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Nation-state nuclear and cyber threats. Increasing tensions in the NATO-Russia Ukraine war confrontation. Global-scale pandemic. Accelerating planet-scale climate, food and inflation crises.

At a time of extreme geopolitical instability and unprecedented fragility in our tightly interdependent global supply chains, preeminent cyber and security directors, past and present, will gather from throughout the world in the 1st ever multi-national Global Cyber and EMP Strike Exercise.

Enriched with tailored video “injects,” this unique event will offer a window into the thinking of a remarkable group of current and former national and corporate security directors at a time of unprecedented, civilization-scale threats.

Participating Directors will explore the unique risks and national and global resilience opportunities associated with extreme cyber and EMP strikes. The live exercise will be hosted as a large-scale, international webinar, with viewers, joining from many nations, participating by submitting real-time questions in “chat mode” which may be added to the Directors’ discussion, and addressed online by EIS Council’s subject matter experts.

Please plan to join us for this unique and important conversation in this special event of the EARTH EX® global exercise series. 

Meet Our Speakers

Lord James Arbuthnot, House of Lords; Former Chair, Parliamentary Defence Select Committee, UK

The Rt. Hon. Lord James Arbuthnot, MP, Baron Arbuthnot of Edrom, became a Life Peer and a Conservative Party member of the House of Lords in 2015. Previously, he served as Chair of the UK House of Commons Defence Committee, a position he held from 2005 to 2015. From 2001 to 2005 James Arbuthnot was Shadow Secretary of State for Trade, and also a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee.

Previous to this, he served as Minister of State for Defence Procurement (1995-1997) and Opposition Chief Whip (1997 -2001), after serving as a Government Whip and Parliamentary Undersecretary of State at the Department of Social Security. James Arbuthnot first entered the UK Parliament in 1987 as MP for Wanstead & Woodford and, beginning in1997, represented North East Hampshire.

Brigadier General Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, US

Alicia Tate-Nadeau was appointed by Governor JB Pritzker to serve as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor and the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) in January 2019. In her capacity as Illinois Homeland Security Advisory, Tate-Nadeau serves on the Executive Committee for the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor Council. She also leads the Illinois Governor’s Public Safety Executive Committee and Illinois Cyber Security Executive Committee. Tate-Nadeau also serves on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, as Regional Vice President of the Homeland Security Committee for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), the Cybersecurity Committee for the Council of Governors and is nominated for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

Tate-Nadeau brings more than three decades of experience in national security, emergency management, and public safety issues. Prior to this appointment, Tate-Nadeau served as Executive Director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications where she implemented and managed the third largest 9-1-1 call center in the nation.

Clinton Firth, Partner, Global Cybersecurity Energy Industry leader, Ernst and Young, UAE

Clinton Firth is a global thought leader in Cybersecurity and is the Partner in charge of EY Cybersecurity Middle East North Africa.

Clinton brings clients a unique business perspective as an experienced Cybersecurity executive with successful senior roles including consulting, managed security operations, threat intelligence and solution design. This is complemented with diversified experience and background that has spanned commercial, government and Defence clients.

Clinton’s unique experience has helped many customers with Cybersecurity issues ranging from board level, strategy, managed services to consultative threat intelligence. All conducted in a pragmatic, solution orientated approach and delivery relevant to the client’s business.

Esti Peshin, General Manager, Cyber Division, Israel Aerospace Industries

Esti Peshin is General Manager of the Cyber Division at the Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. At the beginning of 2017, under Ms. Peshin’s management IAI’s cyber activity was expended from a Directorate to a Division. She serves also as the Director General (pro bono) of the Israeli Hi-Tech Caucus at the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. Prior to assuming these roles, Ms Peshin was the Managing Partner of ENP Solutions Ltd., a strategic management consulting firm; a Partner at Destino Ventures LLC, a private equity firm; and a Partner at Hope Ventures Ltd, a Distributor and Business Development house. Previously, Ms. Peshin was the CEO of Waterfall Security Solutions, a provider of a foolproof physical security gateway for homeland security and mission-critical installations.  Before joining Waterfall, she held an Account Director position in the Lawful Interception division of Verint Systems, Inc. She served 11 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, in an elite technology unit, where she was  Deputy Director.

