ATA Webinar- Transportation Security Administration Update on Operations, Cybersecurity, and Credentialing

Please register for this recorded webinar, open to all ATA, SMC, and TSC members.

Webinar Description:  

Join representatives from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to hear presentations on operations updates, an overview of the cybersecurity landscape for surface transportation, and the latest information on credentialing programs for truck drivers. 

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These experienced government leaders will share their knowledge on the following topics:

Surface Operations Overview / Updated Organization / Introduction of Regional Security Directors 

Sonya T. Proctor, TSA Surface Operations Assistant Administrator 

Sonya T. Proctor is the Assistant Administrator for Surface Operations, which aligns surface transportation security operations under direct executive leadership to provide the most effective and efficient security solutions for the four modes of land-based transportation: mass transit, freight rail, highway motor carrier and pipeline.  Serving in TSA, Ms. Proctor's executive accomplishments have spanned the policy, law enforcement and security operations areas.

She brings to TSA an extensive operational background in law enforcement and transportation security. Ms. Proctor started her law enforcement career in the Nation’s Capital, with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. During her twenty-five-year tenure she served in the patrol and investigative ranks, directing and leading the department through many city wide challenges, including crime reduction, civil disturbances, sensitive investigations and significant departmental reorganization. She rose to command many key positions, among them, the Human Resources Bureau for the Department, the Office of Internal Affairs, and the Special Events Unit of the Special Operations Division, which handles all major events, Presidential escorts, parades, marches, and demonstrations – scheduled and unscheduled – in the Nation’s Capital. She also served as Commander of the Third Police District, often recognized for its broad diversity and model community policing approach she developed with her community partners. She served in every rank from patrol officer to Chief of Police, retiring from the department, after serving as the Chief of Police, in an interim capacity.

Ms. Proctor went on to serve as the Chief of Police for the national Amtrak Police Department, developing a new strategic blend of city policing in a passenger railroad environment. In conjunction with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, Ms. Proctor co-chaired the Northeast Corridor Coalition, a group of law enforcement leaders along the Amtrak route between Washington, DC and New York City to enhance post 9-11 security for passengers on that heavily travelled route.

A graduate of the 130th session of the FBI National Academy and a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, she remains active in the national and international law enforcement community. Ms. Proctor earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Johns Hopkins University.

Credentialing: TWIC, HME, and Pre-Check  
Drew A. Sindlinger

Drew A. Sindlinger is a Section Chief with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Within the Enrollment Services and Vetting Program office’s portfolio of Security Threat Assessment programs, he supports the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) and Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) Threat Assessment programs, among other vetted populations.  Sindlinger manages assessments and oversight activities, performance management requirements, risk management, and technology initiatives associated with biometric and biographic vetting programs. Also, he supports vetting program operations, including acquisition, internal controls, stakeholder outreach, and quality assurance for processes across the credential’s lifecycle.

Prior to joining DHS, Sindlinger was a Manager for Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Federal Strategy and Operations practice. Specializing in the intelligence and law enforcement community, he delivered strategic planning, performance management, executive facilitation and process improvement solutions. Focused on business transformation and integrated program management tools, he managed the deployment and implementation of national threat strategies, used analytics to measure investigative activities, and developed processes to evaluate field division resources.  Sindlinger began his career with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). As an analyst for the DOJ Office of the Inspector General, he led and contributed to high-profile reviews on biometric and name check technologies, risk-based strategies for national security threats, and the automation of forensic examinations.

Sindlinger was recognized by multiple federal oversight entities for identifying and resolving strategic management deficiencies with economic and efficient solutions. In 2018, his team earned recognition from TSA for the development of a next generation maritime credential. He is a graduate of The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).

Cybersecurity Overview within the Surface Landscape  
Mike Isper, Branch Manager for Surface Cybersecurity Support 

Mike Isper brings a wealth of pipeline physical and cybersecurity experience with over 15 years of working in both the natural gas industry’s corporate security environment and the federal government. He currently serves as the Branch Manager of the newly created Cybersecurity Operations Support Branch within TSA’s Surface Operations. Mike is well versed in industry accepted cybersecurity maturity models, frameworks, and practices related to cybersecurity defense in depth, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, and other standards and practices.

Other experience and accomplishments includes his role as the Director of Security for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), managing and directing the ongoing security collaboration efforts for the member companies and their relationships with federal agency partners.  Mike’s many years as Corporate Security Compliance Manager at Dominion Energy allowed him to lead the security efforts for their multi-state natural gas transmission and distribution assets.

Surface Operations Security Engagement Programs 
Joseph Larkin, MEP

Joe is currently a Transportation Security Specialist in the Operations Division for TSA’s Surface Operations. He has been with TSA since it was stood up shortly after 9/11, and has extensive experience in conducting security assessments and creating and providing training on a variety of security topics. Joe is a certified Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and has designed, facilitated and evaluated exercises throughout the country. Additionally, Joe is an accredited instructor through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy, an Adjunct Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and a Fusion Liaison Officer (FLO) with the Western Pennsylvania All-Hazards Fusion Center. Prior to TSA Joe was the Director of Safety for a hazardous material trucking company and owned and operated a martial arts/self-defense school where he provided hand-to-hand combat strategies for law enforcement and conducted seminars for the Pittsburgh Center for Rape in addition to regular individual and group self-defense sessions.

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