Workshop Description

Wireless Security Considerations for the Aviation Sector

Together with the Aviation Cybersecurity Initiative and the University of Utah, INL’s Wireless Security Institute (WSI) presents Wireless Security Considerations for the Aviation Sector. Join wireless and cybersecurity experts from across the aviation ecosystem to engage with policymakers, apply next generation wireless security skills to pressing challenges in the aviation field, and explore hands-on the research capabilities of INL’s WSI and University of Utah’s POWDER (Platform for Open Wireless Data-driven Experimental Research) facility.

Discussion Topics

  • Risks to Critical Infrastructure in Transportation Sector (Aviation Subsector)
  • Wireless Security Impacts to Operational Technology
  • Security and Resilience Implications of 5G for Aviation Subsector
  • Aviation Ecosystem Wireless Security Panel
  • Wireless Security Environment Demonstration
  • POWDER 5G Demonstration and Tour

Registration Information

DATES AND TIMES (Mountain Standard)

Wednesday, Sept 7 – 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Marriott University Park, Salt Lake City, Utah

Thursday, Sept. 8 – 8:00 AM-Noon
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, POWDER Facility

Thursday, Sept. 8 – 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Cybersecurity Training (Optional)
Marriott University Park, Salt Lake City, Utah


Please note: Only U.S. Citizen registrations are being accepted at this time.

Venue and Accommodations

Salt Lake City Marriott University Park
480 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Register by August 26, 2022 for Group Rate of  $128 per nigh


Zachary (Zach) Tudor is the associate laboratory director of Idaho National Laboratory’s National and Homeland Security (N&HS) directorate. INL’s N&HS is a major center for national security technology development and demonstration, employing 550 scientists and engineers across $300 million in programs. N&HS is responsible for INL’s Nuclear Nonproliferation, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Defense Systems and Homeland Security missions. These missions include safeguarding and securing vulnerable nuclear material, enhancing the overall security and resilience of the nation’s infrastructure, and providing protective system solutions and heavy manufacturing of armor for national defense. N&HS supports major programs for the Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Intelligence Community.

Tudor was previously a program director in the Computer Science Laboratory at SRI International, where he served as a management and technical resource for operational and research and development cybersecurity programs for government, intelligence and commercial projects. He supported DHS’ Cyber Security Division on projects including the Linking the Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cybersecurity consortium, and the Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group. He has served as a member of the (ISC)2 Application Security Advisory Board and the NRC’s Nuclear Cyber Security Working Group, and vice chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection at George Washington University.

Prior to SRI, Tudor led a team of cybersecurity engineers and analysts directly supporting the Control Systems Security Program at DHS, whose mission is to reduce the cybersecurity risk to critical infrastructure systems. Past assignments include on-site deputy program manager for the National Reconnaissance Office’s worldwide operational network, information security manager for the Secretary of Defense Chief Information Officer Enterprise Operations Support Team; security management support for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and several seniorl-evel consulting positions including vice president of SAIC’s Enabling Technology Division, and senior manager for DOD programs at BearingPoint’s Security Practice.

A retired U.S. Navy Submarine Limited Duty Electronics Officer and chief data systems technician, Tudor holds an M.S. in information systems concentrating in cybersecurity from George Mason University, where he also was an adjunct professor teaching graduate courses in information security.

His professional credentials include the Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Information Security Manager, and Certified Computer Professional.

dan elmoreDan Elmore is the Director of Critical Infrastructure Security & Resilience in the National & Homeland Security directorate at the Idaho National Laboratory. He also serves as the Executive Director of the INL Wireless Security Institute.

Elmore provides strategic leadership in support of the research, development, and deployment of engineered solutions to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure. Significant focus areas for his organization are resilient control systems, electric power grid security, spectrum sharing, and wireless communications challenges targeted at large infrastructure, as well as military systems and platforms. Elmore has been a senior leader on INL’s national security team since 2013.

Elmore is a retired Air Force colonel with more than 27 years of active duty military experience leading organizations comprised of military, civilian, and contractor teams performing cyber operations support, communications systems, and networks engineering, national and nuclear command and control systems operations, and Continuity of Government and contingency operations planning. His last active duty assignment was at the Pentagon where he directed the largest single cyberspace office in Air Force Headquarters.

