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Senate Members

Chris Blask

Chris BlaskChris 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.


Tim Roxey

Tim RoxeyTim 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.

Specialties: Security related matters – both physical and cyber
Regulatory interactions


Billy Rios

Billy RiosBilly 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

Rosa KarigerRosa 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.


Mike Ahmadi

Mike AhmadiExtensive background in both Project Management and Information Systems for projects addressing cyber security in multiple vertical industries, including energy and health care.

USTAG (US Expert) for IEC 62443 standards working groups.

Actively serving as a member of the Medical Device Innovation, Safety, and Security Consortium (MDISS).

Actively serving as a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Medical Device Security Working Group and Wireless Strategy Task Force.

Participated in the development of testing and certification standards under the NIST SGIP CSWG Smart Grid Security Testing and Certification Subgroup, as well as CSWG Design Principles sub-group.

Served as a core member of the UCAIug OpenSG Embedded Security Task Force (part of the SG Security Working Group), with a focus on creating security requirements for the Energy Utility Industry.

Active member of the DHS ICSJWG.

Assisted the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) in drafting security requirements for Smart Grid deployment.

Served on the California Office of Health Information Integrity (CalOHII) Core Security Team, whose focus was the creation and management of health care security policies.

Currently serving on the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task (USSS ECTF) Advisory Board.


Eric Knapp

Eric KnappEric D. Knapp (@ericdknapp) is an Engineering Fellow at Honeywell Process Solutions, and currently acts as the Chief Engineer and Global Director of Solutions and Technology for Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security. Eric is a recognized expert in industrial control systems cyber security. He is the author of “Industrial Network Security: Securing Critical Infrastructure Networks for Smart Grid, SCADA, and Other Industrial Control Systems,” and the co-author of “Applied Cyber Security for Smart Grids.” Eric has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, specializing in industrial automation technologies, security information analytics and risk management in both enterprise and industrial networks. He has held technology leadership positions at NitroSecurity, Intel Security/McAfee, and Wurldtech, and is active on numerous industry boards and committees. Eric’s research and development efforts in the areas of industrial cyber security include several patents pending for new cyber security innovations; the result of his never-ending quest to improve the field of industrial cyber security.


Phil Litherland

Phil LitherlandPhil is a member of the Advisory team within Context Information Security, where his focus is to identify and provide requisite cyber security & information assurance advice, & technical support and practical guidance to client organisations across Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) sectors, particularly the civil nuclear industry.

He is an experienced senior level engineering & technology professional with a proven track record of safety & security risk management in both the IT & Industrial Control Systems/Operational Technology (ICS/OT) domains.

He has demonstrable capabilities in senior stakeholder management, leading organisational & cultural change, developing leading-managing multidisciplinary teams across geographical boundaries and also has broad commercial & technical experience on large projects.


Christian Schlehuber

Christian SchlehuberChristian 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 ITSecurity 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.


Daniel Thanos

Daniel ThanosAn R&D leader and hands on geek that loves building the future by leading cutting edge teams in the development of software/systems/products in the areas of security, cloud, IoT, mobile and applied machine learning/analytics. Always an entrepreneur at heart that can run start-ups even within the largest organizations and bring discipline and scale to the smallest organizations looking to go big.


Raj Samani

Raj SamaniRaj 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).


Cevn Vibert

Cevn VibertAn Industrial Cyber Security Evangelist, Customer and Supplier Engagement Manager, Solution Architect, Systems Manager, Consultant with over 20 years in Industry, managing solutions and teams in a wide range of markets and industries. He is well known in the Security, Cyber, Automation and Industrial Information Industries and an Accredited Systems Architect. Creation and management of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Facility and the TRUST Security Explorer Facility for Thales UK in Basingstoke.

Previously worked on projects with EDF, Sellafield, RWE, National Grid, BP, KOC, Network Rail, Thames Water, Dwr Cymru, LUL, Jordans Ryvita, Shell, Ford and many more.

Experienced with Command and Control C2 Systems, Control Rooms, System of Systems, CCTV, Cyber, Access Control, Situational Awareness, Robust and Resilient Architectures, PLCs, SCADA, HSMs, Encryption, Industrial Networks, Knowledge Databases, and Reporting Solutions. Throughout career production of many papers, references, editorials and public speaking engagements.

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