PROVIDENCE - Tying into a prominent theme of the National Governors
Association (NGA) Summer Meeting, the Rhode Island Governor's Homeland Security
Advisory Board (HSAB) held its first meeting last Wednesday to discuss the
future of the state's homeland and cybersecurity initiatives.
"I participated in many discussions on
cybersecurity and resiliency with my colleagues across the nation last week,
and one thing is clear: Rhode Island is moving in the right direction on
helping to protect our citizens and infrastructure from the complex threats
that exist today," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo.
Established by Governor Raimondo's Executive
Order 17-05, the HSAB is charged with advising on the development and
implementation of a comprehensive statewide strategy to secure Rhode Island
from both universal and localized threats with a focus on cybersecurity and
terrorism; improving statewide executive branch cybersecurity, skills training,
risk management, and technology deployment; and developing a framework for
establishing a Rhode Island-based National Cyber Center of Excellence. The
Board will pay particular attention to the implementation of recommendations
that the Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission (RICC) made at the completion of
its work in 2015.
Scott DePasquale - known for his leadership of
the RICC - serves as the chairman of the Board. DePasquale is the president of
the Financial Systemic Analysis and Resilience Center (FSARC), a long-term
strategic initiative founded by eight leading U.S. banks, focused on
identifying, assessing, analyzing and mitigating the most significant cybersecurity
risks that could cause systemic harm to infrastructure underpinning the U.S.
Working alongside DePasquale are Advisory
Kiersten Todt: managing partner, Liberty Group Ventures, and Presidential
Commission on Enhancing National Security member. Todt headed up President
Obama's National Cybersecurity Commission at the White House, which helped
carry out the President's Cybersecurity National Action Plan. The plan
strengthened cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors while
protecting privacy and maintaining public safety.
Michael Brown: current vice president and general manager, Global Public
Sector, RSA, and former Department of Homeland Security deputy assistant
secretary for cybersecurity and communications. His senior positions in the
U.S. Navy include director of Information Operations and deputy director of
Naval Intelligence for Cryptology for the chief of naval operations, in
addition to various senior position at the National Security Agency (NSA).
Michael Daly: chief technology officer, Raytheon IIS & Special Missions;
Daly has worked in the cyber security arena since 1986. He has held several
positions at Raytheon since 1996, including chief information security officer
and Raytheon's director for Cyber Sciences and Technology Centers.
Diana Hassel: associate dean of Academic Affairs, Roger Williams University
Law School; Prior to joining RWU's faculty, she served as an assistant United
States attorney for the southern district of New York. There, she represented
the United States in various aspects of civil litigation.
Sarah Morgenthau: managing director, Nardello and Co.; Morgenthau has also
served as the Department of Homeland Security's deputy assistant secretary for
the Department's Private Sector Office, where she oversaw the strategic process
of building interagency, public and private sector relationships.
During its first meeting, the Board heard from
leaders in Rhode Island's emergency management, health, utility, information
technology, and public safety communities about the state of homeland and
??"I look forward to working with the Governor, her
Cabinet and our outstanding group of highly experienced board members to
support the implementation of recommendations that the Rhode Island
Cybersecurity Commission made in 2015, and to work more broadly toward driving
a more resilient and secure Rhode Island," said Chairman DePasquale.
"The new Homeland Security Advisory Board will address the integrated
nature of the threat to our Homeland and the State of Rhode Island in the 21st
century. We are fortunate to have board members with a diverse background from
senior leadership roles in academia, the defense sector, U.S. Department of
Homeland Security, the White House and U.S. Cyber Command."
??Governor Raimondo also signed
onto the "Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity" last week, joining
37 governors across the United States and reaffirming her commitment to combat
cyber and homeland security threats.??"Much
of the work this compact talks about is already under way here in Rhode
Island," said Mike Steinmetz, Rhode Island's first cybersecurity officer
and principal advisor for homeland security. "It is critical that we work
together with our state partners and with national resources in the
intelligence, public safety and information technology communities to enhance