Prior to the Pentagon, Elmore served in a variety of positions and locations, including the White House, U.S. Strategic Command, Alaska, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan. His extensive operational experience, coupled with a fundamental knowledge of critical infrastructure and its relationship to mission assurance, exposure to the inner workings of federal and intelligence agencies, as well as broad exposure to specialized and classified capabilities, helps to advance National & Homeland Security programs.

Elmore attained his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, master’s degree in Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School, and master’s degree in Computer & Information Resources Management from Webster University. He is a Life Member of the Air Force Association, Life Member of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association, and a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers.

randy talleyMr. Talley is a Senior Advisor assigned to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) located in Springfield, VA. He uses his aviation expertise, cybersecurity insight and operational Homeland Security background to provide aviation cyber-specific advice to TSA leadership.

In his primary role, Mr. Talley serves as the DHS Lead for the Aviation Cyber Initiative (ACI), a Tri-Chaired Task Force assigned to collaborate across the Federal Government and the aviation industry to reduce risks and improve resilience within the Nation’s Aviation Ecosystem.

Mr. Talley has a diverse career as a military officer, aviator and civil servant spanning over 40 years. He has held numerous positions, both in a military and civilian capacity, within the fields of cybersecurity, command, control, and communications, aviation operations, and training.

ollie gagnon national security relationship managerOllie Gagnon is the Chief Strategist for National & Homeland Security (N&HS) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). He leads N&HS efforts in the National Capitol Region that supports the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal partners by providing unique capabilities to complex homeland security challenges. The DHS portfolio at INL is diverse and over $133M annually. This portfolio includes control systems security, infrastructure analysis and technology development, training, and life-line infrastructure resilience.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Gagnon was appointed by DHS as the first Protective Security Advisor in Tampa, Florida in 2005. In this capacity, he supported the development of the national risk picture by identifying, assessing, monitoring, and minimizing the risk to critical infrastructure at the national, regional, State, and local levels. Mr. Gagnon has traveled worldwide on behalf of the Department of Defense – Defense Threat Reduction Agency conducting comprehensive assessments of critical infrastructure complexes, facilities, and systems. He also served in the United States Air Force for over 22 years in the various physical security, law enforcement and training positions. In his final military assignment, Mr. Gagnon exercised security decision-making authority affecting the protection of the President of the United States as the Chief, Presidential Aircraft Security. In this position, he personally directed security aboard Air Force One during 200 trips transiting all 50 states and 65 countries in support of President William J. Clinton and President George W. Bush.

Mr. Gagnon has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education, Summa Cum Laude, from Southern Illinois University; Master of Arts in Human Resources Development from Webster University, and a Post Master’s Certificate (Doctoral Studies) in Homeland Security Leadership & Policy from Northcentral University. Graduate Certificates include: Security Management, Michigan State University; Project Management, Western Carolina University; and Public Leadership, Washington University. Mr. Gagnon was a Senior Executive Fellow, January 2016 Cohort, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and completed the Brookings Institution’s Executive Leadership for America program. He is nationally board certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP).

Wayne Austad has worked at INL for 30 years with more than 21 years of experience building impactful national security programs.  As CTO for National & Homeland Security he:1) Provides leadership and strategy for the collaborative R&D, infrastructure, and partnerships needed for critical programs, 2) Acts as Chief R&D Officer for CyManII, a DOE institute led by UTSA focused on economically viable and pervasive cybersecurity in automation and supply chain, 3) Leads the Secure & Resilient Cyber Physical Systems Initiative for the Laboratory.

