Landing: NIST Cybersecurity Framework Training: Speakers
TUESDAY, MAY 3 - WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
SIOUX FALLS, SD
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Catherine, or Cassie, as most know her, has been with SDN Communications for almost 11 years. She was the first person hired for SDN’s Network Surveillance Center and was responsible for all hiring, training, documentation, and overseeing the call center’s day-to-day activity. In addition to call center manager, she also manages SDN’s Business Continuity Disaster Recovery Program. She took over the BCDR program in 2012 and received her certification as a Business Continuity Professional from The Business Continuity Institute in 2014. In addition to managing SDN’s BCDR program, Cassie also assists several SDN Member Companies with their BCDR programs.
Cassie is an Aberdeen native and graduate of Roncalli High School and Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. She and her husband, Brad, live in Sioux Falls.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Matt and his team are responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with both private and public sector Cybersecurity Framework stakeholders. He works through those relationships to provide perspective and guidance, as well as gather input on use of the Framework and to inform broader NIST cybersecurity activities.
He's also known for his program management of the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Program and NIST’s support of OMB's Federal Desktop Core Configuration initiative (predecessor to the U.S. Government Consensus Baseline initiative). Previous to NIST and over the past decade, Matt has served in various IT security executive roles.
Vernon Brown, SDN Communications’ vice president of marketing & community relations, joined the staff in 2002 after working a dozen years as a reporter on KELOLAND TV.
Beginning in 2004, Brown also served eight years on the Sioux Falls City Council. He remains active in the community as a volunteer.
in 2015 South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Vernon to the 911 Coordination Board. Locally he serves on Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation, the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Business Leadership Council, and SDSU Journalism Advisory Board. His past leadership has included South Dakota Municipal League, Southeastern Council of Governments, Great Plains Zoological Society, and STARBASE of South Dakota.
Brown is a native of Arlington, S.D., and a graduate of South Dakota State University. His wife, Tami, is an English teacher. They have a school-aged daughter.
Tim Casey is a Senior Strategic Risk Analyst with Intel Corporation in the company’s InfoSec Threat Intelligence and Infrastructure Protection group. He is responsible for developing and managing advanced risk management capabilities such as Intel’s Insider Risk, Threat Agent Analysis, and Wargaming programs. Since 2013 he has also led a cross-functional team at Intel to first engage with industry efforts to shape the U.S. Cybersecurity Framework, then successfully implement the new Framework internally across the company.
Originally a systems designer, Tim started at Intel architecting critical security capabilities for high-speed manufacturing. Before coming to Intel he worked in the U.S. defense industry and was an architect of many government and commercial high-security systems.
Outside of Intel, Tim is the lead cyber defense advisor for the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance and is an Industry Advisor to the Arizona State University’s Schools of Engineering. He is also the Industry Chair of the U.S. Information Technology Sector Coordinating Committee’s Risk Assessment Working Group, where he is the lead architect of U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security’s CARMA risk assessment methodology used to understand risks to the national critical infrastructure.
South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA)
Rich has served as the South Dakota Telecommunications Association’s general counsel and executive director since 1993. As the chief executive, Rich represents South Dakota’s rural telecommunications companies before the state Public Utilities Commission, other state agencies, the state legislature and the FCC. He is also active at the national level with associations representing rural telecommunications carrier interests.
He has served as a member of the NTCA Industry Committee for many years and has in the past held the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair for that Committee. Prior to joining SDTA, Rich worked as regulatory counsel for a regional long distance carrier based out of South Dakota. He also worked with the South Dakota PUC as a staff attorney specializing in telecommunications issues.
Silver Star Communications
Jefferson H. England is the Chief Financial Officer at Silver Star Communications, headquartered in Thayne, WY.
His educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, and a Master of Business Administration from Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID, and a Master of Finance at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.
His professional experience includes working as an auditor for a large multi-national accounting firm representing audit clients in a variety of industries. Additionally, he spent twelve years in executive leadership at a technology firm that specialized in providing professional services to variety of departments within the federal government, including cyber security audits for the Department of Homeland Security. Jeff has been actively involved in Cyber Security initiatives within the Telecommunications industry, including testimony before the US Senate Commerce Committee and a number of speaking engagements at the FCC, NIST and various industry association meetings. Jeff is currently fulfilling a role on the FCC’s Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC V). In addition to his role as CFO at Silver Star Communications, he serves as President of the Wyoming Telecommunications Association and as a member of the National Security and Public Safety Committee at USTelecom.
