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Our Public Cyber Safety System: The PRISEM Project

  • 19 Feb 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
  • Evanston Building, 501 N. 34th Street, Suite 200, Seattle, WA, 98103 (Fremont offices of Serials Solutions)


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For local governments and agencies, protecting public computer networks against information security threats is a key part of safeguarding the public.  In the Puget Sound area, the Public Regional Information Security Event Monitoring project (PRISEM) is a critical system used to monitor and respond to attempts to disrupt the regional infrastructure operated by local governments, 911 centers, public utility districts and maritime ports. It is a one of a kind cybersecurity monitoring and real-time alerting system that aggregates security incidents coming from multiple systems.   By tracking these incidents, the system is able to proactively warn system administrators about botnet incursions and potential cyber-attacks from terrorists and malicious hackers.

Our February speaker, Michael Hamilton, will explain in greater detail the rationale for setting up the system as a grant-funded research project and the current operational state of the system.  Michael will also discuss the strategy to turn it into a fee-based, non-profit security service that is available to all jurisdictions in the state as well as how it forms a model for similar systems in other states.

Michael Hamilton is the CEO and Managing Partner of MK Hamilton & Associates. Michael brings a combination of public- and private-sector experience to MKH&A. His focus is on providing cybersecurity consulting services to state, local, tribal and territorial government entities, as well as public utilities, school districts, and other underserved-yet-critical areas. 

As the Chief Information Security Officer for the City of Seattle, Michael managed policy, strategy, and information security operations for 28 departments, including law enforcement, public safety, human services, energy and water utilities, and transportation management.

In his role as CISO at the City of Seattle, and now consulting to the State of Washington through his partnership, Michael spearheads the PRISEM project. The system is monitored by an analyst, who works with the monitored jurisdictions to respond to security problems.

Time/Date:  Wednesday,  February 19,  2014

6:00-7:00 PM:  Registration, networking, and appetizers
7:00-8:30 PM:  Presentation and Discussion


Evanston Building
501 N. 34th Street, Suite 200, Seattle, WA, 98103
(Fremont offices of Serials Solutions)

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  • Free 2 hour street parking is available in front of the building (along N 34th Street) after 6 pm and along the water canal side only, starting from the intersection of Phinney Ave N and N Canal St., moving west bound.
  • Pay parking is available in a parking garage directly across the street. In addition, there is pay parking behind the building. Slightly farther away (within 5 min walk and few blocks), there is a U Park Lot on Phinney Ave N and N 35th St.

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