ICS Instructors

Justin Searle

Justin Searle

Justin Searle is a Managing Partner of UtiliSec, specializing in Smart Grid security architecture design and penetration testing. Justin led the Smart Grid Security Architecture group in the creation of NIST Interagency Report 7628 and played key roles in the Advanced Security Acceleration Project for the Smart Grid (ASAP-SG). He currently leads the testing group at the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Resources (NESCOR). Justin has taught courses in hacking techniques, forensics, networking, and intrusion detection for multiple universities, corporations, and security conferences. Mr. Searle is currently a Senior instructor for the SANS Institute. In addition to electric power industry conferences, Justin frequently presents at top international security conferences such as Black Hat, DEFCON, OWASP, Nullcon, and AusCERT. Justin co-leads prominent open source projects including the Samurai Web Testing Framework (SamuraiWTF), the Samurai Security Testing Framework for Utilities (SamuraiSTFU), Middler, Yokoso!, and Laudanum. Justin has an MBA in International Technology and is a CISSP and SANS GIAC certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), and Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT).

Here is What Students Say About Justin Searle:

"Justin was great. He's an excellent speaker and kept me interested throughout. Very knowledgeable on content!" - Matt Laba, Gibson Energy

"Justin is awesome. Probably one of the best security instructors in the world!" - Ernie Hayden, Securicon

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Robert M. Lee

Robert M. Lee

SANS certified instructor Robert M. Lee brings to the classroom one of the most valuable and respected of credentials: real-world experience. Robert is the CEO and founder of his own company, Dragos, Inc., that provides cyber security solutions for industrial control system networks. Consider the 2015 attack on the Ukraine power grid when for the first time in history a power grid went down due to an intentional cyberattack. Robert and a few others formed a specialized team to analyze the event and passed information to the impacted parties as well as the U.S. government and private sector. "I was the first in the industry to publicly confirm the attack and wrote the industry standard report on the attack exploring how it occurred, the lessons learned, and what must be done to protect other infrastructure sites," Robert says. He and his team also analyzed the malware from the 2016 cyber attack on Ukraine's Kiev substation and dubbed it CRASHOVERRIDE as the first ever malware tailored to specifically disrupt electric grid operations.

That experience is what forms his teaching philosophy. "I make it my teaching philosophy to constantly bring in new material into the classroom through my personal experiences and the successes and failures of those I've seen in the industry," says Robert. This augments the traditional classroom material students receive to ensure they get the most relevant and cutting-edge concepts in the industry. But Robert's real-world experience also keeps things interesting. "I enjoy telling and sharing in case studies and stories from the field, looping in bigger concepts into the technical material, and setting a humorous tone so that no matter the seriousness of the topic we all have fun together."

Robert got his start in information security making small control systems for humanitarian missions. He joined the United States Air Force and became a cyberspace warfare operations officer in the U.S. intelligence community. In that role, he created and led a mission examining nation-states targeting ICS, the first mission of its kind in the U.S. intelligence community. For Robert, that intermixing of defense, intrusion analysis, and threat intelligence provided the ultimate thrill.

Robert has worked offense, defense, and intelligence in various government teams. "My time on the offense helped me better appreciate defense and how sometimes we simply get it wrong: defense is not necessarily harder than offense and there are many opportunities we have to defend and make the world a better place," he says.

Robert joined SANS for myriad reasons. He had long been aware of the organization, and followed the career and workings of SANS fellow and DFIR curriculum lead Rob Lee. Also, ongoing encouragement to attend SANS conferences and consider teaching from a number of friends and colleagues such as Dave Shackelford convinced him to give it SANS a shot. His first pitch - a five-day class on identifying and responding to industrial control systems (ICS) attacks - was well-received, and as Robert says, "the rest is history." Today he teaches SANS ICS515: ICS Active Defense and Incident Response, the industry's first and only incident response and threat hunting class for ICS and FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence, the industry standard course for threat intelligence training. "The SANS family is amazing, the students are world class, and teaching is what keeps me constantly refreshed and excited in the industry."

