Episode 1: Welcome to Season 2! - GRIZZLY STEPPE and Cybersecurity Efforts in New Jersey

The FBI and DHS released a Joint Analysis Report containing technical details and indicators of compromise (IOCs) that the US government has attributed to Russian intelligence services, designated as GRIZZLY STEPPE, in connection with malicious cyber-enabled activities targeting a variety of US entities over the last several years. This report was intended to provide network defenders with previously undisclosed and in some cases declassified IOCs to aid in detecting and, when necessary, blocking network traffic or malicious tools used by Russian actors, as well as to encourage the reporting of confirmed incidents to Federal authorities.

Today, as we welcome you back to Season 2 of Intelligence. Unclassified., Rosemary Martorana is joined by New Jersey's Chief Technology Officer Dave Weinstein, NJOHSP's Director of Cybersecurity CISO Steven Branigan, and New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell Director Mike Geraghty who discuss what GRIZZLY STEPPE actually is and what efforts are being put forth in New Jersey to secure our digital footprint. 





Chief Technology Officer, New Jersey Office of Information Technology

Dave Weinstein is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the State of New Jersey, where he serves as a member of Governor Chris Christie’s cabinet.  As CTO, Dave leads the New Jersey Office of Information Technology.

Prior to this June 2016 appointment, Dave previously served as New Jersey’s Chief Information Security Officer and Cybersecurity Advisor with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.  Outside of Trenton, Dave was a senior civilian at the United States Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Maryland, as well as a cyber risk consultant with Deloitte and Touche.

Dave has been recognized by Forbes as a “top 20 cyber policy expert” and his analysis and commentary has been featured in numerous media and academic publications, including the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CNN.com, The Boston Globe, and The Huffington Post. 

Dave is also a Cybersecurity Fellow with New America and an “Influencer” for the Christian Science Monitor’s security and privacy project.  He is the author of the forthcoming chapter “Information Sharing at the State and Local Level,” published in Cyber Insecurity: Navigating the Perils of the Information Age (Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.).


Director of Cybersecurity, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

Steven Branigan is the Director of Cybersecurity for NJOHSP and the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the State of New Jersey. He has held senior technical and management positions at Telcordia Technologies, Bell Labs, Lumeta, and CyanLine, where he consulted commercial and government organizations on security policy and strategy, architecture, risk management, and incident response. Mr. Branigan also served on the board of the non-profit High Technology Crime Investigation Association and is an active member of the FBI Infragard Program.


Director, New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell

Mike Geraghty brings a wealth of public- and private-sector experience to the role of NJCCIC Director, having served as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Chief Information Officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Vice President of High Technology Investigations at Prudential Financial. Previously, Geraghty served 12 years with the New Jersey State Police, where he led the formation and development of the High Technology Crimes Investigations Unit.

Mr. Geraghty has lectured extensively throughout the world on the topic of cybersecurity, high tech investigations and computer forensics, providing technical and investigative assistance to law enforcement agencies both domestically and internationally, including the FBI, Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, Naval Intelligence, New Scotland Yard, and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Service. He has provided expert testimony before Congress and in federal, state, and international courts on computer crime investigations and forensics. Geraghty is also a past president of the Northeast Chapter of the High Technology Crimes Investigation Association and has held leadership roles in the National Strategic Policy Council on Cyber and Electronic Crime.