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The Cyber Senate is a growing network and information triage, creating a common voice for the Cyber Security industry. We host events that provide guidance on pressing security issues across key Smart Infrastructure sectors such as Energy, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Transport and Healthcare to further progress public and private information sharing.
We are industry leaders in Europe and North America for providing key out reach event platforms for Industrial Control Cyber Security. Attended by Asset Owners, Government influencers and some of the world’s leading Subject Matter Experts and Solution Providers, our shows provide the international community with an in-depth opportunity to understand the latest methodologies in mitigating risk associated with advanced connectivity.
Our thought leaders and information sharing platforms provide key insight in how we together, can protect critical national infrastructure from threats such as Crash OverrideWannaCry, Black Energy, Dragonfly, Stuxnet and Heartbleed, as well as securing the supply chain from 3rd party risk and end point cyber threats associated with the Internet of Things and IIOT. We facilitate required relationships between public and private entities on best practice in developing a culture of cyber awareness, the importance of training and overcoming communication barriers in IT and OT convergence.


European Rail Cyber Security Working Group

On September 12th the Cyber Senate will be hosting the European Rail Cyber Security Working Group in a roundtable format with discussion groups in the morning and outcomes presented in the afternoon. Capped at 70 participants, this face to face knowledge sharing exercise is specifically designed to assist all stakeholders in the rail ecosystem with an opportunity to assess their security posture, and collaborate with their industry counterparts.

4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe 2017

Our 4th Annual ICS Cyber Security Europe event September 19/20 2017 in London will be addressing key areas of vulnerability, threat detection, mitigation, and planning for the industrial control Water, Utilities, Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Power and Smart Grid Energy sector.
Key topics of discussion will pivot on convergence of operational and information technology transformation, design, implementation, integration and risks associated with enterprise facing architecture. Visit

4th Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security USA 2017

Our 4th Annual ICS Cyber Security US event will be held in October 3/4 2017 addressing key areas of vulnerability, threat detection, mitigation, and planning for the industrial control Water, Utilities, Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Power and Smart Grid Energy sector.
Key topics of discussion will pivot on convergence of operational and information technology transformation, design, implementation, integration and risks associated with enterprise facing architecture. Visit

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Aviation Cyber Security November 21/22 London United Kingdom

 Join us on November 21/22 in London, England for the Cyber Senate Aviation Cyber Security Summit. We will address key issues such as the importance of information sharing and collaboration, supply chain and third party risk, incident response, integrating of cyber security and safety, IT and OT convergence, Security Operations Centres and much more as we further develop our collective insight in how we can mitigate risk and develop resilient end to end networks capable of delivering safety and value to all stakeholders. Visit


3rd Annual Rail Cyber Security Summit March 14/15 2018

3rd Annual Rail Cyber Security Summit March 14/15 2018
The rush to next generation digital infrastructure can increase efficiency and optimise shareholder value and improve customer experience. It has also extended the attack surface dramatically for an industry historically isolated from modern day cyber threats. Do not miss this one day Summit addressing the threats to the emerging digital railway.

2nd Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Nuclear May 22/24 2017

2nd Annual Industrial Control Cyber Security Summit Nuclear, Warrington UK May 22-24th. All stakeholders have a new responsibility in ensuring the safety, reliability and stability of our Critical National Infrastructure.
Public and Private partnerships are paramount and information sharing on an international level a priority. We will be addressing key areas of vulnerability, threat detection, mitigation, and planning for the Nuclear sector.

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All stakeholders have a new responsibility in ensuring the safety, reliability and stability of our Critical National Infrastructure. Public and Private partnerships are paramount and information sharing on an international level a priority. We will be addressing key Board Level and Technical strategies in the Utilities and Oil and Gas sectors.


The proliferation of network connectivity for future transport infrastructure poses a significant and credible threat. Future highways, airports, rail systems, roads, electric vehicles and charging systems require a diligent and responsive defence strategy.

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things presents unique security challenges with increasing number of telecom subscribers for wired and wireless networks, the mass proliferation of m2m devices, and the increasing ability to access financial institutions and banking assets, personal data, online services and intellectual property. IOT security is key area of where resilience and defence capability is a top priority.


Networked medical device cyber security, patient safety, securing access to network resources, protecting confidential patient information, securing Electronic Medical Records. The digitisation of our Health care infrastructure has global transformational capabilities, however is not without significant cyber risk.


To create a community of global leaders with unparalleled knowledge and experience, a common voice for the international Cyber Security industry. To be the first port of call to facilitate discussion and public and private information sharing.