In fact, authoring ICS515 and FOR578 have been highlights in his career, Robert says. Industrial control system security as well as cyber threat intelligence are both exciting topics that receive a lot of hype and misconceptions. "I love destroying hype while giving the students the most blunt and actionable information possible," Robert explains, adding that his experiences "gives me a robust view into the problem space and the solutions needed at various levels. My experiences and hard work have afforded me the chance to significantly advance students' skill sets and the way they view the problem."

Central to helping students succeed in their day-to-day careers is ensuring that they understand the big picture, Robert says. That's more than just understanding what command to run on a specific tool or how to use that tool during an incident. Its' about know the larger context of a security strategy is, all its moving pieces, and how to use analysis to help fill knowledge gaps. "This ensures that students who take my classes are not only technically prepared but are also prepared to think differently about the hard challenges their organizations must face when facing the adversary," says Robert.

Robert has a master's degree in cybersecurity and computer forensics from Utica College as well as cyber and warfare training through the U.S. Air Force, and he's pursuing his doctorate in war studies from King's College London. He was named one of Forbes' 30 under 30 in Enterprise Technology in 2016, was awarded EnergySec's 2015 Cyber Security Professional of the Year and named one of Passcode's "Influencers."

Outside of teaching, Robert enjoys running his company Dragos and working with customers in the industrial community. "It allows me to constantly stay relevant, challenge and grow my skills, and directly help people." He also enjoys writing papers and blogs for the industry, and looks for opportunities to travel, snowboard, and play a Steam game or two whenever he can.

Qualifications Summary

Get to Know Robert M. Lee

Publications and Papers

Awards and Honors

  • 2016: Forbes' 30 under 30 in the area of Enterprise Technology
  • 2015: Energy Sector Cyber Security Professional of the Year, awarded by EnergySec
  • 2014: Colonel Sparky Baird Award, awarded by AFCEA
  • 2014: Air Force Association Gill Robb Wilson Award - Air Force Nominee
  • 2013: Air Force Association Gill Robb Wilson Award - Air Force Nominee
  • 2013: AF Information Dominance Award for Outstanding Cyberspace Operations CGO - 693 ISR Gp
  • 2013: Junior Officer (Operator Category) of the Year - Europe/Africa
  • 2013: Military Performer of the Year - Threat Operations Center
  • 2013: CGO of the Year - 693d ISR Gp
  • 2012: Distinguished Young AFCEAN Officer - Central Europe
  • 2012: Outstanding ISR Officer Contributor of the Year - 693rd ISR Group
  • 2011: AFCEA Intelligence Professional of the Year - 693 ISR Group

Here is What Students Say About Robert M. Lee:

"Real-world practical insight and the technical skills and tools to create meaningful change." - Billy Glen, Pacific Gas & Electric

"Great teaching style - humor - keeps the atmosphere light." - Tim Sanguinett, NCPA

"Good pace, kept things moving, stayed enthusiastic the entire day." - Michael Nowatkowsk, Army Cyber Institute

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Dr. Eric Cole

Dr. Eric Cole

Dr. Cole is an industry-recognized security expert with over 20 years of hands-on experience. Dr. Cole has experience in information technology with a focus on helping customers focus on the right areas of security by building out a dynamic defense. Dr. Cole has a master's degree in computer science from NYIT and a doctorate from Pace University with a concentration in information security. He served as CTO of McAfee and Chief Scientist for Lockheed Martin. Dr. Cole is the author of several books, including Advanced Persistent Threat, Hackers Beware, Hiding in Plain Sight, Network Security Bible 2nd Edition, and Insider Threat. He is the inventor of over 20 patents and is a researcher, writer, and speaker. He is also a member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th President and several executive advisory boards. Dr. Cole is the founder and an executive leader at Secure Anchor Consulting where he provides leading-edge cyber security consulting services, expert witness work, and leads research and development initiatives to advance the state-of-the-art in information systems security. Dr. Cole was the lone inductee into the InfoSec European Hall of Fame in 2014. Dr. Cole is actively involved with the SANS Technology Institute (STI) and is a SANS faculty Fellow and course author who works with students, teaches, and develops and maintains courseware.

