Colorado Chapter: Navigating Cybersecurity In Energy

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Navigating Cybersecurity In the Energy Industry (Virtual event)


We all were shocked when a ransomware attack caused a major shortage of gas on the east coast last year. In our day to day, we’re focusing our top concerns around meeting local regulations to avoid fines, making sure our PPE is up to date, and working hard at establishing meaningful relationships with our community. How can doing something that feels so innocent, like the split second it takes to click on a bad link cause a major economic shortage? Amazingly, the energy industry as a whole was one of the top 5 most attacked industries in 2021, and are only predicted to become a bigger target.

Join our panel of experts for our virtual event on March 15th as we discuss these new and emerging threats to the energy industry. Together we’ll explore the current threats, emerging regulations around cybersecurity, and possible solutions to reduce risk.


Speaker Bios:
Leeann Nicolo, Incident Response Lead, Coalition Inc.
Leeann started the Coalition Incident Response practice in July of 2019. She specializes in digital forensics and cyber investigations. She has conducted investigations into ransomware, phishing, hacking, data breaches, trade secret theft, and employee malfeasance. Leeann has investigated thousands of digital devices and has extensive subject matter expertise in Windows enterprise forensics, mobile device forensics, business email compromise, cloud security, and ransomware. In addition to her hands-on digital forensic and incident response work, she has assisted in the development of affidavits, declarations, and expert witness reports for testifying experts. She is a SANS Lethal Forensicator Coin Holder and on the GIAC Advisory Board. 2022 will be her 10th year working in the field.


Alex Wood, Enterprise Information Security, The Anschutz Corporation
Alex Wood has over 20 years of experience in Information Security and is currently the CISO for The Anschutz Corporation and manages the Enterprise Information Security and Risk Management program. Alex has managed security programs and services at major companies across verticals, including telecommunications, energy, healthcare, entertainment, travel, and financial services. Additionally, Alex has served as a Director on the International Board of the Information System Security Association (ISSA) and is Past-President of the ISSA Denver Chapter. Alex is also Co-host of the Colorado = Security Podcast, a movement that highlights the amazing security community in Colorado.


Michelle Pellon, Cloud Security Engineer, W Energy Software
A life-long hacker and highly experienced security executive, Michelle Pellon has a passion for security. She blends a unique mix of technical expertise and executive experience to bridge the gap that can often form between security practitioners and business leaders. She advocates to fellow business leaders and industry audiences both as a high-level cyber security professional and through her presence in the security community. Her goal is to change how we look at the security of our interconnected way of life and focus attention on defending privacy and cultivating trust.

A native of Houston, Michelle began her IT career as a programmer on the Human Genome Sequencing Project. Her passion for security quickly shaped her career as she moved into a critical role working with Federal law enforcement teams to fight child exploitation online.

Michelle directs the DevOps and Cybersecurity strategy for W Energy Software, connecting corporate operational and security objectives to business initiatives. Additionally, she shares her message about evolving how people think about and approach security, privacy, and trust through speaking engagements at various conferences and other events. When not engaged in security research and advocacy, she is also an accomplished sailor with the Houston Yacht Club.


Dmitriy Tishechkin, Principal Partner Technical Lead, Amazon Web Services
Dmitriy Tishechkin is Principal Partner Technical Lead, Energy, Amazon Web Services. Dmitriy has over 20 years of experience of architecting and delivering enterprise solutions to customers, and 15 years spent in Energy industry. For more than 4 years with AWS, Dmitriy has been working with the partner community to build, market, and launch their Exploration and Production workflows on AWS. Dmitriy is interested in renewable energy and reducing carbon footprint technologies.


Thank you to W Energy Software, for sponsoring this event!

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March 14th, 2022

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3/15/2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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