Mark serves on several cyber security program portfolios for the National Security Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His expertise as a former language cryptologist for the United States Navy and cyber intelligence analyst at the National Security Agency in frontline cyber operations has proven invaluable to addressing the operational cyber challenges of today with cyber resilience solutions for multiple critical operating environments in the future.
Over the past 12 years, Mark has supported multiple mission-driven intelligence products for the United States Cyber Command and several government partners and sponsors. Mark continues to focus on cyber defense mission needs for a variety of customers supporting national security capabilities. Mark was instrumental in standing up the first-ever Navy Cyber Unit and earning plank ownership for his contributions to obtaining the authority to operate, paving the way for incumbent cyber units for multiple military component combat mission teams spanning combatant commands.
Mark has a passion for bringing operations to research and research to operations as a cyber security analyst. With a focus on security operations environments, Mark has dedicated his research to process improvement, program sustainability, and cyber resilience for critical infrastructure, improving situational awareness through tool innovation and information sharing capabilities, and building pathways to cyber workforce development in government and industry.
- Hydropower DAshboard for Cyber Threat Analysis and MitigationS (Hydro DAMS)
- Marine Renewable Energy Generation Cyber Security
Disciplines and Skills
- Cyber Program Risk Management
- Incident Response & Recovery
- Supply Chain Risk Management
- Energy Resilience
- Cyber policy, reporting, analysis, and research
- Collection Management
- Industrial Control System Security
- Information Technology/Operational Technology Security Control Mapping
- Cyber Workforce Development
- Cyber Test & Evaluation
- Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT/IoT)
- BA, History, Pacific Lutheran University, 2002
- AA, Spanish, Defense Language Institute, 2010
Affiliations and Professional Service
- DHS Interagency Security Committee Member
- DHS HSIN Member for Critical Infrastructure, Dams, and Water and Wastewater Sectors
- Watson M.D., F.E. Powers, M.V. Whyatt, and D.E. Thorsen. 2022. WPTO Navigator. PNNL-30540. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
- McKinnon A.D., M.D. Watson, and M.V. Whyatt. 2022. Data Sensitivities Desk Reference. PNNL-33154. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
- McKenzie P.L., M.D. Watson, T.W. Lemos, L.E. Campbell, and L. O'Neil. 2022. Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Device Cybersecurity Characterization Process and Profile. PNNL-32780. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
- Whyatt M.V., D.E. Thorsen, M.D. Watson, K.D. Ham, P.A. Pederson, A.D. McKinnon, and K.R. DeSomber. 2021. Toward a Resilient Cybersecure Hydropower Fleet: Cybersecurity Landscape and Roadmap 2021. PNNL-32053. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
- de Peralta F.A., M.D. Watson, R.M. Bays, J.R. Boles, and F.E. Powers. 2021. "Cybersecurity Resiliency of Marine Renewable Energy Systems Part 2: Cybersecurity Best Practices and Risk Management." Marine Technology Society Journal 55(2):104-116. PNNL-SA-158406. doi:10.4031/MTSJ.55.2.4
- Morris S.L., C.S. Glantz, A.D. McKinnon, R.M. Bays, L. O'Neil, D.E. Thorsen, M.D. Watson, and P.A. Boyd, et al. 2021. "Protecting United States Army Infrastructure by Enhancing Cybersecurity for Onsite Third-Party Energy Providers." Journal of Information Warfare. PNNL-SA-158596.
- O'Neil L., R.M. Bays, C.S. Glantz, D.E. Thorsen, S.L. Morris, F.A. de Peralta, M.D. Watson, and P.A. Boyd, et al. 2021. "Securing Critical Infrastructure Through Cyber-Focused Procurement Language." Abstract submitted to (ISC)2 Security Congress, Virtual And Orlando, Fl. PNNL-SA-163377.
- de Peralta F.A., A.M. Gorton, M.D. Watson, R.M. Bays, J.R. Boles, B.T. Gorton, and J.E. Castleberry, et al. 2020. "Cybersecurity Resiliency of Marine Renewable Energy Systems. Part 1: Identifying Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities and Determining Risk." Marine Technology Society Journal 54(6):97-107. PNNL-SA-154414. doi:10.4031/MTSJ.54.6.9
- Castleberry J.E., S.B. Maldonado Rosado, C.P. Baker, P.L. McKenzie, A.L. Britton, M.D. Watson, and K.M. Arthur-Durett, et al. 2020. Attack Scenarios Relating to Army Facility-Related Control Systems: Quantifying the Cost to Secure and Cost Savings of the Army’s FRCS Program. PNNL-29642. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
- de Peralta F.A., M.D. Watson, R.M. Bays, F.E. Powers, and J.R. Boles. 2020. Cybersecurity Best Practice Guidance for Marine Renewable Energy Systems. PNNL-30256. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
- Baker C.P., A.L. Britton, J.E. Castleberry, A.C. Dalton, S.B. Maldonado Rosado, C.P. Marcus, and P.L. McKenzie, et al. 2020. Cybersecurity Maturity Model Landscape Analysis. PNNL-30018. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
- de Peralta F.A., A.M. Gorton, M.D. Watson, R.M. Bays, J.E. Castleberry, J.R. Boles, and B.T. Gorton, et al. 2020. Framework for Identifying Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Determining Risk for Marine Renewable Energy Systems. PNNL-29802. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.
- Thorsen D.E., M.V. Whyatt, M.D. Watson, A.D. McKinnon, and J.D. Seaman. 2020. Hydroelectric Cybersecurity Response and Recovery Overview. PNNL-30593. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.