Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience North America

Program – Day One

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10am – 12.30pm – Site Visit

2:00pm-3:30pm – Opening Keynote
Chair: John Donlon QPM, FSI
International adviser on security intelligence

Keynote Speakers:

Fred Ruonavar, Chief of DISA/DODIN Critical Infrastructure Program

Mr. Fred Ruonavar is the Chief of the Contingency Operations and DoD Information Network (DoDIN) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Branch in the Operations Directorate at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), located at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. He acts as the lead government agent for the DoDIN Sector CIP program. He serves as the technical advisor on matters involving infrastructure programs and organizational structures; evaluating directorate level plans and policies for use by Department of Defense employees in the development of information technology criteria; and Information Assurance programs and plans. In addition, he is the lead for the Agency’s Combat Support feasibility planning, providing managerial and supervisory oversight to the DISA supplemental requirements in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and other contingency operations in the Global War on Terrorism. Mr. Ruonavar also directs DoDIN/DISA CIP participation in annual COCOM Tier 1-level exercises, spearheading initiatives to implement standards, methodologies, and strategies that ensure the agency’s mission of providing world class service to the warfighter.

While directing contingency operations as the Chief of the DISA Crisis Action Team (CAT), he received the prestigious Director’s Award. Under his leadership DISA’s CAT responded to numerous catastrophic events including multiple hurricanes, Mediterranean cable cuts, the Haitian earthquake, and the Tsunami Fukushima.

Prior to his civil service assignments, he was a Design Engineer for SAIC supporting Boeing Information Services. He maintained operations and analysis oversight for the Defense Information System Network (DISN) and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) networks, which served well over 10,000 customers.

In 1987, Mr. Ruonavar, a Michigan native, joined the United States Air Force and began his military career with training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi. Mr. Ruonavar then went on to graduate with a degree in Electronic Systems Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. During his military career, he held a variety of staff assignments that involved performing evaluation, testing, and diagnostic troubleshooting of microwave and satellite radio links, wiring cutovers, and the management of emerging programs, facilities, circuits, and critical-secure systems.

Bryan Koon, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management

Bryan Koon has served as the Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management since February, 2011. Prior to joining the Division, he worked with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc for five years as Operations Manager and Director of Emergency Management.

Bryan’s experience within emergency management includes the private sector, federal government, and state government. Bryan worked at the White House Military Office for seven years where he was a Watch Officer in the President’s Emergency Operations Center while on active duty with the U.S. Navy. He then spent two years as Training Officer for Presidential Contingency Programs, conducting training and exercises for the White House Military Office, United States Secret Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and others. After concluding his active duty Navy service, Bryan continued to serve at the White House as a contractor from SRA, International.

Bryan’s specialty in the Navy was as a surface warfare officer. He served on two ships, USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) and USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), where he made several deployments while serving as Main Machinery Room Officer and Main Propulsion Assistant.

Bryan is currently serving as the Vice Chairman of the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council and is on the Board of Directors of the National Information Sharing Consortium. He is a past-president of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA).

Bryan has a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and an MBA and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Crisis Management from the George Washington University. He has also attended the Executive Leader’s Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Bryan lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Jennifer, and their three sons.

Senior Representative, Department for Homeland Security
Senior Representative, Department for Homeland Security

3:30pm-4:00pm – Networking Coffee Break

4:00pm-5:30pm – Plenary Session 1: Developing Greater Resilience in CNI
Hurricanes, Tornado’s and Flooding are a certainty, the only uncertainty is exactly where and when. Cyber security attacks can also now be added to the list of certainties, as they are now a daily occurrence. Man-made disasters and large scale terrorist attacks on CNI are deemed likely, so building resilience into our systems and services is crucial if we are to mitigate the impact on our security, economy, national public health and safety.
Chair: Frederic Petit, Regional Director, International Association of CIP Professionals

Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Program
Michael A. Norman, Acting Program Manager, Protected Critical Infrastructure (PCII) Information Program, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

DHS Risk Assessments Inform Owner and Operator Protection Efforts and Departmental Strategic Planning
Landis Lindsey, Senior Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Homeland Security and Justice Issues

Nothing Happens If You Can’t Move
Michael Lowder, Director – Office of Intelligence, Security & Emergency Response, US Dept of Transportation

Senior Representative, DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection Programs