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Speakers

Brian Proctor GICSP, CISSP, CRISC

Brian Proctor GICSP, CISSP, CRISC

Business Development Manager, SecurityMatters

Keynote title: Life After Ukraine (LAU); Real world strategies on LAU cyber security defenses

 

Brian’s entire career has been focused on securing electric utility systems, networks, and assets. He spent the majority of his career (13+ years) as an ICS/SCADA cybersecurity engineer and cybersecurity team lead working for two progressive California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs). In February of 2017 he joined SecurityMatters as their Business Development Manager to help promote passive ICS/SCADA network security monitoring, asset inventory, and situational awareness within the industrial control system security community.

Brian holds a variety of technical certifications including the Global Industrial Control System Professional (GISCP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and is certified in project management from University of California at Irvine.  In 2013, Brian was presented with the Critical Infrastructure Private Sector award from Securing our eCity a San Diego based Cybersecurity non-profit organization.  

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Robert J. “R.J.” Hope, CPP

Robert J. “R.J.” Hope, CPP

ABCP Manager Security Consulting – Burns & McDonnell

Seminar title: Substation Hardening Observations and Considerations

 

Mr. Hope leads the physical and cyber security consulting department at Burns & McDonnell, where his team performs security projects ranging from threat & risk assessments, security regulatory compliance, security master plans and design projects in the power and many other industries. Mr. Hope has served in executive leadership roles in several security industry association groups including Security Specifiers and ASIS. Publications featuring Mr. Hope’s work include the Benchmark, Security Management, and several others trade specific publications. Mr. Hope has been with Burns & McDonnell 10 years and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

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Craig Preuss

Craig Preuss

Engineering Manager for Utility Automation, Black & Veatch Corporation

Seminar title: The Secrets to IEC 61850 Exposed: What You Need to Know about Communications that the Standard Does Not Tell You

 

Craig Preuss is the Engineering Manager for Utility Automation at Black & Veatch Corporation. He performs many different tasks since he works in substation integration and automation. He is a professional engineer in the states of Illinois and Washington. His bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering is from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. His master’s degree is in power systems from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is the author of several papers, presentations, and articles on various topics dealing with substation integration and automation. As an IEEE member, he is the Secretary of the Power and Energy Society (PES) Power System Communications and Cybersecurity (PSCC) Committee. He is also the Working Group secretary that is updating IEEE 1613, the standard for communication performance requirements when Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) are installed in transmission and distribution facilities. He is also a member of many other working groups in the PSCC and the Power System Relaying and Control Committee (PSRCC).

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Dr. William A. Radasky, Ph.D., P.E., IEEE Life Fellow

Dr. William A. Radasky, Ph.D., P.E., IEEE Life Fellow

President and Managing Engineer for Metatech Corporation

Seminar title: The Severe Electromagnetic Threats to the Electric Power System (HEMP, IEMI and Geomagnetic Storms)

 

Dr. Radasky is the President and Managing Engineer for Metatech Corporation with offices in Goleta (Santa Barbara County), California and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. Radasky began his research career in 1968 as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, performing research that helped to establish the threat level of the high altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP).  This was accomplished through the development of one of the first numerical codes to compute the details of the early-time E1 HEMP, and included validation of the computer models through comparisons with nuclear atmospheric test data.  Later in his career he was the program manager for Metatech projects to support the EMP Commission from 2001 until 2008.  During this period Metatech led the research to determine the threat to the U.S. power system from HEMP.  In addition, Dr. Radasky was the liaison with Russian scientists who performed work for the EMP Commission.

Dr. Radasky has been involved in the development of commercial electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standards with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in Geneva, Switzerland to protect commercial systems from all types of electromagnetic threats, including those from the high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) and high-power electromagnetic weapons, which create intentional electromagnetic interference (IEMI).  He served as Chairman of SC 77C, “EMC: High Power Transient Phenomena,” since the subcommittee was established in 1992 until 2016.  He was also the Chairman of the IEC Advisory Committee on EMC (ACEC) for the IEC for 12 years, ending his service in December 2008.  In recent years he has been a member of IEC working groups to establish a new standard dealing with functional safety of electronics due to electromagnetic phenomena.  In October 2004, Dr. Radasky was awarded the Lord Kelvin Medal in Seoul, South Korea by the IEC for exceptional service in the development of international standards.

Dr. Radasky was also the convener of a Cigré working group dealing with the protection of high-voltage power substations from the effects of IEMI (published in November 2014).  He is currently a convenor of a new Cigré working group dealing with the evaluation of geomagnetic field disturbances that can affect high voltage power grids.  In January 2015 he led the effort to publish IEEE Std 1642, dealing with the protection of public accessible computers from the threat of IEMI.

Dr. Radasky is a registered Professional Engineer in Electrical Engineering in the State of California and is a Life Fellow of the IEEE participating in the EMC, Power and Energy and Antennas and Propagation Societies.  He is also a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies, and he was selected as an EMP Fellow in 1988.  He has published over 490 company and government reports, conference papers and popular press articles.  He is the holder of two best paper awards in 1973 (NEM) and 1984 (HEART Conference).  He served as the guest editor for the August 2004 IEEE EMC Transactions Special Issue on Intentional EMI (IEMI) and High Power EM (HPEM).  He was also the guest editor for the June 2013 IEEE EMC Transactions Special Issue on High-altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP). Dr. Radasky serves as the Chairman of TC 5 (High-Power Electromagnetics) for the IEEE EMC Society.

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Eric D. Easton, P.E.

Eric D. Easton, P.E.

Substation Engineering Manager, CenterPoint Energy

Seminar title: Company Presentations:  IEC 61850 Project Implementation\ Round Table: Technological Solutions to Emerging Challenges

 

Eric Easton is currently the Substation Engineering manager for CenterPoint Energy, responsible for protection and control as well as structural design of substation facilities ranging from 12 to 345kV. His previous roles have included T&D System Planning, Real-time Operations Support, System Protection, and Asset Management Consultant. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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