Biography of Aaron Fansler
Founder, AMPEX Information Systems
Mr. Aaron A.D. Fansler is the Chief Technologist for Cyber and ISR for AMPEX Information Systems (AIS) in addition to being the founder and serves Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Subject Matter Expert (SME) for OTB Security.
Aaron specialties is studying and evaluating critical infrastructures such as the electric power grid, water and POL pipelines for potential vulnerabilities and critical interdependencies. Since 2002, Aaron has worked in the arena of assessing and exploiting potential vulnerabilities with Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Smart Grids, and Microgrids. From 2006 to 2008, while working at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Aaron developed and established a methodology to bring together different types of assessments (i.e., physical, pen‐testing, insider threats, etc.) and created CIIVA (Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies Vulnerability Assessment). The end result was a methodology that assessed not only the potential network vulnerabilities with control systems but also showed the correlations/interdependencies between the various critical infrastructures.
Recently, Aaron has developed and received a provision patent for his SCADA Network Independent Endpoint Protection (SNIEPR) tool which is a first of its kind ICS defensive capability. Another specialty of Aaron is end‐to‐end test and evaluation support of offensive, defensive, and intelligence‐related hardware and software systems and capabilities. Everything from initial test concept development, through post‐test results analysis and reporting, Aaron’s experience with test and evaluation spans the entire spectrum of capability maturity, from Advanced Technology Demonstrations (ATD) through Operational Tests and Evaluations (OT&E). Aaron has also substantial experience with GNSS systems specifically with R&D efforts to find vulnerabilities and works to create defensive solutions. Aaron was a co-author on a paper published in GPSWorld “Going up against time” Aug 2012 with Dr. Todd Humphreys.
Aaron has extensive working experience and business relationships with DARPA, DOE, AFRL, NGB ARPA; NSA, and other US intelligence organizations; DHS; U.S. Army; U.S. Air Force; and commercial organizations such as Areva, Lubbock Power & Light, Florida Power & Light, Siemens, Kinder Morgan, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and Saudi Aramco and the country of Kuwait. Aaron has been called on to provide subject matter expert testimony and guidance to senior‐level policymakers in U.S. Congress and also at the State, and local levels.
Prior to becoming the Chief Technologist for AIS, Aaron worked for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems as a Program Manager where he led Research and Development (R&D) efforts on cyber network operations (CNO) capabilities for ICS devices. Before that, Aaron was a member of the Technical Staff in the National Security Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he was a member of the Department of Energy’s Field Intelligence Element (FIE). Aaron also worked for AT&T Government Solutions where he supported the USAF with their offensive cyber efforts for Computer Network Operations. Prior to that Aaron served 9 ½ years in both the Air Force and Army.
Aaron obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado, two Master’s degrees; one from Capitol College in Information Assurance and Computer Security from the University of Texas. Aaron is currently working on his Ph.D., in Information Assurance. Aaron also holds Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified SCADA Security Architect (CSSA), and Certified Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Penetration Tester certifications.