Ron Fisher

Director Idaho National Laboratory Resilience Optimization Center (IROC)

Dr. Ron Fisher is the Director of Infrastructure Assurance & Analysis (IAA) in the National & Homeland Security (N&HS) directorate at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). IAA was established in 2015 to further the strategic partnership with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through leveraging N&HS and INL core capabilities. The DHS portfolio at INL is diverse and over $50M annually. This portfolio includes control systems security, infrastructure analysis and technology development, and life-line infrastructure resilience.

He provides over 20 years of critical infrastructure protection experience including serving on President Clinton’s Presidential Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection. As part of the Presidential Commission, he was instrumental in initial cyber security work on energy supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. He also served as a senior consultant to the National Petroleum Council on their critical infrastructure protection study and participated in the start-up of the Energy Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Energy ISAC).

Dr. Fisher has worked at INL for five years, and prior to that 26 years at Argonne National Laboratory serving as deputy director for the Lab’s Infrastructure Assurance Center. While at Argonne he built and managed a $30M annual homeland security portfolio. His research activities include developing vulnerability assessment methodology, risk and resiliency analyses, and infrastructure interdependencies. The methodologies he helped to develop have been conducted at thousands of critical infrastructure facilities throughout the U.S. He has been the program manager for critical infrastructure protection activities for the departments of Energy, Defense, and Homeland Security.

Dr. Fisher has over 300 classified publications and over 150 unclassified publications including contributions to multiple books on homeland security, as well as a copyright and trademark in geospatial information technology. He serves as guest editor for the International Journal of Critical Infrastructures and on The Infrastructure Security Partnership Knowledge, Skills, and Education Committee.

Dr. Fisher attended Northern Illinois University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s of Business Administration in finance, economics, and management. He also attended Benedictine University and received a doctorate degree in organizational development. His dissertation on homeland security is titled, “Taking a Normative Approach to Organizational Culture Change on Critical Infrastructure Protection.”

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