Our Mission
To facilitate significant progress in reducing the cyber vulnerability of our critical infrastructures through genuine teamwork on a global scale between public and private sectors

Our Undertaking
“Developing resilience with outreach platforms that contribute to the solution.”
Dedicated event initiatives designed to raise awareness regarding issues that require international attention. The Cyber Senate foster collaborative interchanges among infrastructure and security industry stakeholders essential for developing this teamwork.

Senate Steering Group

Chris Blask

Director of Webster University’s Cyberspace Research Institute
Cyberspace Research Institute (CRI) at Webster University

Chris Blask has been involved in the industrial control system and information security industries for more than twenty five years.

Mr. Blask’s career spans the breadth of the cybersecurity spectrum. He invented one of the first commercial firewall products, built a multi-billion dollar firewall business at Cisco System, co-founded an early SIEM vendor and authored the first book on SIEM. Today he is Director of Webster University’s Cyberspace Research Institute where he oversees the operation of the Knowledge Sharing Directorate. He is also a Senior Partner at Fearless Security.

Chris Kubecka

Chris formerly led the Security Operations Centre for Aramco Overseas Company. She holds degrees in Aeronautical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology. Chris holds an alphabet soup of certifications such as MCSE, MCDBA, CISSP, etc… and GCIA,GCIH, GPEN trained. Her hobbies include research of smartphone/Android OS exploitation, cyber warfare, process and automated control systems, DNS and IPv6 protocols, cryptography, SIEM’s/correlation engines and cyber-intelligence.  Chris has over 20 years of extensive experience in the field of information security. Her career has spanned from the US Air Force, Space Command, private and public sector.

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 has led several prestigious security teams including security teams at Microsoft and Google. Billy was a Lead at Google where he led the front line response for externally reported security issues and incidents. Prior to Google, Billy was the Security Program Manager at Internet Explorer (Microsoft).

Rosa Kariger, CISO, Iberdrola Group

Rosa Kariger has recently been appointed Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Iberdrola Group. She leads a global team located in Spain, US, UK, Mexico and Brazil with responsibility over Cybersecurity and Data Privacy across the entire Iberdrola Group. Rosa holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and has participated in the School of Management programme of IESE and the GlobalLeadership Programme of IMD.

Scott King, Director Information Security, Sempra Utilities

Mr. King started his professional career as a network and systems engineer in the midst of the dot com boom of the 1990’s. In 2001 he moved into the information security field supporting the Department of Defense. For the next several years Mr. King helped many organizations understand their cybersecurity challenges and had the opportunity to work alongside some of the smartest people in the industry. In 2008, Mr. King began working for the Sempra Energy family of companies. Today he holds the position of Director, Information Security and is responsible for leading a very talented team chartered with protecting IT and critical infrastructure from cyber- attacks. Sempra Energy is a Fortune 500 energy services company, based in San Diego, California, that combines deep industry expertise with rigorous risk management to deliver superior shareholder returns. In 2014, Sempra Energy produced revenues of approximately $11 billion.

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Christian Schlehuber, IT-Security Expert, Operational Technologies of DB Netz AG

Christian Schlehuber studied informatics and IT-Security at the TU Darmstadt with a specialization in critical infrastructures. After receiving his master degree he started to research at the Security Engineering Group of TU Darmstadt on the topic Critical Infrastructure Protection in 2013. In 2015 he got the opportunity to apply his researches in the interlocking technologies of DB Netz AG and switched to DB Netz AG. He currently is responsible for the IT-Security of the operational technologies of DB Netz AG. Besides this he is active in the European research projects Shift2Rail and CIPSEC, which aim at improving the IT-Security of Critical Infrastructures. He is also member of the CENELEC SG 24 and currently working on a European standard on IT-Security for Railways

Andreu Bravo Sanchez – CISSP, CISM Chief Information Security Officer
Gas Natural Fenosa
Starting my passion on computers when I was 14 years old, I considered Information technologies as a hobby which has always accompanied my formal education on psychology. That passion along with my persistence and a spirit of excellence have guided me during my last 34 years acquiring knowledge on every single aspect of information technologies, reorienting my professional career to both IT and information security, and evolving from technical and skilled works for small companies to the most strategic and innovative duties at a multinational company with presence on five continents as well as obtaining the most recognized international certifications on information security and collaborating with some international organizations and specialized European workgroups.  From my position as CISO at Gas Natural Fenosa I’ve never stopped learning and updating my technical skills on IT and OT but I’ve focussed my efforts on strategic tasks like the coordination and management of a global Information Security Management System, the improvement of our security maturity level and the building of an skilled international security team, as well as other singular and innovative activities like the merge of companies, the Integration of physical and logical security, the protection of critical infrastructures, the design and deployment of Smart Grids and the transformation of our information security model unit becoming a business enabler key instead of only a reactive or preventive unit.  I consider myself a tireless, discreet and humble person as well as a methodical, analytic and decisive professional, with technical and organizational skills, experienced in effective communication, teamwork and leadership, innovative and committed to the ultimate objective of bringing safe and secure technologies to this society.

