An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal.
Operational technology systems that run many critical infrastructure functions are becoming more dependent on information technology. As these worlds converge, emergency preparedness professionals must address the related security challenges. This article shares some lessons learned and uses a foundational knowledge of the topic to inspire possible solutions.
Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.
Critical Infrastructure Analyst, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Nathan DiPillo currently serves as an appointee of the California Governor’s Office assigned
to the California Office of Emergency Services as a Critical Infrastructure Analyst in the State Threat
Assessment Center. Prior to state service, he functioned as a critical infrastructure specialist with
the Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). He also
spent over 15 years with the Transportation Security Administration, where he assisted standing up the
agency with policy development, training, and recruitment. He has over 25 years in the emergency
management and security industry beginning as a resident firefighter/emergency medical technician. He
also served with the California State Military Department, Army National Guard in the 223rd Training
Command ending his career as a Sergeant First Class. During that time, he served in many units,
finishing his career attached to the 102nd Military Police Training Division in an Opposition Force
Unit. He served as a career coach with Hire Hero’s USA and assisted in coordinating an emergency family
communications group in his local area. He possesses a Master of Emergency Management/Homeland Security
from National University and other Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of
Homeland Security (DHS), and military certifications.
Paul Galyen, CISM, is an experienced information security professional skilled in vulnerability management, security architecture, and endpoint security hardening, currently working with the California Cybersecurity Integration Center. Before state service, he worked as a contractor providing cybersecurity and digital forensic analysis for a large IT company and a major aerospace company. In addition, he served eight years as a communications specialist with the United States Army Reserve with the 801st Engineering Company (Horizontal Construction) and the 305th Engineering Company (Route Clearance), including a military deployment to Afghanistan in 2014 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He received a Master’s of Information Technology Management with a specialization in cybersecurity from Colorado State University Global Campus.