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Organization

                                               

Governing Board

 

Chairman
Kenny Mesker, Chevron


Kenny is an ICS Cybersecurity Engineer with Chevron’s Information Technology Company. He is an ICS Risk Assessment SME and a member of the ICSJWG Workforce Development team and several ISA 62443 TGs. Kenny also acts as an advisor to Chevron’s Process Control Network (PCN) Standards Review Board, is an active advisor to the Chevron Vulnerability Assessment Team, and is a Chevron Tech Expert. Before joining Chevron, he worked for Stanza Systems, Inc. where he served as Director of Engineering and managed a team developing, operating, and maintaining custom smart grid data acquisition and analysis tools and services. Prior to that, Kenny worked for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Diverse Networks, Inc. and Telvent Automation in Senior Architect, Developer and Field Application Support roles. Among other topics, Kenny’s career has included Business Intelligence application development, wireless telemetry data delivery solutions, network management, and environmentally resilient computing platforms. Kenny is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Electrical Engineering with post-graduate work in fault tolerance and resilient engineering.

 

Vice Chairman
James Hobbes, ExxonMobil


I’ve had a diverse history over 3 decades from originally studying at University of North Texas to be a Teacher, to starting a career in Law Enforcement, and eventually turning an early interest in computer hacking to spawn an IT career.  Experiences include work at leading technology companies; then to utilizing creative talents at start-ups, and holding numerous certifications and titles through-out my career including Project Manager, Systems and Network Engineer.  Recent roles include leading Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence teams.  This has blended with a focus on Industrial Control Cybersecurity issues, architectures, and threats.  Currently serving as Industrial Controls Systems Advisor for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.

 

Marketing Lead
Dan Desruisseaux, Schneider Electric


Dan DesRuisseaux possesses over 25 years of diverse experience in engineering, sales, and marketing roles in high tech companies. Mr. DesRuisseaux presently serves as the Cybersecurity Program Director for Schneider Electric's Industrial Division. In this role he works to insure the proper and consistent implementation of security features across SE's diverse product portfolio. 

He also identifies and fills security gaps by forging partnerships with best in class security appliance companies. Mr. DesRuisseaux is also the marketing Chairman of the ISA Security Compliance Institute - a non-profit organization seeking to improve ICS security through standards compliance.

 

ISA-99 Committee Liaison
Eric Cosman, OIT Concepts


Eric C. Cosman is the founder and Principal Consultant at OIT Concepts, LLC. He provides consulting and advisory services to suppliers, professional associations, and asset owners, focusing on management of information technology solutions in Process Automation, Operations, and Engineering. This includes providing guidance on the definition and leadership of collaborative teams between IT and OT organizations.

Eric is a Chemical Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the process industries. He has held positions in process engineering, process systems software development, telecommunications, IT operations, automation architecture, and consulting. His assignment have included system architecture definition and design, project management, technology life cycle management, and integration planning for manufacturing focused IT systems. This includes having worked closely with virtually all major suppliers of process automation systems and technology.

Eric contributes to and has held leadership positions in various standards committees and industry focus groups and is a member of Control Magazine’s Process Automation Hall of Fame. He has been a contributor to the work of several standards committees with the International Society of Automation (ISA), and has served as their vice president of standards and practices, and as a member of the ISA Executive Board. He is the ISA President-Elect for 2019 and will assume the office of Society President in 2020.

Eric has been a leader in the development of standards and practices for industrial control systems security since 2002. He was a founding member of a Chemical Sector Cyber Security Program team focused on industrial control systems cyber security and was one of the authors of the Chemical Sector Cyber Security strategy for the U.S. He is also a founding member and currently serves as the co-chair of the ISA99 committee on industrial automation and control systems (IACS) security, as well as co-chair of the MESA Cybersecurity working group.

Eric is a frequent conference speaker and has written articles and columns for a variety of industry magazines, including Chemical EngineeringControl Magazine and Hydrocarbon Processing.

 

ISASecure Staff
 


 
Managing Director
Andre Ristaino
 

Mr. Ristaino is Managing Director of the ISA Automation Standards Compliance Institute based in RTP, North Carolina. He provides staff leadership for ISA’s conformance certification programs, including the ISASecure ® control systems certification program managed under the ISA Security Compliance Institute. 

Mr. Ristaino is an international presenter on the IEC 62443 standards and control systems certification. He is an invited expert to the ERNCIP in support of the EU control systems cybersecurity certification initiative, an advisor for an ORNL research project on malware in the bulk electric distribution network, an invited presenter on cybersecurity and wireless technology at ARC Forums, and has published articles in the ISA InTech magazine. 

Prior to ISA, Mr. Ristaino held positions at NEMA, Renaissance Worldwide, and Deloitte & Touche Consulting’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group where he was a recognized leader in system lifecycle methodologies. Industries served include state and local government, utilities, USAF-LC, discrete manufacturing, and pharmaceutical and FDA-regulated manufacturing sites. 

Mr. Ristaino earned a BS in Business Management from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MS in Computer Systems Applications from the American University in Washington DC with a focus on expert systems and artificial intelligence. Mr. Ristaino holds an APICS CPIM certification. 
 
 

Project Manager
Carol Muerke
 

In 26 years in the cyber security field, Dr. Carol Muehrcke has led security assurance teams for high assurance products, software development teams for both commercial and government security products, research programs on assurance methods and security mechanisms, and industry working groups on cyber security. Starting in 2008 she has worked with the ISA Security Compliance Institute to manage, develop and roll out certification programs for control systems, control system components, and secure product development life cycle (www.isasecure.org). Previously she was co-chair of Working Group 1 that developed electric sector failure scenarios under the DOE funded NESCOR project (National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Resource). She was a contributing author to the process control cyber security standard ISA-62443-2-1-2009, and co-chair of the SCADA Cyber Self Assessment Working Group under the DHS Process Control System Forum. Other projects include research with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on model-based security metrics for DHS (“Adversary Driven State-Based System Security Evaluation,” Metricsec 2010), a firewall architecture study for the DoD, and security analysis of a new multi-level networking technology for military aircraft. While at Secure Computing Corporation, she led development teams that built a high assurance network guard, a firmware based firewall and an authentication enrollment system.  Her career in the software industry began with 9 years at Bell Laboratories focused on systems engineering for manufacturing systems. She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rutgers University.
 
 

 
Marketing and Operations Manager
Michael Brazda
 

I love good branding.

It pulls you in and forges an instant connection. This is not a rational experience because its true power lives on the unconscious level. To wield this power, a brand must get inside the minds of its audience, learn their values, their desires, their language, and be willing to genuinely help them meet their goals.

I have worked with technology companies to help them:

-Understand their audience
-Create persuasive and magnetic brand positioning
-Develop communication strategies and content that empowers their audiences

A good brand shines.

Michael holds Bachelors of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and FIlms and Television Writing from Boston University.
 
 

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