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Denise Anderson

VP FS-ISAC,  Government Cross Sector Programs – FS-ISAC
Chair National Council of ISACs 


Denise Anderson has over 25 years of management level experience in the private sector in Finance, Operations, Sales and Marketing, Public Relations/Publications, Administration and Information Technology. Denise is Vice President FS-ISAC, Government and Cross Sector Programs at the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), a non-profit association comprised of financial institution members that is dedicated to protecting the financial services sector from physical and cyber attacks and incidents through dissemination of trusted and timely information.

 Denise currently serves as Chair of the National Council of ISACs and participates in a number of industry groups such the Cross-Sector Cyber Security Working Group (CSCSWG). She was instrumental in implementing a CI/KR industry initiative to establish a private sector liaison seat at the National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC) to enhance information sharing between the private sector CI/KR community and the federal government and serves as one of the liaisons. She is a financial sector representative to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) — a 24-hour, DHS-led coordinated watch and warning center that improves national efforts to address threats and incidents affecting the nation’s critical information technology and cyber infrastructure. She is also a member of the Cyber Unified Coordination Group, (UCG) under the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP)  – a public/private advisory group that comes together to provide guidance during a significant cyber event – where she also represents the financial services sector.

Denise is certified as an EMT (B), Firefighter I/II and Instructor I/II in the state of Virginia, and is an Adjunct Instructor at the Fire and Rescue Academy in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is also certified under the National Incident Management System (NIMS). In addition, she has served on the Board and as Officer and President of an international credit association, has been recognized and awarded for her professional and volunteer achievements and has spoken at events in both the US and Internationally.

Denise holds a BA in English, magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA in International Business from American University.


Cyber Resilience During Super Storm Sandy and the Reliance on Physical Resilience

In order for firms to stay resilient, operations depend upon physical infrastructure. Physical infrastructure includes wiring, transportation, water, electricity and functioning facilities. Panelists in this session will talk about the need to restore physical infrastructure quickly in order to ensure cyber resilience based upon the lessons learned during Super Storm Sandy. Hear about the challenges faced and how the sectors worked together and with government to bring infrastructure up as rapidly as possible.