About: Bios


Mike Assante

Michael Assante was the founder of the ICS curriculum, ICS & SCADA Lead, and Director of Industrials and Infrastructure at SANS Institute.  As a leader in the ICS security community for more than 20 years, Mike brought a focused passion for securing organizations that make, move, and power our world. He also served as a Senior Associate with the Strategic Technologies Program for CSIS. Prior to joining SANS, Assante served as VP and CSO at American Electric Power, was a strategist at the Idaho National Labs, and the first CSO at NERC. He testified on cybersecurity matters before the US House and Senate and was an initial member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. Assante also co-led the international steering committee that created the most widely respected industrial control systems security skills certification program, the GICSP.  His work in ICS security was widely recognized and he was selected by his peers as the recipient of Information Security Magazine's Security Leadership Award for his efforts as a strategic thinker. The RSA 2005 Conference awarded him its Outstanding Achievement Award in the practice of security within an organization.  Mike’s influence on the ICS community continues as the SANS ICS team works to implement his vision of leading the way for workforce development in the field of ICS and SCADA security.

Tim Conway

Technical Director - ICS and SCADA programs at SANS, responsible for developing, reviewing, and implementing technical components of the SANS ICS and SCADA product offerings. Formerly, the Director of CIP Compliance and Operations Technology at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), responsible for Operations Technology, NERC CIP Compliance, and the NERC training environments for the operations departments within NIPSCO Electric. Previously, an EMS Computer Systems Engineer at NIPSCO for eight years, with responsibility over the control system servers and the supporting network infrastructure. Former Chair of the RFC CIPC, Chair of the NERC CIP Interpretation Drafting Team, Chair of the NERC CIPC GridEx Working Group, and Chair of the NBISE Smart Grid Cyber Security panel.

Ted Gutierrez

Ted Gutierrez, CISSP, GICSP, and GCIH, is the SANS ICS Curriculum and Utility Product Manager helping to ensure our ICS-focused training exceeds expectations and fully addresses the learning needs of our students charged with supporting critical ICS systems. He is also co-author of SANS ICS456 - Essentials for NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection designed to help entities achieve the cybersecurity and compliance objectives of NERC CIP.

Mr. Gutierrez has over twenty-five years of business and operations experience supporting the electric utility, airline, automotive, and wood product manufacturing industries. Most recently, he was the Director of Operations Technology & NERC Compliance at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) responsible for NERC 693 and CIP program development, standards compliance, and the support of the related operations technology ICS and SCADA systems.

"This is best-in-class NERC CIP training. The courseware provides valuable compliance approaches and software tools for peer collaboration to build consent on implementation" - Jeff Mantong, WAPA

"An excellent course that identifies CIP implementation through audit response" - Kevin Money, Iroquois Gas