Guest Speakers

The program committee is pleased to announce the Guest Speakers for this year’s 2016 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium:

(see also program schedule)

Demystifying Cyber Attacks on ICS: How They Work and How to Use Engineered and Cyber Layer of Protections
Bryan Singer will deliver a talk about recent developments in ICS focused malware and documented attacked against ICS such as the Ukranian Power Grid incident show that successful attacks against ICS are growing in sophistication, and are often using complex multi-faceted techniques to manipulate physical processes. – view abstract

Water Sector Approach to Cybersecurity
Kevin Morley will provide an overview of the American Water Works Association’s development of a sector-specific approach to support voluntary use of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. The AWWA guidance and use-case tool were developed to aid non-technical utility managers gain an understanding of key risk management actions that can support a robust cybersecurity program. – view abstract

AWWA Current News and Trends
Michael Sweeney will cover a variety of topics of regional and national interest to the water industry, including water conservation monitoring and performance and near term and long-term water quality and supply concerns in Central Florida.

Asset Management Workshop
Tom DeLaura will provide an overview of the Asset Management and it’s importance for managing instruments for reliability and safety. As regulatory agencies continue to impose the requirements for Asset Management programs upon water and wastewater agencies, it is necessary to understand what this means to Automation professionals. The components of Asset Management can be more effectively supported by automation, when it is used with an understanding of the term, its 5 basic components, and the expected objectives. This session will define AM and its perspectives, and show how manufacturers and owners are addressing the use of automation in developing and deploying AM plans,products, tools and practices. Automation professionals will see how SCADA, CMMS, GIS, sensors, and other automation and IT tools need be leveraged to accomplish the regulatory goals of AM programs.

About the Speakers:


Bryan Singer, WWAC2016 Guest Speaker

Bryan L Singer, CISSP, CAP is a Principal Investigator with Kenexis Security Corporation, based in Columbus, Ohio. In his over 25 years’ experience, he continues as one of the primary catalysts in the field of industrial control systems and SCADA security. His primary professional responsibilities include cyber vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, security program design, incident response, forensics, and cyber threat research.

Mr. Singer is a frequent speaker, trainer, and author on industrial cyber security including co-author of the book”Cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems: SCADA, DCS, PLC, HMI, and SIS” and the soon to be published book “Hacking Exposed Industrial Control Systems: ICS and SCADA Security Secrets & Solutions.” He also is a co-inventor on an industrial firewall patent, and holds various security certifications, and is a top rated instructor in ICS security for ISA including webinars and live courses.



Kevin Morley, WWAC2016 Guest Speaker

Kevin M. Morley, PhD is the Security & Preparedness Program Manager for the American Water Works Association (AWWA). In this role he works closely with a variety of organizations tasked with advancing the security and preparedness of the Nation’s critical infrastructure, including DHS/FEMA, EPA, USACE, CDC and the Water Sector Coordinating Council. This has included facilitating the expansion of mutual aid and assistance via the Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN) initiative.

In addition, he has supported the development of water sector standards and guidance for security and preparedness, including ANSI/AWWA G430: Security Practices for Operations and Management, ANSI/AWWA G440: Emergency Preparedness and ANSI/AWWA J100: Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection (RAMCAP®) Standard for Risk and Resilience Management of Water and Wastewater Systems. Most recently he led the development of a resource guide entitled Process Control System Security Guidance for the Water Sector and a supporting Use-Case Tool which provides a water sector-specific approach to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.


Michael Sweeney, WWAC2016 Guest Speaker

Michael Sweeney, PhD is the Deputy Executive Director of Toho Water Authority and has 30 years’ experience with water and wastewater utilities serving Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville. He has also provided consulting services in the areas of utility management and technology throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is a registered professional engineer and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Purdue University and a B.S. degree in Public Health from Indiana University. Memberships include ISA, AWWA and WEF. He is a member of the AWWA Utility Benchmarking Steering Committee.






Tom DeLaura, WWAC2016 Guest Speaker

Tom DeLaura has over 40 years of experience successfully aligning advanced technology with innovative management practices to achieve business goals.  His experience covers both process control and business systems, as integrated programs. His career began as an end user and manager of information and process control computer systems with a major municipality, and has moved through the realm of consulting, into independent contractor. His water community first-hand experiences and management skills help clients leverage technology to create environments of collaboration and fully informed decision making, utilizing human and technical resources to produce optimum results.  He understands the day-to-day activities that lead to the complete lifecycle management of assets, and therefore how automation can support every component of Asset Management. His resulting philosophy thoughtfully considers the critical roles that people (organization), processes (workflows), and technology play in the success of the planning, capital, and operational initiatives of AM programs.