Tim Harwood, Managing Director of Harwood Security and Training
Tim Harwood is a veteran of the security world and has been providing information security guidance and expertise to corporate clients, the UK Government and the UK military for over 30 years. As Managing Director of Harwood Security and Training Consultancy (HS and TC), he provides strategic direction for the company that he founded in 2013. Tim’s professional background includes security capability strategy planning and development, information security capability framework design and implementation and security awareness strategy design and implementation. He has developed a security professional development framework for a global top ten oil and gas company, delivers training as a member of the SANS and Firebrand faculties and, as a thought leader, regularly presents at summits and conferences. In 2013, he participated as a Subject Matter Expert and Steering Committee member for the design of the new GIAC certification, the GICSP certification. Tim is a Full member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and is the holder of the GIAC Security Leadership (GSLC) and GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) Certifications. Tim is an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Information Security Professionals with the Board portfolio of IS skills and competencies.

Mark Ossel Networked Energy Services corporation Vice President Board member OSGP Alliance
Mark B.M. Ossel (1955), Vice President NES, is focussed on developing the Energy and Utility market for Networked Energy Services in Central and East Europe, Middle East, Africa, by extending the network of partners and growing the customerbase. He is involved in AMR since 2001, when Echelon started with Enel (It) the world largest AMR project, and has been involved in most large scale deployments in Europe. He was selected in 2014 as one of top 40 most influencial people in Europe by metering International. Mark is also member of the board of OSGP Alliance, the international industry & utility usergroup publishing OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol), and involved in international standardization efforts. Active member in ETSI, various CEN /CENELEC Technical commitees (TC13, TC57), ESMIG and member European Commission Steeringboard Taskforce Smart Grid. (SGCG/M490). Mark has a background of more then 20 years in various management functions in the Information & Communication Technology market (Burroughs/Sperry/Unisys), before he became involved in energy management, smart metering and Smart Grids in 2001. 

Mike Ahmadi

Mike Ahmadi, Director of Critical Systems Security – Software Integrity Group at Synopsys Inc
Mike is well known in the field of critical infrastructure security, including industrial control systems and health care systems. He currently serves on the technical steering committee for the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) who manages and maintains the ISASecure certification program. He also serves as a US Expert for IEC TC65 Working Group 10 in developing the iEC 62443 series of Industrial Process Control cybersecurity standards.

He served on the California Office of Health Information Integrity Security Steering Committee in drafting the state level policies on HIPAA HITECH, and is an active member of the Medical Device Innovation Safety and Security Consortium (MDISS), where he introduced the Vendor Security Practices project, and is also an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Medical Device Security Working Group, where he has contributed to technical industry reports.  Mike has also worked closely with the US Food and Drug Administration in assisting them with developing their cybersecurity testing capabilities.


Ayman Al Issa

Ayman Al Issa

Chief Technologist & Senior Advisor Industrial Cyber Security

Ayman has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Automation, Information Technology, and Cyber Security. He has graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering and verse in different backgrounds like industrial control systems, systems engineering, and building cyber security strategies and models. He is a member in the Cyber Security Advisory boards of top rated worldwide universities for the advancement of researches on industrial cyber security. He is an active member in different international Security Innovation Alliances that are focused in a worldwide program for improving the security of industrial control systems by the close collaboration of the leading IT Security vendors and leading industrial control system vendors.

Daniel Thanos

Daniel Thanos,Vice President Research & Development at Lookout

A seasoned and innovative cyber security R&D and engineering leader/architect with over 10 years experience in many facets of mission critical systems, software development, program management, and technical product management/marketing. I am very experienced with designing and implementing highly technical software and hardware products and solutions from concept to production for mission critical and high security applications. My experience has been in the areas of critical systems, networking, mobile, and storage technologies with a strong focus on cryptography and network/systems security. I have written multiple patents in the security and cryptography field. I have unique skill sets that combine business acumen with technical hands-on leadership. I have core technical expertise and market vision that has involved identifying new threats and opportunities. I have consistently provided successful thought leadership and innovation in product design, development, and management. My passion is leading groundbreaking teams in the development of innovative security products and solutions.

