Bates Group Expert Mike Steinmetz has more than 40 years of federal, state, and private sector experience. Mike was Rhode Island’s first State Cybersecurity Officer. He was also designated as the state’s Homeland Security Advisor. While a member of the Rhode Island cabinet, he delivered the first cyber-risk assessment of state government, employing NIST’s Cyber Security Framework, the results of which were matrixed into a capability maturity model to closely measure improvements and effective application of state budget investments. He concurrently implemented the first annual cybersecurity training program for approximately 10,000 state employees—a program that instructed, tested, then measured improvements in cyber-related human behaviors. The unique implementation of the training improved employee resistance to sophisticated social engineering by 20 percent in the first year. Mike also authored, published, then delivered to the leadership of Rhode Island the state’s first cybersecurity strategy. Cosigned by Rhode Island’s Governor, the strategy aligned aggressive state-wide technology and innovation goals with milestones and metrics from the NIST cybersecurity framework. As the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, Mike completed a complex risk analysis of physical, technological, and other risks to the state’s critical infrastructure, providing the results to the Governor in the first “State of the State of Homeland Security.”
Early in his private sector career with Northrop Grumman, Mike delivered the company’s first international cyberstrategy, which resulted in a £1.2 billion win in the United Kingdom and a cybersecurity M&A acquisition in Australia. As a result, Mike relocated to Canberra, Australia, leading 10 international teams addressing all M&A integration activities in Australia and the United States. In early 2015, Mike transitioned into international energy and power, addressing digital risk and security for National Grid plc, serving concurrently as National Grid’s Global Director, Governance Risk and Compliance, the Global Director for Strategy, Planning and Budget and as the interim Acting U.S. Chief Information Security Officer. He led a global team delivering all United States and United Kingdom regulatory compliance, and governance functions to the executive. He also delivered detailed testimony for the cybersecurity sections of the New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island rate cases. Additional risk assessments of cybersecurity within National Grid’s industrial and business systems contributed to a revised corporate risk analysis and rescoped cybersecurity insurance estimates.
Mike is an Oxford University, Oxford Martin School Associate. He serves on the Board of Boston College’s Woods College for Advancing Studies, Masters of Cybersecurity Policy and Governance. He is Senior Advisor to the Cityforum in London, frequently chairing or speaking at its annual Cybersecurity Masterclass. He supports initiatives at the Atlantic Council led by Frank Kramer, and the “Cyber at MIT Sloan/IC3” initiative in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mike is a decorated combat pilot, a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a distinguished graduate of the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he received a Master of Science in National Resource Management. Mike is currently a Director and General Partner with College Hill Ventures PBC located in Providence, Rhode Island and the Principal of Digital Executive, LTD an executive consulting company located in Brookline, Massachusetts.
College Hill Ventures PBC, Director and General Partner, Barrington, RI and Brookline, MA, 2019 – 2020
State of Rhode Island, State Cybersecurity Officer, Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, Providence, RI, 2017 – 2019
Digital Executive LTD, Principal, Newton and Brookline, MA, 2016 – 2020
National Grid, Director, Digital Risk and Security; Strategy and Planning, Governance Risk and Compliance, Waltham, MA, 2015 – 2017
Northrop Grumman, Chief Cyber Architect, Advanced Cyber Security Technology Center, Biometric and Mobile Secure Communications Product Line Manager, McLean, VA, 2013 – 2015; Director, Merger and Acquisition Integration, Canberra, Australia, 2012 – 2013; Director, Program Manager for International Cybersecurity Strategy, 2009 – 2012, and Market Area Manager of the Information Operations, Colorado Springs, CO, 2004 – 2009
U.S. Navy, Deputy Chief of Staff for classified organization, National Security Force, Fort Meade, MD, 2003 – 2004; Director, Computer Network Operations (J-39), U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM), Colorado Springs, CO, 2001 – 2003; Operational Deployments, Tampa, FL, Omaha, NE, and Fort Meade, MD; Director, Space and Information Operations Element, SPACECOM, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), U.S. Strategic Command, (STRATCOM), 2001 – 2003
Bachelor of Education (B.M.Ed.), The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Master of Science (M.S.), National Resource Management, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
Cybersecurity Handbook, Oxford University Press, edited by Dr. Paul Cornish, Authored two chapters, Expected out in Fall 2020
State of Rhode Island Cybersecurity Strategy, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 2019
On Cyber Warfare, Chatham House Report, Contributor, 2010
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