CLACKAMAS, Ore., Aug. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On August 16, EnergySec honored two individuals at the 13th Annual Security and Compliance Summit held at the Disneyland Resort Hotel: Michael Meason is EnergySec's Cybersecurity Professional of the Year 2017 and Andy Bochman is EnergySec's Cybersecurity Leader of the Year 2017.
Each year, EnergySec gives special recognition to individuals who have stood out among their peers in displaying EnergySec's core values of service, innovation, and excellence.
Michael Meason is the Manager of Technical Services at Western Farmers Electric Cooperative. He has eight years of experience in the utility industry and ten years of experience in enterprise IT and cyber security in the financial services sector. Michael is actively employed in the electric utility industry and has provided leadership for IT operations, telecommunications engineering, network engineering/operations, cybersecurity, and critical infrastructure protection.
Michael earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Cameron University, and a M.S. Telecommunications Management from Oklahoma State University. Michael is a CISSP in good standing, a proud member of Infragard Oklahoma, and holds information assurance certificates from the Committee for Network Security Systems (CNSS), and the National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Instruction (NSTISSI).
Andy provides strategic guidance to senior USG and industry leaders on topics at the intersection of grid modernization and security. Previously he was the Global Energy & Utilities Security Lead at IBM and Senior Adviser at the Chertoff Group in Washington, DC. A frequent speaker, writer and standards developer, Andy has provided analysis on energy sector security actions, standards and gaps to DOE, DOD, FERC, NERC, NIST, NARUC, the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), and state utility commissions, most recently testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on energy infrastructure cybersecurity issues.
His two most recent papers, both published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), are "the National Security Case for Simplicity in Energy Infrastructure" (2015) and "IoT, Automation, Autonomy and Megacities in 2025: A Dark Preview" (2017).
The Energy Sector Security Consortium, Inc. (EnergySec) is a United States 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed to support energy sector organizations with the security of their critical technology infrastructures. Through our membership program, we support collaborative initiatives and projects that help enhance the cybersecurity resiliency of these organizations. www.energysec.org
Steve Parker, President, EnergySec, 503-905-2923