Specialties:Cyber Security: Cryptography, Encryption Systems, ID/Key Management, PKI, IDS/IPS, SEM, UTM, DLP, VPN, Firewalls, FIPS, Common Criteria
Systems: Network(Wireless/Wired – L2 and up), Web, Storage, Mobile, Embedded, Real Time, Automation Control/SCADA
Languages: C/C++, Assembly, JAVA, .NET, XML, Perl, Python, PHP, Ruby, Flex
Platforms: Windows, Linux, Unix, OSX, VxWorks
Software Architecture, Project/Product Management, Intelligent Systems/Analytics & Algorithms (e.g. GA, GP, ANN, etc.)


Seán McGurk, Director of Physical Security, Data Center Operations at Amazon Web Services.

Prior to joining Amazon Mr. McGurk served in several roles in the federal government, military and private sector focusing on information assurance and cybersecurity. He has over 37 years of experience in advanced systems operation, cyber threat intelligence and information systems security.
Mr. McGurk was formerly the Global 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) and forensic analysis capability for Industrial Control, automated and embedded systems cyber 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.

Tim Roxey is presently the Chief Cyber Security Officer for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).
Previously Mr. Roxey was the Deputy Chair for the Nuclear Sector Coordinating Council and also the Technical Assistant to the Vice Chair for Constellation Energy.

Mr. Roxey has 32years of experience in the utility industry serving in organizations such as Operations, Information Technology, Licensing, Security, among others. Mr. Roxey also has over 35 years of computer related experience working on many different OS’s and in many different languages.

In his prior work Mr. Roxey was involved in a variety of both physical and cyber security related issues across the entire nuclear sector of the United States. Mr. Roxey also served, by invitation, on two Presidential Commissions helping to prepare guidance for the next administration.

In early 2007 a difficult Cyber vulnerability was brought to the attention of the Private Sector through a series of briefings from the Department of Homeland Security. These briefings led to Mr. Roxey being given the leadership position for the entire private sector on the newly disclosed control systems vulnerability called Aurora. In this capacity Mr. Roxey has interacted with many different Federal organizations including Congressional Committees, the White House, DOE, DoD, NERC, FERC and the NRC.

William R. Whitney III, Cyber Security & Compliance Manager at Garland Power & Light / City of Garland

Accomplished leader/visionary in management, team building, business process improvement, long term strategic planning, cost reduction without sacrifice of quality, system integration, information technology (IT), compliance and cyber security with understanding of both private sector and federal/state/city processes.  Results oriented IT professional with a solid record of improving an organization’s overall performance and leveraging technology to support corporate business goals and manage costs.  Ability to communicate, collaborate, and create synergy at all levels of the organization to move projects forward.

Samuel Linares, ICS Lead, BAH

Samuel Linares is Lead Industrial Cybersecurity Expert at Booz Allen Hamilton and Middle East and Asia Coordinator at Cybersecurity Center, European Commission Independent Evaluator, ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) CIIP Expert and member of ISACA Cybersecurity Task Force. With 2 decades of security, system integration and multinational and multicultural projects management experience, he has been the main promoter of the “Industrial Cybersecurity” concept in Spanish, being recognized as one of the key Spanish and Latin-american experts in the area and participating as speaker, chairman and teacher in different events all over the world (including Spain, UK, USA, Belgium, Italy, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Cuba or Argentina, among others).


Raj Samani, VP, CTO for McAfee EMEA

Raj Samani is an active member of the Information Security industry, through involvement with numerous initiatives to improve the awareness and application of security in business and society.  He is currently working as the VP, Chief Technical Officer for McAfee EMEA, having previously worked as the Chief Information Security Officer for a large public sector organisation in the UK and was recently inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame (2012).

Miki Calero, Security Strategist and founder of Urbis Global LLC

Miki Calero has been named one of the Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine, and a Top 100 City Innovator Worldwide by United Business Media (UBM) Future Cities, for advancing enterprise risk management through unified physical and cybersecurity.

As Chief Security Officer, he established an Enterprise Security Risk Management program that received CSO Magazine’s CSO40 award for groundbreaking business value and innovative application of risk and security concepts at the 15th largest city in the US, Columbus, Ohio.


