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Joseph Baxter  (resume) serves as the NERC CIP Lead working directly with HVDC and FACTS at ABB. In Information Systems since 1995, the majority of his background deals with Audit and Compliance concerns specifically within the Electrical and Financial sectors. Before coming to ABB, Mr. Baxter completed several years as a NERC CIP Auditor for the SERC region, with special emphasis on the technical side of cyber security. He participated in many multi-region audits with RFC, MRO, WECC, and SPP. In 2009, sitting on the other side of table, he held direct responsibility for a CIP Compliance Program at an Electric Entity spanning several States. He has both audited and been audited in the realm of CIP, and brings over fifteen years of dedicated Information Security experience gleaned from the Financial Sector to bear on the problems facing Grid Security today. Beyond NERC, his compliance knowledge extends to HIPAA, PCI-DSS, SOX, and GLBA.

Mr. Baxter retains many industry certifications to accompany his experience and knowledge. Currently certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), he also maintains a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), as well as a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) from the internationally respected ISACA organization. From the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), he holds additionally the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

When not writing science fiction, Mr. Baxter has found publication in freelance journalism, with several credits in (formerly) professional markets such as Linux.com (sample 1 or sample 2).