Here is What Students Say About Eric Cole:

"Best teacher I've had. Eric's passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge make learning about cyber security an experience instead of just a class." - Adrian Perez, Australian Tax Office

"Dr. Eric Cole is a phenomenal instructor. He can talk to you about any level in the IT stack - from tech to exec." - Christopher E. Bell, Tower Hill Insurance Group, LLC

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Graham Speake

Graham Speake

Graham Speake is Vice President and Chief Product Architect at NexDefense. Previously to NexDefense, he was Principal Systems Architect for Yokogawa Electric Corporation, ISCI Marketing Chair, and an IEC62443 editor. Graham is an engineer with over 30 years' experience, the last 16 of which have been in the industrial cyber security arena for both end user companies and vendors. Graham has spent 10 years in BP looking at control systems security in both upstream and downstream business areas. Additionally, he has 5 years' experience in designing safety systems at Industrial Control Services.

Graham is the author of a number of books and frequent contributor to magazine articles.

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Eric Cornelius

Eric Cornelius

Eric Cornelius is the Director of Critical Infrastructure and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) at Cylance, Inc. where he is responsible for thought leadership, architecture, and consulting implementations. Eric brings a wealth of ICS knowledge and his leadership keeps organizations safe, secure, and resilient against advanced attackers. 
Previously, Eric served as the Deputy Director and Chief Technical Analyst for the Control Systems Security Program at the US Department of Homeland Security. 
Eric earned a bachelor's degree from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology where he was the recipient of many scholarships and awards including the National Science Foundation's Scholarship for Service. 
Eric went on to work at the Army Research Laboratory's Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate where he worked to secure field-deployable combat technologies. It was at ARL that Cornelius became interested in non-traditional computing systems, an interest which ultimately led him to the Idaho National Laboratory where he participated in deep-dive vulnerability assessments of a wide range of ICS systems. 
Eric is the co-author of "Recommended Practice: Creating Cyber Forensics Plans for Control Systems" as part of the DHS National Cyber Security Division, Control Systems Security Program, 2008 and is also a frequent speaker and instructor at ICS events across the globe.

Here is What Students Say About Eric Cornelius:

"Eric is a fantastic teacher. He has in-depth knowledge and is very energetic and engaging." - Anonymous

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Matthew Luallen

Matthew Luallen

Matthew E. Luallen is a well-respected information professional, researcher, instructor, and author. Mr. Luallen serves as the president and co-founder of CYBATI, a strategic and practical educational and consulting company. CYBATI provides critical infrastructure and control system cybersecurity consulting, education, and awareness. Prior to incorporating CYBATI, Mr. Luallen served as a co-founder of Encari and provided strategic guidance for Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, within the Information Architecture and Cyber Security Program Office. In an effort to promote education and collaboration in information security, Mr. Luallen is an instructor and faculty member at several institutions. Mr. Luallen is adjunct faculty for DePaul University, teaching the Computer Information and Network Security Masters degree capstone course. He is also a certified instructor and CCIE for Cisco Systems, covering security technologies, such as firewalls, intrusion prevention, and virtual private networks, and general secure information architecture. As a certified instructor for the SANS Institute, Mr. Luallen teaches infrastructure architecture, wireless security, web application security, regulatory and standards compliance, and security essentials. Mr. Luallen is a graduate of National Technological University with a master's degree in computer science, and he also holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

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Tim Conway

Tim Conway

Tim serves as the Technical Director - ICS and SCADA programs at SANS, and is responsible for developing, reviewing, and implementing technical components of the SANS ICS and SCADA product offerings. Additionally, performing contract and consulting work in the areas of ICS cyber security with a focus on energy environments.

