Mr. Abdalla has more than twenty years of industry experience in systems, database, and network security, security compliance program development and assessments, and development of security policy. During that time, he worked for and consulted to Fortune 500 clients deploying, testing, and managing secure infrastructures.
Since joining Network & Security Technologies in 2004, Mr. Abdalla has focused on security for critical infrastructure. Mr. Abdalla is currently assisting a domestic nuclear power company in the implementation of their cyber security program to meet NRC Milestone 8 for several power plants. Recently, Mr. Abdalla assisted power companies in their efforts to achieve and maintain NERC CIP compliance by developing program and procedure documents and conducting Cyber Vulnerability Assessments. Mr. Abdalla has also led an effort to conduct security assessments of critical infrastructure on behalf of a foreign national government authority. As part of the engagement, Mr. Abdalla assessed numerous infrastructure companies in oil & gas, power generation and transmission, and water desalination and transport. Previous work engagements have included conducting a business risk assessment for distributing control centers, assisting in securing substation communications, and performing numerous logical and physical security assessments for utilities.
Earlier in Career
Previously Mr. Abdalla was a Program Manager at a large consulting firm. While there, he assisted Fortune 500 companies to improve the security of their operations and assets through achieving ISO17799 compliance, internal and external penetration testing, security assessments of strategic operating units, and rewriting of corporate security policies and standards. His work was critical in ensuring secure operations within each organization and the integrity of the clients’ information assets.
Prior to consulting, Abdalla spent three years with Enron between Enron Corporate and Enron Broadband Services. While at Enron Corporate, Abdalla managed Enron’s Internet infrastructure worldwide, developed their security policy and instituted their information security program. While with Enron Broadband Services, Abdalla hired and managed the Information Systems Security team. This team was responsible for the security of both the corporate network and the customer network, which streamed real time multimedia content for clients.
Mr. Abdalla studied Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Information Security Manager. Mr. Abdalla has dual United States and Canadian citizenship.