About Us


To build tangible solutions to protect the digital lives of all Oregonians.


We believe cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and must be accessible to all.


The Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council was established under Senate Bill 90, signed by Governor Kate Brown on September 19, 2017, to develop a shared vision for the establishment of a cross-sector Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, in collaboration with Oregon’s cyber-related industries, private sector security practitioners, educational institutions, law enforcement and local governments.

The Council serves as the statewide advisory body to the State Chief Information Officer on cybersecurity and provides a statewide forum for discussing and resolving cybersecurity issues. The advisory body also provides information and recommends best practices concerning cybersecurity and resilience measures to public and private entities. In addition, the Council helps coordinate cybersecurity information sharing and promote shared and real-time situational awareness between the public and private sectors throughout the state. The Council is also very focused on encouraging the development of the State’s cybersecurity workforce through programs designed to build workforce skills, disseminating best practices, facilitating cybersecurity research and encouraging industry investment and partnership with post-secondary institutions of education and other career readiness programs.

Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council

Stefan Richards

Executive Sponsor

Stefan Richards
Chief Information Security Officer, State of Oregon

Stefan Richards is the chief information security officer for the State of Oregon and leads the Enterprise Security Office (ESO) which brings enterprise security functions into a single organization. The ESO is directly accountable for the security of state data center operations, real-time security monitoring and incident response, enterprise security policy, enterprise security architecture and dissemination of best practices. In this capacity, he leads a cross-functional team to meet business goals and IT security objectives. Mr. Richards drives statewide information security policy, procedures and standards, coordinating state security efforts with federal partners, including: the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and departments within the U.S. military. Mr. Richards also oversees the security operations of the state data center, which serves more than 100 state agencies, boards and commissions. Additionally, he manages the state-level security compliance programs, including NIST 800-53/FISMA, ISO 27001, CJIS, FTI, MARS-E, PCI DSS and HIPPA/HITECH.

Mr. Richards was previously CISO and chief privacy officer for Cover Oregon, building an end-to-end security and privacy program for Oregon’s online health insurance marketplace, working with both the IRS and CMS in ensuring compliance with IRS Pub 1075, NIST 800-53/FISMA and CMS MARS. In this role he led the development of security requirements, supporting technical architecture and security solution implementations across a heterogeneous environment within and across agency and private sector boundaries.

Mr. Richards previously served other public and private organizations in security management and security product development roles, including Intel, GE and Microsoft. Mr. Richards has held leadership roles in the development of security policy and industry security products which are still used today, and has experience addressing both information privacy and information security.

Skip Newberry

Executive Sponsor

Skip Newberry
Treasurer, Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council
President & CEO, Technology Association of Oregon (TAO)

Skip Newberry is president and CEO of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), which promotes technology in Oregon and advocates for public policies that ensure the continued growth and success of Oregon’s tech industry, and focuses on professional networking and talent development.

Before joining TAO, Mr. Newberry served as an economic development policy advisor to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, where he helped create Portland’s first comprehensive economic development strategy in 16 years, recognizing software as a key industry cluster. While at the City of Portland, his projects included the adoption of the nation’s first open source software procurement policy at the municipal level, an award-winning regional open data initiative and the development of resources to support entrepreneurship, like the Portland Seed Fund. Previously, Mr. Newberry was a corporate and IP attorney and entrepreneur.

Additionally, Mr. Newberry is the chairman of the board of directors of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), which is a global network of technology and entrepreneurship associations, and he serves on advisory boards for Wells Fargo and Worksystems, Inc. He is also a 2012 recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award.

He holds a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Colby College. A frequent speaker on technology trends and topics, economic development, public-private partnerships and civic innovation. When he's not working on behalf of the region's tech industry, Mr. Newberry enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his family.

Kerri Fry

Kerri Fry
Chair, Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council
Senior Vice President, operations & Finance, IGNW

Kerri Fry is Senior Vice President, Operations & Finance for IGNW. Her focus on personal customer service, dynamic employee culture, consistent personnel development, and steady financial growth give IGNW a competitive edge in the cybersecurity industry. Her background in operations, business processes and finance gives her the perspective to see business needs of today while planning for future growth. She previously served as President of Redhawk Network Security.

Ms. Fry has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University. Her heart for orphan care and her eye for detail have benefited the board of Otino Waa Children’s Village. Co-leading two trips to Uganda helped to confirm a love of adventure and community, both at home and abroad. Additionally, she serves on the steering committee for the Technology Alliance of Oregon’s Bend: STEAM community. You might also find her volunteering around the community or camping and hiking with her husband and son.

