Michael Assante

Vice President for NERC and Expert for Industrial Control Systems Security

Michael Assante was the founder of the ICS curriculum, ICS & SCADA Lead, and Director of Industrials and Infrastructure at SANS Institute.  As a leader in the ICS security community for more than 20 years, Mike brought a focused passion for securing organizations that make, move, and power our world. He also served as a Senior Associate with the Strategic Technologies Program for CSIS. Prior to joining SANS, Assante served as VP and CSO at American Electric Power, was a strategist at the Idaho National Labs, and the first CSO at NERC. He testified on cybersecurity matters before the US House and Senate and was an initial member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. Assante also co-led the international steering committee that created the most widely respected industrial control systems security skills certification program, the GICSP.  His work in ICS security was widely recognized and he was selected by his peers as the recipient of Information Security Magazine's Security Leadership Award for his efforts as a strategic thinker. The RSA 2005 Conference awarded him its Outstanding Achievement Award in the practice of security within an organization.  Mike’s influence on the ICS community continues as the SANS ICS team works to implement his vision of leading the way for workforce development in the field of ICS and SCADA security.