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NOTE: This month's presentation continues with the webinar format, due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, and will be held during lunch time on February 17th.  After registering on the National Capital Chapter website, all registrants will be sent follow up email(s) with the information to access the Zoom meeting.


** All Student Members please contact the registration chair.



February PES Webinar: Cybersecurity

When: February 17th, 2021, Noon-2pm

Where: Webinar

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** All Student Members please contact the registration chair, or make payments at the door.

Topic: The Engineer’s Guide to Cybersecurity – NAVFAC HQ and AECOM Panel for ALL Engineering Disciplines for How to Include UFC 4-010-06 Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity affects ALL disciplines across Building Design. If an Engineer is designing/working on a federal project, then this Engineer needs to be understood that the project requires Federal Cybersecurity Design requirements which must be met. Failure to take Cybersecurity Design into account as soon as an RFP is released and being pursued puts the project at risk. Join us for presentation to inform Engineers what is needed to make sure Cybersecurity requirements are met for Federal projects. Some of the topics we will cover are as follows:

  • How to determine if Cybersecurity is required for your project or RFP
  • Cybersecurity for Control Systems 101 – Cybersecurity is NOT what you think it is.
  • How to communicate with your counterpart on the client side so that Cybersecurity Risks are addressed in the design phases.
  • What is and is NOT the Design Engineer’s responsibilities when it comes to Cybersecurity for Facility Related Control Systems.
  • Informative links; lessons learned, suggestions to move forward when designing a control system.



David A. Gary, P.E., LEED AP NAVFAC Atlantic Capital Improvements, Cybersecurity and Energy Criteria

NAVFAC – Atlantic 2018-Present: Currently assigned to the Capital Improvements Business Line working as the Energy and Cybersecurity Criteria Manager.

NAVFAC – Atlantic 2017-2018: Assigned to the Public Works Business Line working on the USMC Building and Utility Control Systems Cybersecurity Implementation Plans and the Navy’s Smart Grid Project.

Army Corps of Engineers - Norfolk District from 2002-2017: Mr. Gary served as the
Mechanical/Electrical Section Chief and Center of Standardization (COS) Facility Technical
Manager. His primary responsibilities include mechanical/electrical design oversight and
compliance with Army Standards/Standard Designs for Enlisted Personnel Dining Facilities.

Education and Credentials: A.S. in Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) from Tidewater
Community College (2000) and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University (2002). He holds a Professional Engineer license in the state of Virginia and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Active Duty U.S. Navy: Mr. Gary served in the U.S. Navy as an electrician for 5 years. His time in the Navy included an assignment to the Auxiliary Support Ship, USS Supply (AOE-6) and Fast Attack Submarine, USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720). David received a Navy Achievement Medal for exemplary performance as the electrical shop supervisor on board USS Supply

David currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, kayaking, home improvements, and fixing electronic gadgets.

Charlene Watson, CRISC, CISSP, ECSA, CEH Senior Cybersecurity, SME, AECOM

Charlene Watson has more than 20 years of experience in leading people/projects in Personal, Physical and Cyber Security Protection and Risk Management. She is a requested national/international Speaker/Instructor, Published Author and Subject Matter Experect in Cyber Resiliency and Cyber Design.  She has exceptional analytical, investigative skills in delivering solid solutions & performance metrics in multiple Security and Cyber disciplines, critical infrastructure, community education and awareness. She
has extensive experience in Cyber Security/Cyber Risk Management in NIST RMF, IT Risk Management, FARS, DFARS Compliance for Cyber/Risk Regulations and Enterprise Risk Management.

John Whitman, Senior Network Cybersecurity, SME, AECOM

John has worked on designing and integrating Ethernet and serial communications technologies for over 10 years. He is familiar with the SCADA and OT technologies in transportation, building automation/control and manufacturing which helps to design a more secure network environment.

John has broad based expertise in the planning, design, construction, integration, and testing of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) equipment. As Senior ITS Network and Technology Manager in the Atlanta Office, his expertise is in Enterprise-level networks. He has extensive experience building network standards, policies and procedures to promote stable and scalable network systems. Serving as a contracted ITS Network Consultant for the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) District Five for 5 years, John rebuilt the ITS network spanning nine Florida counties, 3000+ end devices, 550+ switches/routers and multicast support from over 400 cameras. In addition, his experience includes mentoring and teaching students in all aspects of computer operations, networking, maintenance, repair and cost comparisons.




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