Michael Hoffman

Michael is currently a Principle ICS Security Engineer for Shell and has over 20 years of combined experience across the Oil and Gas landscape between ICS Security, Controls and Automation, and Instrumentation. He is a fervent believer in lifelong learning and has both an AAS Degree in Instrumentation & Control Technology and a BS Degree in Computer Science. Michael is currently enrolled in the SANS Technology Institute (STI) MSISE program with a focus in ICS Security and is looking forward to completing the degree at end of 2020/early 2021.


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Having a passion for learning also makes him excited to be able to impart knowledge to others and share his enthusiasm for ICS security. Additionally, he loves to bring theoretical concepts to a practical level and introduce context from the 20 plus years of experience in ICS environments; the opportunity to mentor and inspire others to grow is a rewarding aspect of instructing. The ability to help companies and the ICS/OT security community to ensure critical industrial systems are kept operational in light of the increasing cyber threat landscape is a significant privilege. Because SANS has fundamentally changed Michael’s life and career, he wants to be part of inspiring and training the next generation of security professionals.

Michael currently holds the GRID-Gold, GICSP-Gold, GCIP, GPEN, GCIH, GCIA, GPYC, GSEC, GSTRT, GCPM, GCCC, CISSP, PMP, and CCNA certifications. He is currently working towards the GSE certification to complete the STI MSISE degree.

Outside of studying ICS security, working, and teaching, Michael can be found in the mountains of Washington state where enjoys camping and hiking. When weather refuses to permit escape into the wilderness, he can be found at home listening to music and playing his bass guitar.