One of the Forbes “20 Cyber Policy Experts To Follow On Twitter” and Smart Grid Today’s “Top 50 Smart Grid Pioneers”

As Managing Partner of Archer Energy Solutions, Patrick Miller provides consulting services as a security and regulatory advisor for the Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource sectors. Patrick is also the founder and currently serves on the board of directors for the Energy Sector Security Consortium, Inc. (EnergySec), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as well as the US Coordinator for the Industrial Cybersecurity Center, or CCI. 

Mr. Miller is a recognized international public speaker on the subjects of critical infrastructure protection, process and industrial control system (ICS/OT) cybersecurity, information technology (IT) cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, audit and privacy. He is an active volunteer and member of several critical infrastructure security working groups. Patrick has been commended with a number of professional awards for his successful work in building information sharing functions and cybersecurity programs. In addition to his energy sector experience, Mr. Miller also held key positions in the insurance, Internet and telecommunications sectors.

Patrick’s career started in the 1980s with deep roots in the telecommunications industry followed by years of information technology management before taking a primary focus on cybersecurity as principal security consultant for Breakwater Security Associates (now NTI Associates) in 2001. There he developed and managed the energy and utility security consulting practice. He then joined Pacificorp as a senior information security consultant where he was responsible for enterprise and industrial control system cybersecurity as well as NERC CIP regulatory compliance for the organization. Patrick left the utility after 7 years to join the regulatory strata as manager of critical infrastructure protection (CIP) audits and investigations for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Regional Entity under the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in their capacity as the Electric Reliability Organization delegated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Mr Miller left the regulatory space to reconnect with industry as director of the NERC CIP compliance consulting practice at ICF International. In 2010, EnergySec asked Patrick to be President and CEO as well as Principal Investigator of the new public-private partnership known as the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization (NESCO) program under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). After successfully ramping and transitioning the NESCO program and taking EnergySec from startup to operational, he rejoined the consulting world through The Anfield Group as a managing principal. In 2014, Patrick formed Archer Energy Solutions with three other partners to establish the premier security and regulatory consulting firm with a focus on critical infrastructure.

Career Highlights

  • Former Manager of NERC CIP Compliance Audits and Investigations at WECC
  • First NERC CIP auditor in the US
  • Led and/or participated in many NERC CIP Audits
  • Drafter of sections of NERC UAS 1200 and NERC CIP versions 1/2/3
  • Drafter of several CIP Interpretations
  • EnergySec NERC CIP instructor
  • Former utility employee (multiple utilities)
  • Founder, Director and President Emeritus of EnergySec
  • US Coordinator of CCI
  • Advisor to multiple industrial security product vendors