Darren Nielsen is a Cyber and Physical Security Compliance Auditor with the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) for the NERC CIP Standards. Mr. Nielsen has worked for Arizona Public Service as a Corporate Security Program Advisor with extensive and exemplary work in the NERC CIP program.
Mr. Nielsen worked for Southern California Edison as the Corporate Security Manager of Compliance and Training and, most recently, worked as a consultant for the WECC Audits and Investigations Team. He served as the Chair of the WECC Physical Security Workgroup (PSWG) for two years and was an active member of the WECC Critical Infrastructure & Information Management subcommittee (CIIMS) and NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC).
Mr. Nielsen is board certified in security management and is the current Chair of the ASIS Utilities Security Council. Mr. Nielsen holds the ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Physical Security Professional (PSP) and Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) designations. Additionally, Mr. Nielsen holds the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification and the Certified Business Resilience Manager (CBRM), and Certified Business Resilience Auditor (CBRA) certifications.
Prior to working in the utility compliance industry, Mr. Nielsen served his country as a U.S. Marine and retired as a Law enforcement officer in Phoenix, AZ. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Police Science from Ottawa University (Summa Cum Laude) and Master’s degree in Administration (leadership emphasis) with Distinction from the Northern Arizona University.