Previously as Technical Director of INL’s Cybercore Integration Center, Mr. Austad created the Cybercore Program Office and led outreach to agencies, national labs, and academic institutions to build a collaborative, interdisciplinary teaming environment linked to a new Research & Education Campus at INL. Mr. Austad is the founding Chair of the Cyber Partnership for Advancing Resilient Control Systems (CyberPARC), a formal, self-organized collaboration between INL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories. As a Director of INL’s Mission Support Center, now part of Cybercore, Mr. Austad led a senior technical group that developed new methods for analysis of targeted cyber threats, provided technical context for mitigation priorities, and created new paradigms for information sharing between industry infrastructure owners, threat analysis teams, and government leaders. He also served as the Director of the Special Programs Division, which developed special technology and analysis for defense and intelligence agencies in advanced materials, trace detection, nuclear non-proliferation, electronic warfare modeling, information operations, and wireless communications systems.

Dr. Arupjyoti (Arup) Bhuyan is a wireless researcher in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the Technical Director of the INL Wireless Security Institute. The focus of his research is on secure implementation of future generations of wireless communications with scientific exploration and engineering innovations across the fields of wireless technology, cybersecurity, and computational science. Specific goals are to assure communications among critical infrastructure systems supporting control of the electric grid, emergency response, and nationwide unmanned aerial systems. Arup has extensive industry experience in wireless communications from his work before he joined INL in October, 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Yale University. He is a senior member of IEEE.

Sneha KaseraSneha Kumar Kasera is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering and a Professor, School of Computing the University of Utah. He is leading the Advanced Networked Systems Research (ANSR) Lab that he founded in 2003. Sneha’s research interests include: networks and systems – technologies, protocols and applications encompassing mobile and pervasive systems and wireless networks, security, privacy, and reliability, Internet of Things, crowdsourcing, dynamic spectrum access, network resource management, network measurements and models, and social network applications.

Recent Professional Activities:

  • Program Co-chair – IEEE WoWMoM Symposium 2020
  • Program Co-chair – ACM WiSec Conference 2017
  • Program Co-chair – ACM MobiCom Conference 2015
  • Steering Committee Member – IEEE SECON, 2012 – 2018
  • Associate Editor – IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2011 – 2015
  • Associate Editor – IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2009 – 2013
  • Program Co-chair – IEEE ICNP 2011
  • Program Co-chair – IEEE SECON 2011

Kobus Van Der Merwe is the Jay Lepreau Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah and a director in the Flux Research Group. I came to Utah in August 2012 after more than fourteen years at AT&T Labs – Research in New Jersey. I received the AT&T Science and Technology Medal in 2010 for my work on Intelligent Route Control. In 2015 I received the USENIX Test of Time award for developing a logically centralized BGP routing controller, which was an important step towards the centralized routing controllers of Software-Defined Networks. I have broad interest in networking systems research including network management, control and operation, mobile networking, network evolution, network security and cloud computing.

Jesse Young is a Principal Cybersecurity Researcher with QED Secure Solutions, a company that specializes in conducting assessments on embedded devices and complex systems-of-systems. Prior to his time at QED, he fulfilled a variety of cybersecurity roles at Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, and the Air National Guard, where he served for 11 years. Over the past several years, Jesse has conducted hundreds of penetration assessments against systems and embedded devices that span several technologies, to include medical devices, building automation systems, military weapon systems, and commercial aircraft. His work related to aviation regularly includes a unique emphasis on RF-based vulnerability research. Through their partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the Aviation Cybersecurity Initiative (ACI) program, Jesse and his colleagues have been heavily involved in work surrounding Aviation Data Links and the development of the INL-hosted Avionics Cybersecurity Research Testbed (ACRT).

Bryan Hatton is a Cybersecurity Researcher in the Cybercore Integration Center within the National & Homeland Security Directorate at the Idaho National Laboratory.  In this role, he works to help secure critical infrastructure. For the last eight years, he has supported the Aviation Cyber Initiative as a cybersecurity instructor and lead developer of the Avionics Cybersecurity Research Testbed. In addition, he helped to set up the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), which is now part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Among his accomplishments is leading a winning Capture the Flag team at the DEF CON® Hacking Conference.


Aviation Cybersecurity Initiative (ACI) Members

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Defense

Department of Transportation

university of utah

University of Utah College of Engineering

Workshop Chair

Arup Bhuyan

Workshop Chair

O.T. Gagnon III (Ollie)

Organizing Chair

Marie Weston

Idaho National Laboratory