Rajesh Garg, Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer & Head of Cybersecurity Practice at Yotta and Head of COE, India

Digital Transformational Business Leader with 28+ years of diverse experience in Technology, Strategy, Transformation, Enterprise architecture, Cybersecurity, Service Delivery and assurance, Service offering management, Governance, Business engagement and Global leadership. Experience includes developing new profit centres and revenue streams of ~USD 200 mn p.a. and ongoing delivery management.
Rajesh Establishing and managing all aspects of IT operations across the globe including IT infrastructure, software development & delivery, Pre Sales, Information Security and Customer Care; handled key positions of Global IT Infrastructure Head, COE – Business head and CISO for over a decade.
He has an extensive experience in managing experts/ technology in the area of Cloud Enabled Hosting, Cyber /Enterprise Security & mobility Solutions, Enterprise Applications, Customs development & Remote Infrastructure Managed Services.

Yuri Rassega, Chief Information Security Officer, Enel Group, Italy

Yuri Rassega was appointed in June 2016 as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Enel. [Enel is one of the world’s leading and an integrated player in the global power, gas, and renewables markets. The Company produces and distributes electricity for business and household end-users globally in 32 countries. Enel
manages thermal, wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower plants in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

The Group generates energy with a managed capacity of almost 90 GW, distributing electricity across a network spanning approximately 2.2 million km. With almost 74 million end-users around the world, Enel is one of Europe’s leading energy companies by installed capacity, reported EBITDA and Market Cap]. Since June 2016, Yuri Rassega has been Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Enel, a multinational energy company and one of the main operators in the integrated electricity and gas sector in the world (operating in 34 countries on 5 continents). Yuri is in charge of leading all the processes of IT&OT&IoT Cyber Security Risk Management, Governance, Engineering, Assurance and Operation including group CERT (CSIRT) and Digital Identity Management.

Yosi Shneck, Former Chief Cyber Officer and CIO, Israel Electric Corporation

Yosi is in charge of Cyber entrepreneurship and business development, including R&D, cyber products and services development, support of the IEC’s cyber unit, marketing, and deployment worldwide. Leading the R&D projects and activities in the European research programs for more than ten years, including the FP7 and Horizon 2020 programs.

More than 46 years of experience in computer systems & technologies in utilities, including information systems, scientific applications, supper computing & communication, control systems, infrastructures & architectures, and cyber.  In addition to his duties as ITC leader, he was responsible for readying the company against cyber-attack threats, including IT/OT environments. Being accountable for the cyber activity of supercritical infrastructure, Mr. Shneck is involved in many nationwide and international initiatives in this field.

His previous functions in the IEC include SVP Information and Communications and Chief Cyber Officer; Head of Information Systems and Communication Division, CIO; Member of the selection committee for an investor in the new communication infrastructure company; Head of the National Communications and Electronics unit and Deputy of the Information Systems and Teleprocessing Division; Head of R&D computer department.

Yigal Unna Former Head of INCA, Israel National Cyber Authority

He began his career in the field of cyber-technology as a captain in the Intelligence Unit. In 1995, he was recruited by the Israel Security Agency, where he held a series of senior management positions in the signals intelligence (SIGINT) and cyber sectors, which combined intelligence and active operations as well as strategic development and the implementation of new technology.
Unna’s positions throughout the his many years of service with the ISA included the following: head of the Cyber-SIGINT Directorate (which was also responsible for the National Authority for Information Security – Cyber Defense), head of the Cyber Division , head of the Cyber-SIGINT Infrastructure Department, head of the Communications Research and Data Mining Department, and head of the Cyber Warfare Unit. Unna founded some of the units he headed and developed them from the ground up, as well as establishing the basis for their operations.
After 22 years of service with the Israel Security Agency, Unna joined the National Cyber Directorate, where he was tasked with setting up the National Cyber Bureau’s Cybertechnology Unit as well as leading it until his appointment as head of the unified Directorate.

Bob Kolasky, former Director, National Risk Management Agency, US Department of Homeland Security, Senior Vice President for Critical Infrastructure, Exiger

Bob Kolasky is Senior Vice President for Critical Infrastructure at Exiger where he focuses on developing cutting-edge third-party risk management solutions for the critical infrastructure community.  In this role, he leads market strategy for addressing third party and supply chain risk in critical infrastructure and bringing to bear analysis to support enhanced business and government operations.

Brian Harrell, Vice President and Chief Security Officer (CSO) at AVANGRID, former Assistant Secretary at Department of Homeland Security

Brian currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Security Officer (CSO) at AVANGRID, an energy company with assets and operations in 24 states. He is responsible for the company’s cybersecurity, privacy, physical security, and intelligence units.