Charlie Kawasaki

Charlie Kawasaki, CISSP
Vice Chair, Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council
Chief Technical Officer, PacStar

Charlie Kawasaki joined PacStar in early 2005 to lead the company’s technology strategy and future product roadmap for its proprietary product lines. He continues in that role today. Charlie has extensive experience in product development, software engineering, technology licensing, patent development, business development, product marketing, general management and M&A.

Prior to joining PacStar, Charlie provided his expertise to early stage technology companies, where he created dozens of software solutions in such industries as Internet infrastructure, cybersecurity, energy management, software utilities and relational databases. Charlie served as CEO of RuleSpace, Inc., which created world-leading technology for Internet parental controls applications used by companies such as AOL, Yahoo, SBC, BellSouth, and Microsoft. Before RuleSpace, he held product development and engineering management roles at The Palace, Inc., Creative Multimedia Corp., Central Point Software, Inc., Asymetrix Corp. and Microrim, Inc.

Apart from his various company roles, Charlie has a career long commitment to economic and industry development through association board service, including Software Association of Oregon, Regional Alliance for Infrastructure and Network Security, and Smart Grid Northwest. He currently serves as a board member of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) and co-chairs the TAO Cyber Lab.  He is also co-founder and manager of NW Cyber Camp (formerly PDX Cyber Camp), a popular summer camp which provides cybersecurity education to high school students throughout Oregon.

Megan McKenzie

Megan McKenzie
Secretary, Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council
Founder & CEO, McKenzie Worldwide

Megan McKenzie is the founder and CEO of McKenzie Worldwide, a high-tech public relations agency. She provides strategic leadership to the agency in its work with enterprise, consumer, wireless and cybersecurity technology companies as well as consulting organizations and venture capital firms. She and her team also partner with corporate executives and authors to develop strategic thought leadership programs that help build trust in corporate and personal brands.

Throughout her more than 25-year career in public relations, Ms. McKenzie has served in numerous leadership roles in both corporate and agency environments. Ms. McKenzie has provided strategic counsel to several global brands as well as growing companies including DocuSign, Hueya, Ignition Partners, Microsoft, OpenText, Pacific Star Communications, Redhawk Network Security, SAP, Siebel, Sparkplug, Sony Electronics and Tektronix among others. Prior to founding McKenzie Worldwide, she served as president of OnPR and as a vice president at Waggener Edstrom—both high-tech public relations agencies. Previously, she was the founder of McKenzie Communications, which provided strategic communications services to several high-tech companies based in the Pacific Northwest. She has also served in corporate communications management roles at Pacific Bell/Pacific Telesis, Torme & Co., Nordstrom Inc. and Egghead Software.

During her nearly 10-year tenure with Waggener Edstrom she served as a senior leader on both of the agency's largest international accounts: Microsoft and SAP. In addition, she led the agency's public relations support for Microsoft's first global CEO Summit with Bill Gates in May 1997 which attracted high-profile attendees including U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Steve Forbes and more than 100 of the world's top CEOs. She was also on the team providing public relations support for Microsoft's pivotal Internet Strategy Day in 1995 that drew more than 400 print and broadcast reporters from around the world.

Ms. McKenzie is a frequent guest speaker on the topics of strategic public relations, corporate communications, marketing and branding at conferences and university forums. She has a Bachelor’s degree in technical journalism with a minor in business administration from Oregon State University and also studied at the Universite d'Avignon in Avignon, France.

Michael Gutsche

Michael Gutsche
Security Strategist, Micro Focus International

Michael Gutsche is a security strategist for Micro Focus International, which he joined as part of Micro Focus' acquisition of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Prior to joining HPE, he was senior vice president, operations core services, for MasterCard, senior director for the global operations service center for ESI and executive director, information security and engineering for Sisters of Mercy Health System.

Mr. Gutsche holds a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, systems engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ken Kestner

Ken Kestner
Lake County Commissioner

Ken Kestner is currently in his third four-year term as Lake County commissioner. He also serves on the Lake County Fair Board, the Lake County Development Board (non-profit devoted to economic development), the Goose Lake Medical Services Board (nonprofit devoted to enhancing peripheral services of local hospital), Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization Board, South-Central Oregon Early Learning Hub Board, Lake County Early Learning Governance Council, AOC Communication Policy Steering Committee Vice Chair, Rotary. In addition, Mr. Kestner is active in the local Layne Clifton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4070.

