Advisory Board

Identify – Protect – Detect – Respond – Recover

The MPS-ISAO serves as a trusted collaborative facilitating open dialogue, critical insight and thought exchange linking public- and private-sector Maritime and Port critical infrastructure owners and operators to enable and sustain cyber resilience. :

For the MPS-ISAO to effectively and successfully advance cyber resilience requires the leadership and expertise represented by the MPS-ISAO Leadership Advisory Board and Strategic Advisors. Comprised of Maritime and Port stakeholders, each Advisory Board Member engages with a defining voice to:


  • Enable management of Maritime & Port critical infrastructure security risks to physical, human and cyber elements
  • Enhance all-hazards preparedness and resilience of the Maritime & Port Transportation System to safeguard national, and international interest
  • Discuss and advise on issues and challenges of strategic important to the Maritime and Port critical infrastructure
  • Provide guidance and support to advance achievement of the MPS-ISAO’s mission, goals and objectives.
  • Contribute to defining and delivering scalable, flexible, and adaptable cyber resilience solutions, represented in the products and services by the MPS-ISAO.
  • Support implementation of processes for effective collaboration to share mission-essential information within and across sectors (public and private)
  • Participate in defining and operationalizing Maritime & Port Cyber Resilience leading practice supported by role-based workforce education.




MPS-ISAO Leadership Advisory Board



  • Chris Carter, Information Security Analyst, Port of Vancouver, USA
  • Joe Coccia, Port Security Manager, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Scott Cole, Information Technology Manager, New Orleans Public Belt
  • David Cordell, CIO, Port of New Orleans
  • Brian Cox, Director of Operations, Port of South Louisiana
  • Mark Dubina, VP of Security, Port Tampa Bay
  • John L. Esposito, VP Safety and Security, Ports America
  • Wanda Gordon, Marine IT Solutions Architect, Crowley
  • Maria Hope, Director of IT, Crowley
  • Lester Millet III, Policy & Planning Director, Safety Risk Agency Mgr., Port of South Louisiana
  • Darich Runyan, Sr. Director, Terminal Technology, Port of Virginia
  • Andy Schwalb, CIO/CTO, Virgin Voyages
  • David St. Pierre, Director of Seaport Security, Port Manatee
  • Peter Watts, Global Cyber Intelligence Advisor, BP
  • Jason Welch, Director of Security, AUSTAL USA



MPS-ISAO Strategic Advisors



  • Scott Blough, Executive Director for Cyber Defense & Forensics, Tiffin University
  • Desiree Carter, Executive VP/COO, SecureXperts, Inc.
  • James Dean, President & CEO, TrueCourse Advisory Services, LLC
  • Chris DeWitt, Sr. Technical Advisory for Maritime / Offshore OT Cyber Security, Cyber Mariner
  • Scott Dickerson, Founder & Principal, CISO LLC
  • Michael Echols, CEO, International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI), Former Director Joint Program Management Office, Private-Sector Information Sharing, Enhanced Cybersecurity Service (ECS) and the Cyber Information Sharing and Collaboration Program (CISCP)
  • Gary C. Kessler, Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Gary Kessler Associates
  • John Jorgensenm CISSP-ISSAP, Chief Scientist, ABS CyberSafety™, American Bureau of Shipping
  • Brant Mitchell, Director for Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, Louisiana State University
  • Capt. David Nichols, United States Coast Guard (USCG) (Ret.), Business Development Director, ABS Advanced Solutions
  • Dr. Susan Pickman, Faculty Advisor and USCG Auxiliary Flotilla Staff Officer, John Jay College Auxiliary University
  • Randall Sandone, Executive Director for Critical infrastructure Resilience Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Crowley
  • Darnell Washington President and CEO, SecureXperts, Inc.