Michael Hamilton, MS, CISSP: Michael is the Founder and CISO of CI Security, and the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the PISCES Project. In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Michael has served as a Cybersecurity Policy Advisor for Washington State, Vice-Chair of the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC), Chief Information Security Officer for the City of Seattle, and Managing Consultant for VeriSign Global Security Consulting. In a previous life, he developed algorithms for hyperspectral remote sensing as an Ocean Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Dan Wordell is the Information Security Officer for the City of Spokane. He oversees the citywide strategic efforts to properly protect the City’s information technology systems and the data associated with it. Formalizing the security and internal controls standards that the City of Spokane has adopted in order to mitigate security risks to employee and community. He designs effective and appropriate security governance documents, coordination of physical security, guiding the corporate security strategy, developing effective corporate training programs, and the identification of required technical/administrative controls necessary to ensure appropriate risk based approach to security.
Erik Fretheim is the Director of Cybersecurity Programs at Western Washington University. Before coming to WWU, Erik was a Professor at City University of Seattle, and the United States Military Academy. He retired from the Army in 2010 after 33 years of service (active and reserve) and also was an engineer, consultant and CIO/CTO for several companies and has been involved with the Internet since its early days. Dr, Fretheim has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Brandon Hardenbrook, Chief Operating Officer, Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER): Brandon serves as COO of PNWER, a statutory public-private partnership chartered by the states of WA, OR, ID, MT, AK, and the Canadian provinces of BC, AB, SK, YT, and NWT. Brandon oversees all PNWER operations and working groups, including the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience. Prior to PNWER, Brandon served as an Army Air Defense Officer where he worked on the development and deployment of a new missile defense system.
Steve Stein is the Executive Director of PISCES-NW. As such Steve is responsible for the day-to-day business operations and expansion strategy for PISCES-NW. Steve retired in 2017, after 38 years with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he served as a senior program manager and Director of the Northwest Research and Technology Center providing new solutions to first responders and emergency managers.
Technical Advisory Committee Chairman
Michael Tsikerdekis is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Western Washington University. His research interests include deception, data mining, cybersecurity, and social computing. Tsikerdekis has a PhD in Informatics from Masaryk University. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.