Mr. Kestner has also served on the Lake Health District Hospital Board of Directors and the Lakeview Suburban Water District Board of Directors. Prior to his work in public service, he was a supervisory resources specialist for the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management for six years and a biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service for more than 21 years. He also served in the United States Marine Corps with one combat tour in Vietnam. He volunteered for one tour with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua.

Mr. Kestner received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with accompanying graduate studies at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Andrew Plato

Andrew Plato
President & CEO, Anitian

Andrew Plato, a 20-year veteran of the information security industry, is president and CEO of Anitian, the oldest security intelligence firm in the U.S. In 1995 while working at Microsoft supporting one of the first Internet e-commerce sites, Mr. Plato inadvertently hacked the site using an SQL injection style attack. This incident inspired him to start Anitian with a mission to help people understand the complexities of protecting data and systems. Since then, Mr. Plato has participated in thousands of security projects, authored numerous articles and given hundreds of presentations on all matters of IT security.

Mr. Plato is also a principal at TrueBit CyberPartners, a global advisor serving the cybersecurity industry. He is a sought-after speaker, author and advisor on security, risk, and compliance topics. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from University of Arizona.

Tom Quillian

Tom Quillin
CTO Security Economics, McAfee

Tom Quillin, CTO Security Economics at McAfee LLC, consults with security and IT leaders about how to predict and measure security outcomes and how to advance their security strategies with a focus on efficiency and effectiveness.

Prior to joining McAfee, Mr.Quillin led Intel Corp.’s strategic planning efforts for security technologies integrated into Intel’s hardware and software. He worked for 19 years at Intel, helping users develop solutions on Intel technology. Previously, he helped establish and grow a West Coast strategy consulting firm.

Mr. Quillin served for seven years on the board of directors for Oregon’s third largest school district and currently serves on the Beaverton School District’s Bond Accountability Committee and on Oregon’s Cybersecurity Advisory Council.

Mr. Quillin earned his undergraduate degree at University of Iowa and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and camping in the Pacific Northwest, and volunteering on education-related efforts.


Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

Rakesh Bobba is an assistant professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Oregon State University. He specializes in security for distributed and networked systems. His research interests include access control models and mechanisms, key management, cryptographic protocols, and applied cryptography among others.

His current research focus is on the security for critical cyber-physical infrastructures such as smart grids, cloud computing infrastructures and real-time systems. Prior to joining Oregon State University, Rakeesh was at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as a research scientist at the Information Trust Institute (ITI) from 2010 to 2011, and as a research assistant professor in the College of Engineering from 2012 to 2014 with appointments in ITI and ECE departments. His research is funded by NSF, DOE, ONR and AFOSR/AFRL.

Professor Bobba supports cybersecurity education for high school students through his management of one of the NW Cyber Camp sessions at Oregon State University.

Dennis Tomlin

Dennis Tomlin, CISSP, HCISPP, ITIL
CISO, Multnomah County

Dennis Tomlin is the chief information security officer for Multnomah County, where he is responsible for leading the county’s cybersecurity efforts. He manages a team that ensures endpoint and perimeter protection, incident response, forensics, identity management, HIPAA compliance and SAP security.

In his role as county HIPAA security officer, he establishes policy, provides leadership and consulting for in-house county security initiatives. He protects county and constituent data and privacy by employing a 3x3x3 security model which consists of cyber intelligence, defense in depth and incident response. This approach is shielded within the CIA Triad of Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability while considering people, process and technology.

Previously, Mr. Tomlin was the information security and governance program manager for Papa Murphy’s International, leading efforts to align the company with Sarbanes-Oxley and PCI-DSS security and compliance requirements. He was also responsible for authoring and maintaining IT policies and procedures, partnering with management on budget forecasts, and ensuring quality data is processed.

He also worked for 13 years for Lake Oswego medical device firm Biotronik in various roles, most recently as senior information security and GRC manager, where he was responsible for the global company’s IT security, governance, risk and compliance. He focused on HIPAA, FDA and ISO IT compliance within an ITIL and COBIT framework.

Mr. Tomlin has degrees in elementary education from Portland State University and forestry from Mt. Hood Community College. He also served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1978 to 1981.


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