Jeff Watts - Presenter at Secure Rail Conference


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Jeff Watts
Director of Cybersecurity
RPI Group, Inc.

Jeff began his Cybersecurity career in 1982 supporting Department of Defense (DoD) contractors working in the aerospace field. During this time Jeff worked as a computer operator, shift lead, section lead, and systems engineer on the Space Shuttle project at Vandenberg AFB, CA. In 1988 Jeff joined the US Navy as an Electronics Warfare Technician where he modified and created custom RADAR emitter databases, helped develop computer-based training for Combat Systems and spent four years as an instructor where he earned the Master Training Specialist designation. After leaving active duty as a Chief Petty Officer (EWC SW/AW) in 1998, he moved to Virginia where he worked for DoD contractors administering a 450-node Novell/NT network. For the last 15+ years Jeff has worked supporting the DoD in various positions starting at the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Command (MCNOSC), administering Virtual Private networks (VPNs), firewalls, routers, and switches in support of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN). Jeff then moved to the Certification and Accreditation (C&A) section where he conducted numerous vulnerability assessments for USMC installations to include wireless network discoveries. In 2003 Jeff went to work for the USMC Designated Approval Authority (DAA) providing support in the areas of Information Assurance (IA) risk management and vulnerability assessments as well as drafting policies for secure WiFi use, Firewalls, VPNs, and remote access. In 2012 Jeff was transferred to the Cyber Solutions group which provided customer support in areas of C&A, USMC Validator, IA and risk management to include wireless security, remote access, firewall policies, CISSP and Security+ training, as well as cyber defense. Jeff has experience in all aspects of the C&A process to include working directly for the CA and DAA, supporting customers going through the validation process as well as conducted many validations as a USMC Validator. Additionally, he conducted IA training for more than 1000 DoD personnel, participated in the development of commercial wireless networking policies for the USMC, DoN, and DoD as well as working with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) on wireless network discovery tools and techniques. Jeff has been selected to present at many conferences to include DallasCon, NSA sponsored Joint Wireless Working Group (JWWG), Federal Computing Weekly (FCW) Homeland Security, AFCEA East and West, NSA Red Team/Blue Team Symposium (REBL), USMC IA Conference, and the DoD Cyber Crime Conference.

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