Gary Kessler

Gary Kessler, PhD, CISSP, is president of Gary Kessler Associates, a principal consultant at Fathom5, and a retired professor of cybersecurity. He is also the Chief of the Cyber Augmentation Branch in the Cybersecurity Directorate of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, guest faculty in the Electrical Engineering & Cyber Systems Section at the US Coast Guard Academy, and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative. He has been involved in the field of information security since the late 1970s, with current research relating to maritime cybersecurity, particularly in AIS and maritime communication protocol vulnerabilities. Gary is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has authored more than 75 papers, articles, and book chapters in addition to three books, including Maritime Cybersecurity: A Guide for Leaders and Managers, which he co-authored and published in 2020. Gary holds a BA in Mathematics, an MS in Computer Science, and a PhD in Computing Technology in Education. He is a Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and holds a 50 GT merchant mariner credential.