SUMMARY: Cyber-attacks have been at the forefront of national news as America’s energy infrastructure has become the target of hostile online actors. In this Keynote address, former Chief of Staff to the Department of Homeland Security Chad Sweet addresses these new forms of cyber-threats and the crucial role secure cloud solutions play in safeguarding the U.S. Further, he will discuss the future of cybersecurity in the industry, as protecting America’s energy systems will require private-public partnerships among local, state, and federal government.
PRESENTATIONS & ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Chad Sweet: Full Interview
Chad Sweet: Intro One
Chad Sweet: Intro Two
Rick Cutter, Managing Director, Cloud for Utilities
He has over twenty years of experience managing the delivery of technology solutions for utilities. As a Managing Director for Cloud for Utilities Mr. Cutter has established the Cloud for Utilities strategy in collaboration with Mr. Snead. Mr. Cutter brings a realistic view of the needs and concerns of this industry; especially as it relates to cloud technologies.
For AAC Utility Partners, of which he is a co-founder, he leads implementation strategy, planning and client team implementation support team. These services are delivered for On-premises and Cloud solutions exclusively to the utility industry.
In addition to his on-premise utility software experience, he also managed the first Cloud SaaS CIS model for the utility industry. This business model was a variable price model service based on consumption without license fees. The business focused on the emerging deregulated energy markets in the late 1990’s. In those early days, the model was referred to as Application Service Providers (ASP).
Amos Snead, Managing Director, Cloud for Utilities
As Managing Director of Cloud for Utilities with more than a decade of leadership and communications experience, Amos Snead takes an innovative and personal approach to helping utility companies access the benefits of cloud technology. In addition to his role at Cloud for Utilities, Amos is a founding Partner at a Washington, D.C.-based Public Affairs firm, where he draws from in-depth experience working with leading print, television and online journalists to counsel clients on digital communications and media strategies.
Prior to this, Amos was a Principal at a leading Washington, DC public affairs firm. Amos has extensive experience working with utilities and has counseled Fortune 500 companies in the technology, energy and healthcare industries, and served as the primary spokesman for a range of high-profile clients.
Amos got his start on Capitol Hill, first as a press aide for the House Energy and Commerce Committee under Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX), then as Communications Director for Congressman Louie Gohmert (R–TX), and later as spokesman for House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO).
Amos regularly appears as a contributor on Fox News. He is a co-founder of FamousDC.com, which Washingtonian Magazine named a “Can’t Miss Click” in 2009. National Journal named Amos to their “35 and Under Power Set” in 2012.
ABOUT CHAD SWEET
Chad Sweet is a Co-Founder of The Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm and investment bank exclusively focused on the security sector. Mr. Sweet formerly served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to becoming Chief of Staff of DHS, Mr. Sweet worked as an investment banker at the firms of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs as well as served in the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.