8th Annual Energy Cybersecurity Summit keynote speakers announced
Richard Clarke, Seán Paul McGurk and Honorable Patricia Hoffman featured at Portland security conference
Sept. 17, 2012 - PRLog -- PORTLAND — Energy Sector Security Consortium (EnergySec), a non-profit corporation, will present a celebrated lineup of keynote speakers for 8th Annual EnergySec Security Summit, to be held September 25-28, 2012, in Portland, Oregon. Obtain unique perspectives on energy sector cybersecurity challenges and solutions by EnergySec’s three distinguished speakers.
Opening Keynote Session, September 26, 2012 – Richard Clarke, Chairman | Good Harbor Security
Richard A. Clarke is an internationally recognized expert on security, including homeland security, national security, cybersecurity, and counter-terrorism. He is currently Chairman of Good Harbor Security Risk Management, an on-air consultant for ABC News and teaches at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Clarke served the last three Presidents as a senior White House Advisor. Over the course of an unprecedented 11 consecutive years of White House service, he held several titles, including Special Advisor to the President for Cybersecurity.
Prior to his White House years, Mr. Clarke served for 19 years in the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community, and State Department. During the Reagan Administration, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence. During the George H.W. Bush Administration, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs and coordinated diplomatic efforts to support the 1990-1991 Gulf War and the subsequent security arrangements.
Mr. Clarke is also a best-selling author, and is the author of Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror, Breakpoint, Scorpion’s Gate, Your Government Failed You, and Cyber War- The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It.
Thursday Closing Keynote Session, September 27, 2012 – Seán Paul McGurk, Managing Principal, Industrial Control Systems | Verizon
Mr. McGurk is currently the Managing Principal for Verizon Investigative Response with extensive experience in Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIKR) and National Security Operations Center management. His primary focus is leading the Investigative Response (IR) capability for Industrial Control, automated and embedded systems security.
Prior to joining Verizon Mr. McGurk served in several roles in the federal government, military and private sector focusing on information assurance and cybersecurity. He has over 33 years of experience in advanced systems operation and information systems security. Mr. McGurk served as a member of the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service (SES) while at the Department of Homeland Security as the Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). While at DHS he also served as the Director of the Control Systems Security Program and established the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). For several years he worked as an arms control inspector for the Department of Defense where he conducted numerous inspections throughout the Soviet Union and subsequent Commonwealth of Independent States in accordance with the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF), the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaties.
Town Hall Meeting Keynote Session, September 27, 2012 – Honorable Patricia Hoffman, Assistant Secretary, OE | U.S. Department of Energy
Patricia Hoffman was named Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the United States Department of Energy (DOE) in June 2010 after serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for OE since November 2007. Assistant Secretary Hoffman provides leadership on a national level on electric grid modernization, enhancing the security and reliability of the energy infrastructure and facilitating recovery from disruptions to the energy supply. This is critical to meeting the nation’s growing demand for reliable electricity by overcoming the challenges of our nation’s aging electricity transmission and distribution system and addressing the vulnerabilities in our energy supply chain.
Ms. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
The Energy Sector Security Consortium, Inc. (EnergySec) is a United States 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to support organizations within the energy sector in securing their critical technology infrastructures. We support information sharing and collaborative programs and projects that improve the cyber security posture of these organizations.
EnergySec is a community of information security, physical security, audit, disaster recovery and business continuity professionals from energy industry utilities. Participation is international, including all regions throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. EnergySec operates many programs, events and technology solutions designed to help improve the security posture of the energy sector.
About the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization
The National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization (NESCO) is the first public-private partnership of its kind in the electric sector. NESCO serves as a focal point bringing together utilities, federal agencies, regulators, researchers, and academics. This group, along with domestic and international experts, developers, and users help to focus cybersecurity research and development priorities, to identify and disseminate effective common practices, and organize the collection, analysis and dissemination of infrastructure vulnerabilities and threats. NESCO works to identify and support efforts to enhance cybersecurity of the electric infrastructure.
NESCO is an independent public-private partnership operated by EnergySec with funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy. Visit the NESCO Website here – http://www.us-
Additional details about the 8th Annual EnergySec Security Summit and our celebrated lineup of keynote speakers are available online at http://grids.ec/
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