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ISSA-LA November 17 Virtual Meeting – Maritime Cybersecurity Panel

November 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm PST

Maritime Security is often overlooked, as we take for granted all of the behind the scenes happenings that provide us all with food, medicines, our electronics and more. And what about all those oil tankers out there carrying tons of flammable liquids? What would happen if a major cyber attack hit our ports or the tankers? The impact could be catastrophic. In only the first few months of the pandemic alone, attempted cyber attacks on maritime vessels shot up by 400%! 

Come join us and hear from our friends in the maritime industry as they talk about the challenges and what they are doing to help protect us all.

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  • Stephen Mills, CIO and Director of Maritime Cybersecurity at Royal Caribbean 
  • Gary C. Kessler, Chief, USCG Cyber Augmentation Branch, Cybersecurity Division

Stephen Mills recently retired from the US Navy as a Commander after over 28 years of service. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University with BS in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Program. Mr Mills began his Naval career as a Surface Warfare Officer serving on a variety of ships including two tours as a Chief Engineer. Following an assignment at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California, where he studied System Engineering and Information Warfare, he transferred to the Information Professional Community (Communications and IT) and served in senior leadership roles including; The Director of Afloat Communication for Commander Second Fleet, Military Deputy Director CIO/J6 at US SOUTHERN Command and as Combat System Officer onboard USS RONALD REAGAN. His final tour in the US Navy was at US Fleet Forces Command, where he served as the Cyber Operations Chief and Deputy CIO/N6.

He is currently the Director of Maritime Cybersecurity for Royal Caribbean Group (RCG) where he is responsible for driving the Maritime Cybersecurity strategy and program initiatives at Royal Caribbean Group (RCG) for all their brands, including Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, and TUI. He is the subject matter expert to C-Suite leaders across all RCG shipboard lines of business regarding maritime cyber risks where he leads teams that provides cyber risk management and assurance to RCG shipboard environments, including new ship builds, consisting of Operational Technology (OT) navigation/bridge, marine engineering, IT, hotel operations systems and onboard entertainment systems (ET). He ensures these systems and technologies align to global information security standards and maritime cybersecurity guidelines. Additionally, he influences the maritime industry by partnering with organizations such as CLIA, the United States Coast Guard, and maritime research institutions to improve and promote cybersecurity throughout the maritime industry.

Mr Mills has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (cyber), and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He also has a CIO certification from the National Defense University and is an active Board of Directors Member for the Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MTS ISAC), Old Dominion University School of Cybersecurity and a member of South Florida AFCEA chapter.


Gary Kessler, Ph.D., CISSP, is president of Gary Kessler Associates, a principal consultant at Fathom5, a retired professor of cybersecurity, and co-author of “Maritime Cybersecurity: A Guide for Leaders and Managers” (2020). In addition, he is the Chief of the Cyber Augmentation Branch in the Cybersecurity Directorate of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, guest faculty in the Electrical Engineering & Cyber Systems Section at the US Coast Guard Academy, and is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative. Gary holds a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.S. in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education. He has been involved in the information security field since the late-1970s; his current research efforts have been related to maritime cybersecurity, with an emphasis in AIS and maritime communication protocol vulnerabilities. Gary is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and is the author or more than 75 papers, articles, and book chapters, as well as three books.  He is a Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and holds a 50 GT merchant mariner credential. More information can be found at https://www.garykessler.net.


November 17
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm PST
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