Ms. Meara has worked in information technology for over 25 years, specializing in information security for the past 15. Since joining N&ST in 2004, she has worked with clients to improve their cyber security by implementing the appropriate mix of technological, procedural and cultural cyber security solutions. Ms. Meara is well versed in evaluating an organization’s security posture against industry standard best practices (ISO/IEC 27002, NIST SP800-53, and industry regulations such as NERC CIP) and using risk-based assessments to decide on mitigation measures.
Since 2005, Ms. Meara has helped large and small energy companies to achieve success in spot checks and audits of their compliance with NERC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards. She has conducted CIP training classes, prepared program and procedure documentation for compliance with CIP-002 through CIP-009, prepared Technical Feasibility Exception (TFE) submissions, performed gap analyses and mock audits, assisted both in audit preparation and in SME interviews, and worked with clients to effectively integrate CIP compliance tasks into the daily responsibilities of their IT and Business Unit employees.
Earlier in Career
Prior to N&ST, Ms. Meara spent 8 years as a Senior Consultant with Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) and subsequent owners of BBN’s Internetwork Consulting group (GTE Global Professional Services, Baltimore Technologies, and Betrusted Inc.) Ms. Meara specialized in solutions development and deployment, project managing teams and performing requirements gathering, system architecture and design, implementation, testing and systems integration. Ms. Meara delivered training and systems integration services to customers in the US, Brazil, Hong Kong and Europe. Solution areas included Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), Certificate Management Systems, and Virtual Private Networks (VPN).
Ms. Meara began her career as a software engineer in Australia and was selected as one of 30 Australian engineers to work with Plessey in the UK to develop a secure communications network for the Australian DoD. Upon return to Sydney, Ms. Meara was Engineering Manager responsible for database networking products at the Australian Centre for Unisys Software. During 6 years at Unisys, she chaired the ISO Remote Database Access committee, consulted on the design of an ISO RDA prototype at Nihon Unisys Ltd in Tokyo, and was a member of the NIST OSI Implementers’ Workshop 1989 thru 1990. In 1995, Ms. Meara relocated to Massachusetts as Senior Engineering Manager for Digital Equipment Corporation. She managed groups responsible for software development, product release, and sustaining of Digital’s internetworking software products on Windows.
Ms. Meara holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.