What We Do
Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are the cyber-physical systems that control modern industrial processes ranging from power and water to manufacturing and transportation. ICS Cybersecurity, Inc. develops and delivers solutions that improve the cybersecurity capabilities of industrial facilities and national infrastructures.
Who We Are
ICS Cybersecurity brings together top subject matter experts to address national and asset owner infrastructure cybersecurity needs. Our in-house talent is supplemented by a community of expertise that includes the most respected thought leaders around the world.
Chris Blask, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Blask’s career spans the breadth of the ICS cybersecurity space. In 1990 he worked at General Electric Power Systems as a control systems engineer. He joined Sea Change Corporation in 1991 where he invented one of the first commercial firewall products, the BorderWare Firewall Server. In 1998 he joined Cisco System where he led the company’s firewall business to a position of global leadership which continues to this day. With several Cisco colleagues Mr. Blask started Protego Networks, an early SIEM vendor later acquired by Cisco. He founded Lofty Perch in 2005 to investigate the application of SIEM technologies to ICS cybersecurity and has advocated such architectures since. As Chief Evangelist for NSS Labs in 2008 he worked to develop regulatory compliance testing regimes. In 2010, Mr. Blask authored the first book on SIEM, “Security Information and Event Management Implementation”, published by McGraw Hill. He created AlienVault’s Industrial Control Systems Group in 2011.
Today Mr. Blask serves in faculty and advisory roles at a variety of industry organizations. He is Chair of the LIGHTS program, Chair of the ICS-ISAC, Vice Chair of the OpenSG Security Conformity Group, on the board of the Australian Wind Energy Institute and actively involved with the a wide range of industry efforts.
Seán Paul McGurk, Chief Policy Officer
Mr. McGurk’s work history represents a pinnacle of achievement in public service and a unique background in issues of global security.
Mr. McGurk provided 28 years of service in the United States Navy. In the Navy’s nuclear weapons program he served on six fleet ballistic missile submarines and several shore facilities. He led two submarines as Chief of the Boat, and served as the Command Master Chief for a Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron and the Navy’s only forward deployed Carrier Air Wing. He worked as an arms control inspector for the Department of Defense where he conducted numerous inspections throughout the Soviet Union and subsequent Commonwealth of Independent States in accordance with the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF), the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaties. His final assignment was as the Executive Assistant to the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, the senior leader for a workforce of over 400,000 people in all fifty states and 109 foreign countries. Since leaving the Navy, Mr. McGurk has managed a number of significant system development and IT security programs in the private sector supporting the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.
In January of 2008 Mr. McGurk was selected as the Director of the Control Systems Security Program, National Cyber Security Division in the Department of Homeland Security. In this role he lead the creation of the existing national assets deployed to address the risk of cyber threats to critical infrastructure and key resources, including the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control System Joint Working Group (ICSJWG), Industrial Control System Computer Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) and the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).
Brad Blask, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Brad Blask began his career working as an operator on mainframe financial market information analysis systems in 1986. He helped establish and operate Power Up Computers in the 1991, a systems integrator which implemented networked solutions for public and private institutions. In 1994 Brad founded Seascape Technologies, Inc., an early information security integrator. Seascape established the first private Internet point of presence in the Florida Keys in 1995 and implemented security solutions in sectors including rail, defense and agriculture.