Joe Turano, Ph.D.
Senior Security Consultant

Joe Turano, Ph.D., Senior Security ConsultantMr. Turano has over 20 years of information technology experience in Bulk Electric Systems including transmission, distribution, and generation, as well as travel services, space satellite networks, insurance, and manufacturing. His experience includes field service hardware break/fix, SpaceNet satellite support, desktop support, disaster recovery and business continuity, network architecture and administration, Windows, Linux, and AIX server administration.  

Since joining N&ST in 2017, Mr. Turano has led and participated in NERC CIP compliance assessments, Mock Audits, RSAW reviews, Cyber Vulnerability Assessments (CIP-005 and CIP-007), NERC CIP Compliance procedure development, program oversight, and Compliance audit preparation.  

Mr. Turano has been actively involved with the management and rollout of the NERC Reliability Standards both in operations and planning (O&P) and CIP across four large T&D companies. He has successfully managed and led numerous CIP and O&P audits that resulted in no findings and few if any recommendations and suggestions. He was also heavily involved with the NERC Events Analysis development and served on the Compliance Committee for the Northeast Power Coordinating Council’s region. He was a featured speaker at the 2013 Managing Regulatory Compliance Conference in Atlanta.  

Previously, in addition to Mr. Turano’s IT and NERC experience, he also has over 12 years of teaching experience at the community college level. He has taught computer science classes as well as business classes and developed an entire 2- year Associate degree program working with other nearby business schools for integration into their Bachelors program.  

Mr. Turano earned a Ph.D. in Information Technology with a specialization of Information Assurance and Security from Capella University. His focus of study was the relationship of organizational cultures and violations to NERC standards.