Bennet & Bennet, PLLC
Erin Fitzgerald is an associate attorney with Bennet & Bennet, PLLC. She joined the firm in 2013, and assists clients with wireline, wireless and broadband issues. She also serves as Regulatory Counsel to the Rural Wireless Association. Prior to joining Bennet & Bennet, Erin was an associate attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of a large, multi-national law firm where she represented clients in the video, satellite, wireline, and wireless sectors in regulatory and transactional matters. She has worked on issues regarding cybersecurity, spectrum auctions, wireless devices, Universal Service Fund reform, Lifeline service, E-Rate, Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, network neutrality, service quality requirements, and E-911 requirements.
Before attending law school at the University of Wisconsin, Erin was a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Kent Conrad. As a Senate staffer, Erin worked on rural policy issues and was responsible for the Senator’s telecommunications and education agendas. Erin is a North Dakotan living in Washington, D.C. When she’s not lawyering, she can be found at the park with her retired racing greyhound Sunny.
Carrie is the Manager of Government and External Relations for SDN Communications. She leads the company’s government and industry relations, spearheads federal business development initiatives and collaborates with departments across the company on cybersecurity and regulatory compliance. Carrie led a cross-functional team at SDN tasked with examining the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and developing a utilization plan to strengthen risk management and promote a culture of cybersecurity across the organization. She's a member of NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association’s cybersecurity working group.
Prior to joining SDN, Carrie served as U.S. Senator Tim Johnson's (D-SD) lead policy adviser on telecommunications, education, budget, tax, and labor public policy. As the Senator’s telecommunications policy adviser, Carrie led legislative and advocacy efforts directing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address the rural call completion problem, leading to the introduction of the Public Safety and Economic Security Communications Act of 2014 (S. 2125) and helping prompt the FCC to adopt the Report and Final Order Combating Rural Call Completion Problems (WC Docket No. 13-39). During Senator Johnson’s tenure as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, Carrie organized congressional hearings and advised the Chairman on issues relating to mobile payment technology and cybersecurity for financial institutions.
Carrie received her M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and B.A. from American University. Carrie is a 2009 Rhodes scholarship finalist and one of 20 students recognized as 2009 USA Today All-Academic Team scholars. American University awarded Carrie the 2009 President’s Award, the highest annual honor given to one graduating senior for academic achievement.
SD Fusion Center
James is employed with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation as a Supervisory Special Agent. He has worked for the DCI since June of 1999. SSA Legg spent two years as an intelligence analyst in the Pierre DCI Office prior to becoming an agent. He was assigned to the Huron Field Office for five years before being assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force where he spent five years. In 2012, SSA Legg became the Director of the South Dakota Fusion Center, which is jointly administered by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and the Office of the Attorney General.
Robert is Vice President of Industry and State Affairs with the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) with responsibility for leading cyber and national security policy, State relations and coordinating various regulatory initiatives for the wireline broadband industry. He is past chair of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) and currently chairs the CSCC Cybersecurity Committee. Robert currently co-leads the Multi-Association Framework Development Initiative that represents 30 major U.S. trade associations on cybersecurity risk management policy issues. In June 2015, he was appointed to the FCC Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC V) after having led a 100 person team of cybersecurity professionals who produced a landmark report to adapt the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to five industry segments within the sector. He serves as a “senior” industry official on the U.S Government’s Unified Cyber Coordination Group (UCG) which coordinates national incident responses for major cyber events. In 2012 he was appointed by New York Governor Cuomo to serve on the NYREADY Commission which developed recommendations for the communications industry in response to “SuperStorm” Sandy.
Mayer served as the top telecommunications official for New York State as the Director of Telecommunications for the New York Public Service Commission from 2003 to 2007. In that capacity, he led several major initiatives including regulatory reform efforts based on emerging competition and oversaw a new agency department that focused exclusively on network reliability and public safety matters. In 2005, the FCC Chairman appointed him to the Federal State Enhanced E 911 VoIP Board and led multi-state policy initiatives in this area. Prior to this appointment, Robert was the lead regulatory practitioner in the Telecommunications and Cable Group at KPMG Consulting and a senior member of Deloitte Consulting’s Communication Practice. He was a law and policy analyst for the New York City Office of the Mayor and an attorney with the New York City Corporation Counsel.
