Fast ThinkingMay 11, 2021
FAST THINKING: How to stop the next pipeline hack
By Atlantic Council
The hack has been tied to an Eastern European (and possibly Russia-based) collective known as DarkSide and US President Joe Biden has said that Russia bears some responsibility for the hack, even though the attack does not appear to have been state-sponsored. How can companies fight back against this rising trend of ransomware attacks? What can the Biden administration do?
Andy Bochman is the senior grid strategist for Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) National and Homeland Security directorate. In this role, Mr. Bochman provides strategic guidance on topics at the intersection of grid security and resilience to INL leadership as well as senior US and international government and industry leaders.
A frequent speaker, writer, and trainer, Mr. Bochman has provided analysis on electric grid and energy sector infrastructure security actions, standards, and gaps to the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Academy of Sciences, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), and state utility commissions.
Teaming up with DOE, NARUC, and other US and international partners, Andy has cyber-trained grid operators and regulators in half a dozen Central and Eastern European countries and more than half of the US states. He is an infrastructure cybersecurity subject matter expert listed with the US State Department Speakers Bureau.
Andy has testified before the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on energy infrastructure cybersecurity issues and before FERC on the security readiness of smart grid cybersecurity standards. He has also held recurring conversations on grid security matters with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) and the National Security Council (NSC).
Along with INL colleague and co-writer Sarah Freeman, he recently published a book introducing and documenting a book on INL’s new approach for defending against top-tier cyber adversaries: Countering Cyber Sabotage: Introducing Consequence-based Cyber-Informed Engineering. (Taylor & Francis, 2021)
He began his career as a communications officer in the US Air Force, and prior to joining INL he was the global energy & utilities security lead at IBM and a senior advisor at the Chertoff Group in Washington, DC. Mr. Bochman received a bachelor of science degree from the US Air Force Academy and a master of arts degree from the Harvard University Extension School.