop a consensus document of cybersecurity requirements for the incoming Administration.
She was a member of the team supporting the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the development of the voluntary Cybersecurity Framework. She has served in senior positions in both the executive and legislative branches of government.
Todt served as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, working for Committee Chairman, Senator Joseph Lieberman, and she was responsible for drafting the cybersecurity, infrastructure protection, emergency preparedness, bioterror and science and technology directorates of the legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security. Before working in the Senate, Todt served in the Office of the Vice President on domestic policy issues and was responsible for coordinating federal resources with locally-defined needs, specifically focusing on energy and housing issues.
Todt also served Director Barry R. McCaffrey on demand reduction issues in the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Todt graduated from Princeton University with a degree in public policy from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and was selected to be a Presidential Management Fellow in 1999.
James Trainor is Senior Vice President within Aon’s Cyber Solutions Network. He is helping to shape Aon’s overall cyber strategy on behalf of clients, working closely with colleagues across technology, system integration, risk transfer and advisory to ensure a holistic and integrated approach.
Within his current role, Trainor is helping to develop the cyber business within Aon by collaborating with the Stroz Friedberg team and the Aon cyber team to produce a collaborative produce they can work on as one group. He also uses presentations to deliver risk mitigation and cyber risk messaging to various audiences, providing insight into the different tools and solutions Aon can provide to prevent and fight a cyberattack.
Prior to joining Aon, Trainor had a distinguished career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he most recently led the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters.
Trainor played a critical role in devising the FBI’s national strategy to combat cybercrime and was the senior FBI executive responsible for all cyber investigations. During his three-year tenure in the Cyber Division, Trainor led FBI Agents and Analysts in every major high-profile cyber investigation involving the FBI.
He joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1996. During his 20-year FBI career, he served in both overseas and domestic assignments focused on cyber, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, intelligence and criminal matters. He has served in field assignments in Chicago; New Haven, Connecticut; Boston, New York City and at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Trainor is a graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and he obtained a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut. He completed a Chief Information Security Officer certificate program from Carnegie Mellon University and has GIAC certifications in GISP, GSLC and GISF.
He is the recipient of the 2016 Presidential Rank Award and the 2016 FCW Federal 100 in Information Technology. He is currently on the Public Sector Advisory Council for Palo Alto Networks.
Prior to joining the FBI, Trainor was a military intelligence officer for the U.S. Army.