Before his legal studies, Robert was an internal financial analyst for the international telecommunications divisions of both Chase Manhattan Bank and The Morgan Bank. He served as a communications specialist with the US Air Force and as an intelligence and communications supervisor at NATO Headquarters, Southern Europe Command in Italy. He received his B.A from Albany State University, his MA in Information Management from Central Michigan University, his MBA from Boston University, and his J.D from New York Law School.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Reggie has served in several capacities since his arrival to DHS in 2004. He currently serves as the Program Director and oversees the C3 Voluntary Program, where he works with public and private industry stakeholders to manage their cyber risk and improve the overall cyber resiliency of the United States’ critical infrastructure sectors.
Mr. McKinney previously served as the DHS representative to The Office of Director of National Intelligence on a Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force. He has also served in the capacity of Acting Director for the DHS Global Cyber Security Management program (GCSM), overseeing mission critical support functions in protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure through Cyber Security Education and Workforce Development, Software Assurance, Standards and Best Practices, and Supply Chain. Mr. McKinney also served as Chief of Staff for the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).
Prior to joining DHS, Mr. McKinney held various cyber security positions with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and The Department of Defense Joint Task Force Global Network Operations (JTFGNO). Mr. McKinney’s public service also includes more than 20 years with the US Army.
Sheriff Mike Milstead
Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff MIke Milstead is a second generation law enforcement officer and served more than 24 years on the Sioux Falls Police Department before becoming the Sheriff of Minnehaha County 19 years ago. Milstead has been active in Homeland Security and Information Sharing issues throughout his career. He serves on the Governor’s Senior Advisory Council for Homeland Security, and is a strong supporter of the South Dakota Fusion Center. Milstead was appointed by the DHS Secretary to serve on the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) Advisory Committee where he has served for 9 years. Sheriff Milstead is the Vice-Chair of the Global Advisory Committee (GAC) which serves as an advisory committee for the US Department of Justice and the Attorney General. He also serves on the Executive Board of Midwest HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), which helps fund and coordinate multijurisdictional drug task forces in our six state region. He is Vice-Chair of the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) Drug Enforcement Committee and also serves on NSA’s Homeland Security and Global Affairs committees.
Mike and his wife Rhonda are the proud parents of two children.
Dr. Josh Pauli
College of Computing, Dakota State University
Dr. Josh Pauli received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from North Dakota State University and now serves as a Professor of Cyber Security at Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, SD. Dr. Pauli has published more than 30 international journal and conference papers related to software security. His work includes invited presentations from DEFCON, Black Hat Briefings and The National Security Agency. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in software security at DSU and is the Director of DSU’s NSF CyberCorps Scholarship Program and the Principal for DSU’s NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Celia Paulsen works with a broad set of stakeholders to identify best practices and tools that organizations can use to manage their cybersecurity risks. Her specialty areas include small businesses and the cyber supply chain. In addition, Celia is the acting Industry Coordinator for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) where she is focused on helping build the cybersecurity workforce. Her recent publications include NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-161, Supply Chain Risk Management Practices for Federal Information Systems and Organizations, and NIST Internal Report (IR) 8023, Risk Management for Replication Devices
Eric Pulse is a principal at Eide Bailly and has nearly 20 years of experience as a Consultant in the IT industry and has worked in a multitude of industries, including telecommunications, throughout his career. As Director of Risk Advisory Services at Eide Bailly, Eric provides leadership in developing and enhancing information technology risk advisory and security consulting practice for people, processes, methodologies, and growth. He has experience performing IT audit and control reviews, service organization control reports, third party IT audits, HIPAA security, and PCDI Data Security Standard Compliance assessments. He has performed comprehensive assessments of external and internal computer systems and networks to determine security features and capabilities and to identify potential security system vulnerabilities. He regularly works with various information security frameworks and regulations including NIST SP 800-53, NIST Cybersecurity, ISO 27000, HIPAA, FFIEC, among others.
Eric recently testified at a U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on the topic of "Confronting the Challenge of Cybersecurity." His education background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Business Management from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD, and an expansive list of licensures which include: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC), and Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA).
Mark leads SDN Communications as its Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since 2000. SDN operates a regional broadband network in South Dakota and Minnesota that extends into eight states in the Upper Midwest. The company also provides secure data storage and managed cybersecurity products and services, including managed firewall, router, remote network monitoring, and distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection. The company works closely with government clients and small and midsize businesses across industry sectors to secure their networks and protect their sensitive data.