In 2018, Brian was appointed by the President of the United States to serve as the sixth Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He was also the first Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). He has spent time during his career in the US Marine Corps and various private sector agencies with the goal of protecting the United States from security threats.

 

Mikael Odenberg, former Secretary of Defence and former CEO of the National Grid, Sweden

Mikael Odenberg is the former President and CEO of Svenska Kraftnät, Sweden’s National Grid, and is also a member of the Government of Sweden’s Government’s Crisis Management Council. Mikael Odenberg studied at Stockholm University and Stockholm School of Economics. He is a Major (res.) in the Swedish Marines. He has held a number of public offices since the late ‘70s. Mikael Odenberg was a Member of Parliament in Sweden from 1991 to 2007. While in Parliament, he served as Party Spokesman on Energy Affairs from 1994
through 1998. Following this, he served as Party Spokesman on Labour Market Affairs from 1998 to 2002. He was then Parliamentary Leader from
2003 to 2006.

Mikael Odenberg was a member of the Government of Sweden as Minister of Defence from 2006 to 2007.

Avi Schnurr, CEO - EIS Council, Israel

Avi Schnurr is CEO and President of the Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council.
Mr. Schnurr has reviewed severe “Black Sky” hazards to lifeline utilities for a number of state and federal government departments and agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Security Council, Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Homeland Security, among others. He has been a leader in development and coordination of protection strategies for critical national infrastructures, working with senior executives of the nation’s largest power, water, and fuel companies, with other corporate sectors, and with key government and NGO stakeholders.

Mr. Schnurr has provided invited briefings for NATO, the European Union, Parliamentary Committees, government science advisors and energy ministries. He has reviewed U.S. defense policies for the Department of Defense, the White House Homeland Security Council, the National Academy of Sciences, Congress, NATO and a variety of other venues. Until the end of 2004, Avi Schnurr worked for Northrop Grumman’s Space Technology Sector in California, where he had system responsibilities for space payloads and other advanced systems and instruments, and also managed U.S. and international defense programs. He holds a number of patents in laser and optical systems and twice received the corporate Chairman’s Award for Innovation. Avi Schnurr received his M.Sc. Degree in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Martin Keprt, Director of Cyber and Physical Security and Head of CERT. EGD, Czechia

Ranger Dorn, Exercise Coordinator - EIS Council, USA

Ranger Dorn is the Exercise Coordinator for the EIS Council and has helped with the development and delivery of EARTH EX as well as Black Sky Exercises since 2017. He is a founding member and Managing Partner with Utility Response Training Associates, LLC, providing training and exercises to utilities as well as private and public organizations throughout the US.Ranger served on Regional and National Incident Management Teams from 1997 to 2016, in the positions of Operations Section Chief, Deputy Incident Commander, and Incident Commander, responding to several incidents of national significance. Ranger is a Master Exercise Practitioner – MEP and has developed and delivered exercises from Tabletop to Full Scale nationwide, including evaluating a state response for a National Level Exercise. He has provided ICS training and course development to organizations throughout the US for FEMA, EMI, the National Sheriffs Association, the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition Inc, the US Coast Guard, several large electric, gas, and water utilities, as well as state and local government agencies.

Dr Chris Beck as Co-Facilitator and EMP Panelist-SME, EIS Council

Chris Beck is the Chief Scientist and Vice President for Policy at EIS Council, where he has worked since May 2011. He is responsible for the analysis, design, and promotion of critical infrastructure resilience for widespread, long-duration power outages initiated by Black Sky threats.

Dr. Beck is a technical and policy expert in several homeland security and national defense related areas including critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, science and technology development, WMD prevention and protection, and emerging threat identification and mitigation. Dr. Beck served as the Subcommittee Staff Director for Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Science and Technology and was the Senior Advisor for Science and Technology for the House Committee on Homeland Security (CHS), US House of Representatives, where he worked from May 2005 to May 2011. Prior to CHS, he worked in the office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for three years, beginning as a Congressional Science Fellow and then as a legislative assistant.

Before government service, Dr. Beck was a postdoctoral fellow and adjunct professor at Northeastern University. He holds a PhD in physics from Tufts University (2001) and a B.S. in physics from Montana State University (1994). He served in the Marine Corps Reserve for five years (1987 – 1992).

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