Jack Whitsitt, recently identified by Tripwire as one of the top 10 Rising Stars and Hidden Gems in security education, and winner of TSA’s “Honorary Award” - the highest award given by the agency - brings a breadth of cyber security knowledge and thought leadership to any project he is involved with.
Currently a principle Analyst for Energysec, his unusual combination of hard technical, public/private partnership development, facilitation, and sector risk management experience allow him to provide particular insight into and leadership of strategic organizational, sector, and national cyber security initiatives and educational endeavors.
A participant in the national critical infrastructure protection dialogue for seven years, Jack has provided regular advice, insight, and thought leadership to all levels of government and industry and has been responsible for several successful sector-level initiatives. His background includes facilitation, technical R&D, national control systems cyber incident response (as a member of ICS-CERT via Idaho National Lab at the NCCIC), community building, large scale data analysis, Sector Specific Agency program development & execution, sales & marketing, and more.
Earlier this year, Mr. Whitsitt was also cited as an author in a NATO-sponsored report to develop Cybersecurity Confidence Building Measures intended to help nations avoid unintentional conflict escalation in cyberspace and was invited by name to a related MIT-sponsored “Cyber Norms Workshop 3.0” discussing sources of instability in cyberspace, cyberwar, deterrence, and related topics.
Whitsitt believes the scale and the complexity of the cybersecurity problem space requires a multi-disciplinary approach across disparate cultures and that the NIST Framework is an important tool in bridging those gaps.