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If/When Dec 8, 2020

Cybersecurity: Systems, Sensors and Strategy

Show Contributors: Susan Howard, Dean Hullings, Eric Conway, Paul Thies


In this episode, we discuss cybersecurity maturity, industrial control systems, data breaches, network access control, the Internet of Things and more with Susan Howard, Director, Federal ICS Cybersecurity, Jacobs; Dean G. Hullings, Global Defense Solutions Strategist, Forescout; and Eric Conway, Technical Director, Cybersecurity, Jacobs (retired).

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Susan Howard is an Industrial Control Systems Senior Cybersecurity Consultant for Jacobs with a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and an M.S. in telecommunications engineering and cybersecurity from UC Boulder. Her current work includes governance, risk, and compliance for control systems cybersecurity, vulnerability assessments, and cybersecurity and telecommunications design consulting. Her work supports multiple sectors including water, wastewater, transportation, electric utilities, building automation, data center automation, and others. Industries she supports include private sector clients such as Intel and Microsoft, municipal and state water and transportation agencies, and Department of Defense clients including the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Her Master’s and Doctoral research is focused in securing Dedicated Short-Range Communication modalities for use in Autonomous and Connected Vehicles.

With 30 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, Dean Hullings provides strategic recommendations and guidance to the Forescout Public Sector account management team, connecting engagements and initiatives to maximize team productivity. Before joining Forescout, Dean spent 26 years in the US Air Force as a communications and cyber officer, serving in various leadership positions for Air Force and Joint Commands. Dean has a BS in Computer and Information Science from the University of Delaware and three master’s degrees in Public Administration, Military Operations and National Security and Strategic Studies.

At Jacobs, Eric Conway directed investment, research, and development of advanced cybersecurity solutions for customers in the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Federal Civilian market. He was a lead solutions architect, designing systems and products within the Jacobs Cyber core capabilities of cyber analytics, cyber operations, and cyber readiness. Mr. Conway oversaw Jacobs Cyber solution labs that developed security products that focused on cybersecurity assessment, monitoring, analytics, compliance, and training. He is a Principal Investigator (PI) for Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA) on programs developing next-generation cybersecurity solutions. Prior to Jacobs Mr. Conway spent 20 years as a systems and software engineer in the Intelligence Community, developing cyber capabilities, analytical systems, and enterprise software to support U.S. intelligence and security efforts.