This was the best conference focused on Cybersecurity that I’ve been to since last year’s Cyber Senate ICS Cybersecurity conference. The material and sessions were relevant and resonated with the audience. The addition of DHS, NERC and OT speakers provided much needed context for trends in critical infrastructure security. Ayman Al-Issa’s pre-conference message was also on target. I would highly recommend future Cyber Senate events to any asset owners that want information and introduction to technologies that can assist with both compliance and risk-based defensive strategies.

Mark Trump, Senior Cybersecurity Consultant | Critical Infrastructure | ICS | SCADA | LION |, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

“The mission of information sharing involves many stakeholders groups across the entire global community. Cyber Senate captures key thought leaders and works to share information among them and with critical communities. We see Cyber Senate as a highly valuable organization are pleased to support the good work they are doing.” ICS ISAC Chair, Chris Blask

“One of the first that really dedicates to name the risks, looking at the issues and getting on board top notch speakers- your events are must for anyone taking on defensive posture and want to manage cyber risks instead reactively running around the next exposure/threat/breach.” Peter Rus, Founder of P@ssport, a preventive cyber risk management company, sponsor of the Cyber Senate ICS Europe London edition. Passport have been preventing cyber incidents for the critical infrastructure sector since 2013

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for inviting me to the Cyber Senate, I have to say I thought it was excellent, so congratulations for putting on such a great couple of days.

I meet a lot of people in Civil Nuclear in the UK and abroad, however this was the first time I have seen them all in the same room – I think we covered some really good ground. I particularly enjoyed the safety/security discussions as this is a really challenging issue that I think needs conferences like this to talk the problem through. Also, I must congratulate you on keeping the conference going when all the power went down, I’ve seen people go into meltdown at events like this when adversity strikes but this carried on seamlessly and kept to schedule too.”

Civil Nuclear Cyber Specialist UK government

I appreciate not only what you do, but how you do it. In matters of both substance and style, you are spot on. Your leadership catalyzes positive transformation at enterprise, sector and cross sector levels. Fred Hintermeister, NERC

James led an effective and impactful conference for Europe on energy cyber security. He built a strong list of topics and presenters, and included interesting viewpoints from many countries and a diverse range of power constructs, from regulators to operators to suppliers to customers. He designed the conference brilliantly, and ran it flawlessly, a difficult thing to do with people from around the world. He is always professional, but he also knows how to encourage cooperation, and gets things done.  I recommend James to anyone who wants to work with the best
Energy Executive at Capgemini, formerly of Lockheed Martin

The  various topics were meaningful and I praise you for gathering the SMEs to present. It was good to hear the open dialogue and injection of questions and comments. Making in roads to IT and OT discussing their concerns at the conference should go far to opening up more avenues to collaborate. I really enjoyed the conference and wish you success in future efforts.
Information Security Manager at Metropolitan Water District of So. CA, Cheyrl Santor

“I was really surprised about the huge presence of utility persons at the Industrial Control Cyber Security Europe event. Jamison has done a great job organizing an event that distinct from other cyber security events I have been to! I will definitely come to the next one.”
Johan Rambi, Privacy & Security advisor |  Governance, Risk & Compliance, Alliander

 “Great events, intelligent speakers, and good content. Looking forward to the next ones”
 ICS – IoT cybersecurity at Sourcefire/Cisco, founder of 1NTERRUPT, Marc Blackmer

I have known and worked with Jamison on several conferences over the years, and congratulate him on delivering another superb event” – Business Manager CMR/Safety at Siemens

I cannot tell you valuable this has been, how rewarding and how much I have learned over the last two days. It has been fantastic! Thank you for inviting us!


Water Utility, City and County of San Francisco

“Thanks so much for the work you put into the US show and providing the quality of presenters and material. I think as long as we can keep up the momentum, awareness, education and drive forward, great things are going to happen.”
– BAE Applied Intelligence Headline Sponsors

“I really enjoyed the summit and hope there will be another one in Sacramento next year.” – SMUD

“It was an excellent event and I wish you all the best with the efforts. There is a huge potential and I commend you for booking good speakers. I have made recommendations to my security colleagues that this is one to look out for as one with better structure and content than other European conferences”
– Henrik Magnusson, Enterprise Architecture, Scottish and Southern Energy

“Thank you for putting on an excellent event. Tony Coatsworth and myself both found the ICS Europe Summit extremely useful and informative.”
Tony McCabe, Lead Solution Architect , ENWL

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