Michael Assante

Vice President for NERC and Expert for Industrial Control Systems Security

Michael Assante is currently the SANS lead for Industrial Control System (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) security. He served as Vice President and Chief Security Officer of the North American Electric Reliability (NERC) Corporation, where he oversaw industry-wide implementation of cyber security standards across the continent. Prior to joining NERC, Michael has worked at the Idaho National Labs and American Electric Power holding c-level positions at both. Peers awarded him with Information Security Magazine’s security leadership award, and RSA Conference’s outstanding achievement in security practices in an organization. He was an initial member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency. Before working in cyber security he served in naval intelligence and informational warfare and was honored as Naval Intelligence Officer of the Year.