A recognized leader in CIP operations, he formerly served as the Director of CIP Compliance and Operations Technology at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), and was responsible for Operations Technology, NERC CIP Compliance, and the NERC training environments for the operations departments within NIPSCO Electric.

Recognizing the need for ICS focused cyber security training throughout critical infrastructure environments and an increased need for NERC CIP hands on training, Tim authored and instructs the ICS curriculums newest course ICS456 - Essentials for NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Outside of SANS, Tim continues to perform contract and consulting work in the areas of ICS cyber security with a focus on the energy sector.

Before accepting the opportunity to join SANS, Tim enjoyed a 15-year career with NIPSCO where he held management and leadership positions as well as EMS Computer Systems Engineer responsibilities over the control system servers and the supporting network infrastructure. During his career, Tim has served as the 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.

Here is What Students Say About Tim Conway:

"ICS456 is the best-in-class NERC CIP Training. The courseware provides the students valuable compliance approaches and software tools to take home for peer collaboration to build consent on entities CIP implementation gaps." - Jeff Manton, WAPA

"Tim Conway is able to convey information to the class very clearly and adds extra content pertinent to the discussion." - Anthony Napier, AES

 "ICS456 course prepares you for CIP, both technically and practically with a blend of experience and knowledge." - Art Conklin, UH

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Mark Bristow

Mark Bristow

Mark Bristow was born to work in information security as he found his first bug in an ICS system at the age of 10. As a teen he had a passion for technology and spent a lot of time exploring the possibilities on his computer. Once he realized he could make a career out of this passion, he jumped at the opportunity and earned a Computer Engineering degree from Penn State.

Mark loves the ever-changing landscape of security and views it as a puzzle that must be solved. He especially loves the challenges in ICS security as defending the systems where cyber meets physical means there is no greater success than a safe and effective process.

Currently Mark is the Chief of ICS-CERT Incident Response at the Department of Homeland Security where he leverages his expertise in incident response, industrial control systems, network monitoring and defense to support national security interests. In Mark's twelve- year security career he has also worked for SRA and Securicon where he supported a variety of private and public sector clients.

Mark's experience has led him to the path of sharing his knowledge and helping others learn to protect critical infrastructure. He loves teaching not only to help others, but because he learns something from his students in every class. Mark shares his real-world experiences with students so they can relate the information to scenarios in the field.

When Mark isn't defending ICS systems, he enjoys spending time with his family and scuba diving as much as possible.

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Kai Thomsen

Kai Thomsen

Kai has been working in various IT Security roles for more than 15 years. Currently he is the DFIR lead at the premium automaker AUDI AG. Kai also designs and runs Red Team exercises at Audi that integrate IT, business, and physical aspects.

Before Audi he worked for more than 12 years at the engineering company SMS Group where he designed and implemented defensible LANs as well as running DFIR in traditional IT and ICS environments.

Kai holds an MA in Computer Science and English and American Literature.

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Billy Rios

Billy Rios

Billy is an accomplished author and speaker. Billy is recognized as one of the world's most respected experts on emerging threats related to Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Critical Infrastructure (CI), and medical devices. He discovered thousands of security vulnerabilities in hardware and software supporting ICS and critical infrastructure. He has been publically credited by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over 50 times for his support to the DHS ICS Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT).  

Billy is the Founder of WhiteScope LLC which is known as a leading provider of deep security research, world class advisory services, and innovative security solutions.  Prior to venturing into entrepreneurship, Billy served in a number of roles that demonstrated increasing responsibility and security expertise. 

As the Director of Vulnerability Research and Threat Intelligence with Qualys, Billy led the development of product offerings for vulnerability research, threat intelligence, ICS/SCADA, and embedded security. Before Qualys, Billy led the Google front-line response for externally reported security issues and incidents.  Prior to Google, Billy was the Security Program Manager at Internet Explorer (Microsoft).  During his time at Microsoft, Billy led the company's response for several high-profile incidents, including the response for Operation Aurora. Before Microsoft, Billy worked as a penetration tester, an intrusion detection analyst, and served as an active duty Marine Corps Officer.

