Speaker – Dennis Holstein
Dennis Holstein completed his post graduate work (BS, MS, and Engineer) in Engineering in 1968. After retiring from the Aerospace industry in 1998, Dennis formed OPUS Consulting Group to focus attention on cybersecurity solutions for industrial automation systems in critical infrastructures. Dennis is very active in IEEE, IEC, ISA, CIGRE, and OMG. He currently chairs: CIGRE WG D2.38 (A framework for EPU operators to manage a response to cyber-initiated threats to their critical infrastructure). In 2015 he served as Special Reporter for CIGRE Study Committee B5’s colloquium and will serve as Special Reporter for CIGRE Study Committee D2’s colloquium in 2017. Dennis is very active in bridging safety and security in IEC TC65WG20 and ISA99. Dennis uses a combination of system engineering and soft system tools (SysML and BPMN) to develop static and dynamic models of the behavior of complex systems and situations. He uses these models to translate perceived cybersecurity situations into a format that enables a structured discussion and debate. In 2008 Dennis received CIGRE’s Distinguished Member recognition and in September 2015 CIGRE Study Committee B5’s Outstanding Service Award in recognition for his contribution, commitment and dedication. Dennis is widely published and frequently lectures on cybersecurity solutions.