Ernest N. Hayden (Ernie), CISSP, GICSP (Gold), PSP, is an industrial control systems cyber and physical security subject matter expert. Previously, he was a cybersecurity lead at the Canada-based BBA Inc.; an executive consultant with Alexandria, Va.-based Securicon; and before that, he was managing principal, critical infrastructure protection/cybersecurity with Verizon.
He has extensive experience in industrial controls security, the power utility industry, critical infrastructure protection/information security, cybercrime and cyberwarfare. Ernie is a noted writer and speaker on the topic of industrial controls cyber and physical security, as well as the nuances of critical infrastructure protection.
Prior to Verizon, Ernie was the information security strategic advisor in the compliance office at Seattle City Light. Ernie was also the chief information security officer for the Port of Seattle, one of the nation's largest combined airport and seaport operations.
Previously, Ernie held several significant management positions in both business management and the information security management arenas. He was president and CEO of Bellevue, Wash.- based MCM Enterprise, an advanced sensor technology company for the hydroelectric sector; he was IT security lead for the Seattle Justice Information System in the Seattle Municipal Court and Seattle Police Department; he was director of security services for Alstom Esca software; executive director for the Electric Power Research Institute covering western U.S. and Canadian operations; and a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy qualified as a nuclear engineer and surface warfare officer.