GENERAL SESSION: Important Legislations Affecting Today’s Data Center

  • Wednesday, 09/14/2016: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Room: The Great Hall B
  • Session Number:  GEN 1


Last year, the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security passed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA) (S.1846).  In light of the recent and ongoing Electromagnetic terrorist threats happening domestically and abroad, this critical legislation is a tremendous step towards protecting and preparing the critical infrastructure of the American homeland against electromagnetic pulse threats (EMP Threats).  An EMP Threat is considered one of the most serious risks to our national security - so how does this affect today’s data centers?
Data center managers are recognizing Intentional Electromagnetic Interference (IEMI) and High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) as threats to resilient operations.  This is especially a concern in data centers that support any of the 16 Critical Infrastructure Service Segments, such as utilities, financial institutions, healthcare and communications.  Nuclear proliferation, growing availability of drone aircraft with IEMI capability and terrorist/criminal awareness of commercially-available IEMI devices will undoubtedly make data center protection a long-term issue.   Data center managers have begun to protect against IEMI and HEMP, both in the United States and internationally.
This compelling panel of international experts will discuss: 

*How EMP can affect the national security of our data centers, as well as examining the current legislative efforts, business and societal impact.   

*EMP protection and its upcoming place in NIST 800-53 Revision 5; specifically, its position in the CIA (Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability) framework and where it will apply will be reviewed. 

*How EMP protection, as a pending legislative requirement, will apply differently to Department of Defense vs. Civilian data availability requirements.  

*An update will be provided about recent activity by InfraGard, a non-profit organization serving as a public-private partnership between U.S. businesses and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  

*The availability of cost-effective and practical protective measures to reduce the vulnerability of data centers with examples provided.  

*The panel will conclude with an introduction to a “real-world” example of an IEMI/EMP protected data center facility.   A question and answer period is planned at the conclusion of the presentations.
Our panel is chaired by Mr. Michael Caruso, independent consultant and former Director, Government and Specialty Business Development for ETS-Lindgren, a recognized world leader in the Radio Frequency Shielded Enclosure/Anechoic Chamber industry.  The panel includes the Honorable Bob Hall, Texas Senate, District 2; Mr. Jim LeBlanc, independent consultant at Contingency Planning Consulting, LLC, VP of the New Orleans InfraGard Chapter, member of InfraGard’s EMP Special Interest Group, and chair of the Louisiana Grid Coalition; as well as Mr. Rich Banta, Co-Owner/Chief Compliance Officer at Lifeline Data Centers, LLC., a recognized expert in SSAE, TIA-942, NFPA, FISMA, FDA/DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley and FedRAMP compliance regulations. 


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Jim LeBlanc

Contingency Planning Consultants, LLC

Michael Caruso

Independant Consultant
ETS - Lindgren

Rich Banta

Co-Owner/Chief Compliance Officer
Lifeline Data Centers, LLC

Ronald Jacobus III

Policy Specialist
Office of the Honorable Bob Hall, Texas Senate