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Former Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Joins Hume Center

Jun 21, 2018

The Hume Center is excited to welcome Henry “Hank” Kenchington to Virginia Tech as a senior fellow. Hank has over 25 years of experience leading public and private organizations in the strategic management of technology and innovation specializing in cybersecurity for energy systems over the last 15 years.  Hank recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats at the Department of Energy working with energy firms to develop advanced tools technologies to better protect the nation’s energy infrastructure against cyber-attacks. He spearheaded the Department’s partnership with the energy sector through development of the Roadmap to Achieve Energy Delivery Systems Cybersecurity – a collaborative strategy to align public and private sector investments to create resilient systems and enhance cybersecurity. Under Hank’s leadership, the Department worked with the private sector to develop and commercialize more than 35 advanced tools and technologies now deployed across the US to better protect the nation’s energy infrastructure against cyber-attacks. He also pioneered the development of the Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP) - a cyber threat information sharing platform with advanced cyber analytics enhanced with whole-of-government threat intelligence.

Hank will be working with the Hume Center and Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region Research Development Team to build research and education programs as part of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI). This initiative, which received a $25 million investment from the Commonwealth in the 2018-2020 budget, will build an ecosystem of cyber-related research, education, and engagement to position Virginia as a world leader in cybersecurity. Hank brings expertise in energy and industrial Internet of Things technology that will be a core aspect of the CCI mission.

Hank holds a with a bachelor’s of science in mechanical and nuclear engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in engineering administration from the George Washington University.

Learn more about the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.