Human Performance Community of Practice: Cybersecurity for Operational Technology Environments Program
Sam Chanoski delivers technical leadership, expertise, and strategic insights to Cybercore’s portfolio of multi-million-dollar critical infrastructure security and resilience projects sponsored by the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense. He influences the development of large, long-term sustained programs for research, development, demonstration, and deployment associated with control system cybersecurity for nationally critical infrastructure, with particular focus on the energy sector.
Most recently Sam led Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Security Incident Readiness Team, where he managed global cybersecurity incident response for the company’s product and service offerings, ensured security in product development activities, and provided specialized support for complex and large customer projects.
Prior to joining Hitachi ABB Power Grids Sam spent eight years with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), where he was most recently the Electricity ISAC’s Director of Intelligence. In that role he worked with government and private sector organizations to exchange and analyze all-source intelligence in the context of the electric sector and develop mitigation strategies for significant grid threats. Before joining the E-ISAC Sam stood up NERC’s Bulk Power System Awareness (BPSA) group that continuously monitors real-time conditions and threats for the bulk power system, and led the Event Analysis group in the identification, trending, and development of lessons learned from reliability challenges across North America.
Before coming to NERC, Sam worked for Consolidated Edison, FirstEnergy, and Duquesne Light Company in several real-time operations and maintenance roles of increasing responsibility. A lifelong learner, he has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Operations Research (double major) from the US Air Force Academy, an MBA from Lehigh University, a ME in Transmission and Distribution Engineering from Gonzaga University, and an MS in Information Security and Assurance from Norwich University. He was a NERC certified system operator at the Reliability Coordination level for a decade, and maintains CISSP, GICSP, GCIP, and CEH certifications. Sam is a retired Army Reserve officer, culminating a 21-year career of information operations and intelligence support to defensive cyberspace operations with an appointment as one of the first Reserve Research Fellows at the Army Cyber Institute. His professional interests include real-time transmission and distribution operations, organizational behavior, control systems cybersecurity, and emergency management and resilience.