ABOUT

Mike is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Acacia Security, a Maryland Corporation, providing consulting services to enhance the security of Energy Sector industrial control systems. Prior to founding Acacia Security, Mike was the Senior Cyber Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the U.S. Department of Energy. He was responsible for coordinating all ICS cybersecurity activities that could impact the Energy Sector, to include legislation, policies, threat information sharing, best practices, and research and development.

Mike established and led the Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP) with the Electricity Subsector; current participants provide electric power to more than half of the continental U.S. customers. In January 2016, Mike proposed and help facilitate the Department of Energy-led U.S. Government technical support team’s deployment to Ukraine to assist with the December 23, 2015 outage investigation. He also oversaw the preparation and review of a variety of presentations, reports and analysis of lessons learned from the investigation.

Prior to his career at Department of Energy, Mike served in a variety of National and Homeland Security roles, both as an Active Duty Army Judge Advocate, and as a civilian consultant. He was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, providing legal advice to the Army Operations Center when the plane hit the building. Mike subsequently addressed a wide range of challenging legal issues, many of which helped facilitate the establishment of U.S. Northern Command and the Department of Homeland Security. Mike has held a security clearance since 1988.

For 32 years Mike has worked extensively with Government – both military and civilian – as well as private sector security professionals, both physical and cyber security focused, in a combat zone, in the United States and internationally. During his eight years at Department of Energy, he addressed a wide variety of natural and man-made events – both intentional and accidental – impacting the Energy Sector. All of these events required continuous, collaborative relationships with every relevant stakeholder community, within and outside the U.S. Government. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center.