Shlanta worked as SDN’s network planning and operations director for two years before becoming CEO. Prior to joining SDN, Shlanta held various positions with Contel, GTE, Ameritech Cellular, and Consolidated Communications. Shlanta is a South Dakota native. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering and engineering management from the University of Missouri – Rolla.
In 2015, telecommunications trade magazine OSP recognized Shlanta as a “progressive rural network evolutionary.” Shlanta testified before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee in September 2015 regarding the evolving cybersecurity threats targeting small businesses and the utilization of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework by rural telecom providers and small businesses.
Shlanta is president of Forward Sioux Falls, chairman of the Education Telecommunications Board for South Dakota Public Broadcasting and a volunteer for the Boy Scouts, Junior Achievement and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Shlanta and his wife, Peg, have four boys.
U.S. Senator John Thune
Chaiman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee
John Thune grew up in Murdo, SD. His interest in politics was sparked at a young age after making five of six free throws during a freshman high school basketball game. He was later greeted by a spectator who said, “I noticed you missed one.” That spectator happened to be well-known sports enthusiast and South Dakota U.S. Representative Jim Abdnor. The introduction was the start of a friendship that ignited John’s career in public service.
John received his undergraduate degree at Biola University and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. Upon completion of his Master’s Degree in 1984, he married Kimberley Weems, a native of Doland, SD.
In 1989, John and his family returned to South Dakota, where he served as the Executive Director of the South Dakota Republican Party. In 1991, Governor George S. Mickelson appointed him the State Railroad Director, a position he held until 1993, when he became Executive Director of the South Dakota Municipal League.
In 1996 John won his first term as South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was reelected to a second term by the largest margin in South Dakota history and returned to Washington again in 2001 to serve his third term in the House.
John then honored his 1996 campaign pledge to serve only three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. After a narrow loss in a U.S. Senate race in 2002, he won his current U.S. Senate seat in 2004, when he made history by defeating a sitting U.S. Senate party leader for the first time in 52 years. In 2010, John was elected to serve a second term in the U.S. Senate in a rare unopposed race.
For the 114th Congress, Senator Thune serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; and the Finance Committee. Thune, who is the senior most Republican on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, serves as Chairman. Thune also served in Republican leadership as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee from 2009 – 2011 and now serves as the Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, the number three position in Senate Republican leadership.
John and his wife Kimberley live in Sioux Falls. They have two grown daughters, Brittany (married to Luke Lindberg) and Larissa (married to Scott Hargens). In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his family, pheasant hunting, and running.
NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
Jesse Ward is the Industry & Policy Analysis Manager for NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. Incorporated in 1954, it promotes the interests of nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies.
In her current role, Jesse focuses on policy issues related to network reliability and resiliency. She assists in the promotion of NTCA’s advocacy positions, authoring a variety of materials including regulatory filings, white papers, information distributed on Capitol Hill and outreach resources. Jesse represents the association by maintaining relationships with third-party organizations, various alliances or coalitions and Federal agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission, Department of Homeland Security, FirstNet, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
She also serves on several industry councils, including the Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) wherein she was elected by her peers to serve on the CSCC executive steering committee for 2016; and the Communications Information Sharing and Analysis Center (also known as the Comms-ISAC). In addition, she assists with various working groups at the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, Interoperability and Reliability Council.
She is a frequent public speaker at state and regional meetings, and Washington, D.C.-based forums. For instance, in 2015 she spoke at an event at the national press club and televised live on CSPAN, and later that year, on a NARUC-convened panel devoted to cybersecurity.
Jesse has been on staff with NTCA since 2005. Prior to her current role, Jesse served as both a policy analyst and technology analyst. Among her prior accomplishments, Jesse provided substantial research to NTCA’s Smart Rural Community initiative. She currently lives in Bethesda, MD, with her husband George, and her Australian Labradoodle, Willow.
Network Management Center, Nsight
Kathleen serves as the Director of Network Operations for Nsight Telservices. Nsight provides wireless, business and residential local service, long distance, Internet, web hosting, and tower erection and maintenance services in the Midwest. She is a member of the Cellular Telephone Industry Association, CyberSecurity Working Group and frequent participant in the FCC’s Communications, Reliability and Interoperability Council Working Groups. She was previously Director of Network Operations including IP Security for Qwest Communications/Centurylink. She holds a Master’s Degree in Scientific and Technical Communications from the University of Minnesota.
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