Billy currently holds an MBA from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University.  He was a contributing author for several publications including: Hacking, the Next Generation (O'Reilly), Inside Cyber Warfare (O'Reilly), and The Virtual Battle Field (IOS Press).

Here is What Students Say About Billy Rios:

"Billy is doing everything right! Bringing real life examples help with understanding the material." - Gina Mayfield, University of Delaware

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Paul A. Henry

Paul A. Henry

Paul Henry is a Senior Instructor with the SANS Institute and one of the world's foremost global information security and computer forensic experts with more than 30 years of experience covering all 10 domains of network security. Paul began his career in critical infrastructure / process control supporting power generation and currently manages security initiatives and incident response for Global 2000 enterprises and government organizations worldwide.

Paul is a principal at vNet Security, LLC and is keeping a finger on the pulse of network security as the security and forensic analyst at Lumension Security and as a retained security expert for multiple financial and healthcare firms.

Throughout his career, Paul has played a key strategic role in launching new network security initiatives to meet our ever-changing threat landscape. Paul also advises and consults on some of the world's most challenging and high-risk information security projects, including the National Banking System in Saudi Arabia, the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Department of Defense's Satellite Data Project (USA), and both government as well as telecommunications projects throughout Southeast Asia.

Paul is frequently cited by major and trade print publications as an expert in perimeter security, incident response / computer forensics and general security trends and serves as an expert commentator for network broadcast outlets, such as FOX, NBC, CNN, and CNBC. In addition, Paul regularly authors thought leadership articles on technical security issues, and his expertise and insight help shape the editorial direction of key security publications, such as the Information Security Management Handbook, where he is a consistent contributor. Paul serves as a featured and keynote speaker at seminars and conferences worldwide, delivering presentations on diverse topics including anti-forensics, network access control, cyber crime, DDoS attack risk mitigation, perimeter security, and incident response.

Listen to Paul discuss "Incident Response and Forensics in the Cloud" in this SANS webcast that every DFIR professional should listen to.

Here is What Students Say About Paul A. Henry:

"Paul is an excellent instructor, his experiences in the field of security makes this course even better." - Bhavesh Bhudia, Bloomberg, LP

"Paul is a fantastic instructor. I really liked his real-life stories and shared experiences." - Manuel Duron, VMWare

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Thomas Brandstetter

Thomas Brandstetter

A computer security expert with almost 20 years of hands-on experience, Prof. Thomas Brandstetter is already a veteran in his field of expertise, cyber security in the industrial sector. 

He is best known as the incident handler of Stuxnet for Siemens in 2010 as well as the founder of the Siemens Product Cyber Emergency Readiness Team, which is still one of the most effective industrial incident and vulnerability response teams worldwide today.

He currently divides his time on the one hand being managing director of Limes Security, a company specializing in top-notch industrial cyber security consulting and secure software development coaching, on the other as being Professor at the University of Applied Sciences St. Poelten, where he teaches various computer security courses at bachelor and master security degree programs. 

In addition, he is active instructor at the prestigious SANS technology institute, where he regularly teaches courses in the field of industrial control system security throughout Europe and the Middle East. He also was appointed recently as Honorary Professor of Cyber Security at the esteemed Faculty of Technology of DeMontfort University in Leicester, UK. 

Prof. Thomas Brandstetter presented numerous times at world-class security conferences such as Blackhat USA, Blackhat Europe and SANS ICS Summits. Besides those professional security conferences, Thomas also spoke at federal critical infrastructure conferences such as the BSI Summit or Meridian, or academic research-oriented conferences such as IFIP WG11.10, CIRED and ICS-CSR, as keynote or regular presenter.

Besides speaker engagements, he also likes to actively contribute to security community work or to act as advisor or chair for reputable conference boards. He helped to establish the ICS village at DEFCON and BruCON and he is conference chair of the industrial control system cyber security research (ICS-CSR) academic conference series, program committee member of the International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES) as well as SANS Industrial Control System Security Summit and director of the program committee of the annual IT Security Community Exchange (ITSECX)conference. 

