Past events

Past cybersecurity events

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Election Systems Security: Are we ready for midterms?

10/11/2018  -  9 a.m. to noon  - North Creek Events Center

As the foundation of our democracy, we must have faith that the outcomes of our elections reflect the “true will of the people”. Our electorate must feel confident that our voting infrastructure is reliable and secure from cyberattack or cyber threat. If you distrust what you are hearing in the media about our national, state, and local elections security readiness level, attend this session. You will hear first-hand from local, state and national election and cybersecurity experts on what steps have been taken to address cyber vulnerabilities since recent past elections. They will also forecast what future work needs to occur to ensure our elections process sets the bar for other nation state elections around the world.


  • 9:00 – Welcome (MIPM – Wendy)
  • 9:10 – CIAC Welcome and overview (Dr. Barbara)
  • 9:20 – Keynote, Julie Wise, Director of Elections, King County
  • 9:40 – National Level Elections Systems Security Initiatives, Pat Massey, Regional Director, Region 10 at DHS-NPPD Office of Infrastructure Protection
  • 10:00 BREAK
  • 10:10 Panel introductions
    • Tom (facilitation and overview)
    • Billy Rios (ICS/Systems SME)
    • Dr. B (CIAC/Academia)
    • Julie Wise
    • Ben Kolar, Team Lead Air National Guard, Pen Tester
  • 11:10 Closing (TBD)


Julie Wise, King County Director of Elections

Julie Wise was elected as the King County Elections Director in November 2015 to serve a four-year term, 2016-2019. King County is the 13th largest county in the nation and has approximately 1.3 million registered voters. She was previously the Deputy Director of Elections and has served King County voters in a variety roles for more than 15 years. In 2018, Wise has focused explicitly on both physical and cyber security for elections, partnering with the Department of Homeland Security and the Washington State Auditor’s cyber team to carefully evaluate any risks King County Elections faces for the upcoming mid-terms. She is a Washington State certified Election Administrator and nationally Certified Election Registration Administrator (CERA).

Patrick Massey, Regional Director, Region 10 at DHS-NPPD Office of Infrastructure Protectio

Mr. Massey serves as the Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Infrastructure Protection responsible for assisting private and public sector partners enhance the resiliency of critical infrastructures in the Region 10 states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Massey served for twenty years with FEMA Region 10 including as the Director, National Preparedness Division, Technological Hazards Branch Chief, Regional Integration Branch Chief, and as a Mitigation Specialist.  Mr. Massey has also served in State and local government emergency management departments, and as a U.S. Army officer.  M.S., M.A., M.A. | CEM, CPP, CBCP


Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Ph. D., Executive Director, CIAC

Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Ph.D., is Executive Director for the CIAC at the UW, designated by NSA/DHS as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research, Academic Director for the Masters in Infrastructure Planning and Management in the Urban Planning Department of the School of Built Environments, holds an appointment as Professor with the Institute of Technology in Tacoma, and was named Department Fellow at Aberyswyth University Wales. Her academic career follows a 20-year career in industry marked by executive and consulting positions in IT architecture and project management.

Margaret Brownell, IT Service Delivery Manager - King County IT

Oversees and directs the Technical Services team in elections technology solutions, processes, and partnership with King County IT. Systems include voter registration and election management, ballot sorting, scanning and tabulating of ballots, online ballot marking program and the web. Margaret is a certified Holistic Information Security Practitioner (HISP).  Margaret joined King County in 2011 and was the IT Service Delivery Manager for King County’s Executive Services Department and Executive Office prior to her joining Elections in August, 2017.

Billy Rios, Author, Security Researcher, Venture Adviser, and Entrepreneur

Billy is the founder of Whitescope LLC, a startup focused on embedded device security.  Billy is recognized as one of the world’s most respected experts on emerging threats related to Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Critical Infrastructure (CI), and, medical devices. He discovered thousands of security vulnerabilities in hardware and software supporting ICS and critical infrastructure. Billy has worked at Google where he led the front-line response for externally reported security issues and incidents.  Prior to Google, Billy was the Security Program Manager at Internet Explorer (Microsoft).  

Ben Kolar, M.S., CISSP, Security Assessment Team Lead for Critical Infrastructure

Capt. Kolar is an Information Security Manager for the Washington Air National Guard, who recently led a security assessment of the state’s elections infrastructure. He is an experienced and technically adept information security leader with extensive experience from both civilian and military postings.

Tom Muehleisen, CISSP, Founder, Mill Iron Consulting LLC

Tom is a proven leader and executive with over 3 decades of experience in and out of uniform. He wrote Washington State’s cyber response plan and created the cyber operations element within the state’s Military Department. He is a proven executive and sought-after public speaker for his ability to relate complex topics to diverse audiences.

Cybersecurity Across Disciplines

The Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC) invites you to a  UW – cross campus event hosted at UW Bothell. Join us for an afternoon of cybersecurity collaboration. Faculty, Students, Staff, Researchers, and the curious are welcomed.

Refreshments provided. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Time & location

  • Tuesday - October 18, 2016
  • North Creek Events Center, UW Bothell
  • Poster Session 2:30 – 3:30pm
  • Speakers 3:30-4:30 pm

Keynote speakers

  • Scott David, J.D., LL.M.
    • Title: CIAC Director of Policy
    • Company: UW Applied Physics Lab
  • Dr. Sunil Lingayat, PMP, CEA, ITIL    
    • Chief of Cyber Strategy and Technology
    • T-Mobile