Process control system and IT professional Jay Abshier joins KEMA Cyber Security Practice

Burlington, Mass. — April 7, 2004 — Joseph (Jay) Abshier recently joined KEMA as a senior principal consultant. Abshier will support utility and other industry clients in optimizing the security and performance of their process control and information technology systems.

“The breadth and depth of Jay’s hand-on expertise with IT, SCADA and cyber security further strengthens EMA’s client service offerings and solutions in these areas,” said Joseph Bucciero, KEMA senior vice president of energy systems consulting services. “We are unique in the utility consulting field in that we bridge the gap between controls and IT security considerations and implementation.”

Control systems form the backbone of the nation’s critical infrastructures including electric power, water, oil/gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other manufacturing industries. Congress, regulators and other industry and standards organizations are focusing on existing control system cyber vulnerabilities and seeking solutions to secure critical process controls.

Abshier brings to KEMA over 20 years experience in IT, developing and supporting SCADA systems, and information security and business continuity planning. He previously served as Texaco’s director of information security and business continuity planning and worked extensively with SCADA and process control systems.

He also served as the enterprise information security manager for Saks Incorporated. Abshier and KEMA’s Joe Weiss recently published “Securing Control Systems: What You Need to Know”. The article can be found in the February 2004 issue of Control Magazine at

Abshier is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and earned a BS in psychology and computer science from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

KEMA’s control system cyber security practice helps utilities and other process industries secure the safety, efficiency and operational integrity of their operations.

KEMA’s cyber security professionals are actively involved in the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), ISA and other key industry organizations and are leading industry experts in the cyber security for control systems area.

For additional information on the KEMA control system cyber security practice, please contact:

Joseph Bucciero, Senior Vice President
Phone: 215.997.4500

About KEMA

KEMA is an independent company with an international reputation for high-level technical and management consultancy, testing, inspections and certification for businesses in the energy industry, assisting more than 500 clients in more than 70 countries.

Headquartered in Arnhem, the Netherlands with subsidiaries and offices worldwide, KEMA employs more than 1,500 full-time professionals and leading experts in many facets of the energy utility industry.

Founded in 1927, KEMA serves the complete spectrum of
participants in the energy marketplace and offers a full complement of services supporting generation through the consumer side of the meter. KEMA’s North American business operations are headquartered in Burlington,

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