He holds the renown GSEC, GICSP and CISSP certifications, an academic degree in IT security from the University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg, Austria and a Master's degree in business administration from the Universities of Augsburg and Pittsburgh.

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Jason Dely

Jason Dely

Jason Dely is an Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security consultant for Cylance Inc. with over 15 years of professional experience in ICS and Critical Infrastructure security initiatives and solutions spanning multiple industry verticals.  Jason is a leader and contributor in the management, consultation, assessment, planning, designing and implementation of a variety of ICS security and infrastructure projects across industries that include Water Utilities, Oil and Gas, Steel and Chemical.  Before joining Cylance, Jason worked for one of the world's largest ICS vendors where he contributed to clients his security knowledge and integration experiences across ICS and IT technologies.  Jason is frequently a speaker at various industry events and leverages his integration knowledge of securing ICS systems and their vulnerabilities to provide services and guidance to Cylance clients.  Dely is an Electronics Engineering Technologist and is a CISSP, CISM and SANS GIAC certified Exploit Researcher and Advanced Penetration Tester (GXPN).

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Jason Christopher

Jason Christopher

Jason D. Christopher is the Chief Technology Officer for Axio. His responsibilities include providing technical leadership on security and resilience issues relevant to Axio, its partners, and clients, and the development of all Axio technology platforms for security metrics and benchmarking.

Prior to Axio, Jason led the research for cybersecurity metrics and information assurance at the Electric Power Research Institute. Previously, he was the technical lead for cybersecurity capability and risk management at the US Department of Energy, where he managed the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems Operations program, which included the Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model and other collaborative efforts. Jason also served as the program lead for both Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards and Smart Grid Security at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Mr. Christopher has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects, particularly in the field of industrial control systems design and implementation. He has also researched and designed technology systems across multiple industries, including energy, water, transportation, and communications. He has been a representative on the Federal Smart Grid Task Force, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC), and other technical committees.

Independent of his work at Axio, Jason is a member on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA) Energy Policy, Communications Policy, and Research & Development Policy Committees. Over the past decade, Jason has focused on the development of cybersecurity standards and practices for the nation's critical infrastructure.

Outside of the workplace, Jason focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education issues. He has lectured at several universities across the country and developed cross-disciplinary courses focusing on resilience, sustainable energy, and community design.

Mr. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and Master's of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

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Dean Parsons

Dean Parsons

Cybersecurity Leader, ISO, Industrial Control System Defender, and Speaker - Dean continues his passion for cybersecurity with goals of continuous education and giving back to the community. His enthusiasm in the field started at an early age writing educational hacking tools on his custom compiled versions of Linux. His project portfolio includes such tools as password crackers written in Python, host-based intrusion detection systems (IDS), network sniffing tools, intelligent port scanners, kernel modules and exploits for Linux written in C.

Dean funded his studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland by working as a security consultant doing Linux hardening, writing networking applications, performing ethical hacks and vulnerability assessments. Also during that time he mentored and taught programming to high school students that would go on to compete in regional programming competitions. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science he held various security and cyber defense positions in software companies and in one of Canada's largest Telecommunications providers. He spent 10 years leading security and incident handling initiatives in Unix, Linux and Windows environments. For the last 5 years he's been managing a security operations team and is the ISO for Critical Infrastructure in the Utility and Energy sector in Canada.

An active member of the security community, Dean is dedicated to coaching others. His speaking engagements are international presenting at conferences such as regional non-profits, Security BSides, AltSecCon, Sector and the SANS ICS Summit on all things ICS. Dean has a natural way of engaging his audience, taking every opportunity to encourage others. While working at a high-level most of the time, Dean maintains his technical skills by paying close attention to the 'devil in the details' when overseeing security operations in an IT and OT environment. In the run of a day it's common for Dean to be working at the packet or policy level.

