Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Topic: "Threats Against IoT"
Jerrel Conerly is a cybersecurity advisor for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Region 6, in Houston, TX. Jerrel is charged with helping critical infrastructure owners and operators protect critical infrastructure from cyber threats and enhance resilience through voluntary and non-regulatory collaboration. This includes private sector owners, operators, and employees; state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) officials; and other federal agencies within his assigned district. He previously served as an Information System Security Officer with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), as the designated Lead in support of the Financial Services Center in Austin, TX. He developed technical solutions, guidance, and specifications for the National Data Center security program. Jerrel’s focus areas included Data Centers, Data Systems/Services, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, Cloud Security, Storage Area Networks, Virtual Desktop and Infrastructure (VDI), Application Security, Change Management, Risk Management, Continuity of Operations (COOP), Disaster Recovery, Blockchain and Robotic Process Automation. He began his career as a Network Infrastructure Technician and Non-Commissioned Officer In-Charge (NCOIC) with the U.S. Air Force. He transitioned to his federal career as a Lead Information Assurance Security Officer with the Department of Defense (DoD), US Army at Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio, TX). He also served as a Systems Administrator for Indus Corp, SOC Analyst for CPS Energy, Senior IA Analyst for the VA, and Wireless Access/Firewall Manager for DoD.