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Ryan Carlson


  • Over 31 years of experience in the data & voice communications industry in cyber security, law enforcement/physical security, IT project management, network system engineering, and network/server systems administration
  • Lead for numerous NERC CIP assessments, implementations, and compliance assessment projects
  • Expert in proper interpretation and implementation of the technical aspects of NERC CIP standards
  • Numerous network/security vendor product certifications


  • Bachelor of Individualized Study Degree in Marketing, Internal Relations, and Economics – University of Minnesota
  • ISC2 Board Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • ASIS Board Certified Physical Security Professional (PSP)
  • SANS ICS/SCADA Security Essentials
  • DOE National SCADA Test Bed Program Advanced Red/Blue Team Training
  • SANS Incident Response Team Management
  • Nortel Certified Design Expert
  • Nortel Certified Support Expert
  • Nortel Certified Design Specialist
  • Nortel Certified Support Specialist
  • Nortel Certified Alteon Administrator
  • Advanced IP Routing Technology – Nortel Networks
  • ATM Fundamentals and Configuration – Nortel Networks
  • FDDI Connectivity – Bay Networks
  • Novell NetWare Network Analysis and Troubleshooting – Network Associates
  • Ethernet Network Analysis and Troubleshooting – Network Associates
  • Frame Relay Fundamentals – American Research Group, Inc
  • Network Management with Optivity/HP OpenView – Bay Networks
  • WAN Protocol Implementation – Bay Networks
  • Advanced Network Security Administration – American Research Group, Inc
  • Internetworking with TCP/IP – American Research Group, Inc
  • Troubleshooting with the Sniffer Network Analyzer – Network General
  • Unix System 4 Release 4 Fundamentals – NCR


  • NERC CIP Mock Audit & Assessment Lead
  • Client CIP Policies, Procedures, & Business Process Development
  • RSAW Development
  • NERC CIP SME and Management Coaching/Training
  • Physical Security Assessments
  • PCS Internal Cyber Security Policies, Controls & Practices
  • Develop Client Recommendations for Standards Compliance Intelligence Portal (SCIP)
  • Attends/monitors regional CIP compliance outreach and the NERC Reliability and Security Technical Committee (RSTC)
  • NERC Security Working Group (SWG) Member