Qualifications Summary:
Dean holds the following designations:
Bachelor Major Computer Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland
GIAC Response and Industrial Defense (GRID)
GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)
GIAC Security Leadership (GSLC)
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Is a member of the SANS/GIAC Advisory Board

Get to know Dean Parsons:

When Dean is not in ICS Active Cyber Defense mode you can find him exploring the coast of Newfoundland on his jet ski, playing piano or riding motorcycles, even in intense Newfoundland winters. An accomplished motorcycle instructor and rider, he published some adventures in his travel book "The Evergreen Rider - Newfoundland By Motorcycle. Through All Seasons, All Weather" -

Favourite quote: "Do. Or do not. There is no try. - Yoda"

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Monta Elkins

Monta Elkins

Monta Elkins is currently "Hacker-in-Chief" for FoxGuard Solutions, an ICS patch provider. A security researcher and consultant; he was formerly Security Architect for Rackspace, and the first ISO for Radford University.  He has been a speaker at DEFCON , Homeland Security's ICSJWG (Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group), EnergySec's Security Summit, VASCAN, GE Digital Energy's Annual Software Summit, Educause Security Professionals Conference, Toshiba's Industrial Control Systems Conference, NERC's GridSecCon, ICS CyberSecurity by Security Week, UTC Telecom and other security conferences. Monta also is the recipient of the EnergySec's Cyber Security Professional of the Year Award for 2018. Elkins was recognized by the Industrial Control System (ICS) community and staff at EnergySec for his exceptional contributions to ICS security.

Monta is the author and instructor of the "Defense against the Dark Arts" hands-on, hacker tools and techniques classes.  He is also a guest lecturer for Virginia Tech and teaches rapid prototyping and Arduino classes with Let's Code Blacksburg.

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Paul Piotrowski

Paul Piotrowski

Paul Piotrowski is currently an Automation Engineer in Shell's Global PCD Integrity Organization (Process Control Domain).   Paul consults on Global Capital Projects and supports Shell Operated and Non-Operated Assets across all business units.  Paul has spent over 16 years in Shell in various security roles including network operations, risk governance and compliance, audit, incident management, forensics, pen testing and project management.  He has travelled extensively for Shell allowing him the opportunity to work across diverse set of cultures and landscapes which have shaped his view of the world.

Paul possesses the valuable hybrid skill set of Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT).  Through visiting and working at over 50 Shell assets globally he understands how to embed practical solutions between operations and corporate IT that reduce an organization's cyber security risk while minimizing operational impact.  Paul was involved in the initial development of the GICSP course curriculum.

He holds a B.SC degree in Computer Science with a minor in management.  He holds several certifications including the GICSP (Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional) and CISSP. In addition, he has participated in several executive development programmes.  He is based out of Calgary, Canada.

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Larry Vandenaweele

Larry Vandenaweele

Larry Vandenaweele is a Manager at PwC Australia's Cyber and Forensics Practice where he provides tailored services for organisations dealing with control system environments and ensuring compliance with national and international regulations by utilizing industry good practices.

Previously, Larry did charity work in the Philippines as part of his Bachelor's study where he led a network and system migration project for a local government in combination with support of existing initiatives providing aid to local communities. 

Larry obtained a Master of Science in Information Security with Merit from Royal Holloway, University of London in combination with his full-time job at PwC Belgium by means of distance learning. 

In his spare time, Larry enjoys being involved in the security community. He is the co-organizer of CyberSKool conference that teaches kids (between the ages of 7 and 15) IT security awareness, out of the box thinking and problem solving by doing STEM activities. Larry is also co-founder of The ICS Village which is a non-profit organisation designed to increase awareness and educate the public on protecting critical infrastructure environments by providing an interactive experience that showcases latest technologies and security controls. He also co-organizes the annual BruCON security conference in Belgium by and for the security community. Finally, Larry is a Safety and Security volunteer at Security BSides Las Vegas keeping a watchful eye throughout the duration of the conference. 

Outside of teaching, working at PwC and doing something back for the security community, Larry enjoys exploring new cultures by traveling, snowboarding, and photography.

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