Paragon and the Public Utility Commission of Texas organized a two-day Cybersecurity Summit on the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas.

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nearly 100 Texas utilities and municipalities attended the summit, sharing knowledge and best practices across the industry and listening to a cadre of speakers, including presentations from both Federal and State entities. “As the facilitator of the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas’ Cybersecurity Monitor Program, Paragon was excited to work with the PUC and bring utilities and cybersecurity experts together,” mentioned Ron Hickie, Paragon Energy Sector President.

In addition, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services (TEEX) partnered with Paragon to provide tabletop exercises for local utilities and tour the response training facilities available on-site.

The second day of the summit kicked off with several keynote speakers. Cybersecurity experts Mark Roman and Pete Mauro highlighted the ways in which critical infrastructure is in the crosshairs in relation to cybersecurity threats and concerns. Brandi Martin, from the Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), followed, offering valuable insight into the current offerings and project focuses of CESER.

The event wrapped with a resource panel attended by CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency), the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Department of Information Resources (DIR).

“Paragon’s expanding cybersecurity offering combined with our robust solutions in physical security, risk management, and security technology was experienced firsthand by summit participants. Being able to bring together key stakeholders in the utility industry and facilitate knowledge sharing at this first-of-its-kind event provides the ability to further strengthen our country’s infrastructure,” commented Paragon CEO Tony Sabatino.

Work on the 2023 cybersecurity summit has already begun.

Paragon promotes Sean O’Brien to newly created Executive Vice President, Business Development, driving organizational advancement for the commercial and federal business development teams.

HERNDON, Va., Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —

Sean will drive growth and development across all business sectors encompassing federal and commercial business development. Joining Paragon in 2020, following his progressive success since 2012 with affiliate Securitas USA (SUSA), Sean has directly supported the acceleration of growth of physical security offerings for the Aerospace & Defense sector. Additionally, Sean has led the integration of combining physical security offerings with specialty cleared commercial services from Paragon Risk Management, Cybersecurity, and Technology Solutions.

Serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corp, Sean led paramilitary training and security operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his service, Sean earned a dual master’s degree in security management and emergency management from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sean’s capabilities and vision will provide the business development and capture management teams additional insight into enhancing service offerings and integrating capabilities across the Federal government and its contractors.

While serving as Vice President of Global National Sales for SUSA, Sean successfully built cohesive growth-oriented entities across geographic and vertical markets and increased brand placement in the marketplace. “Sean’s operational experience in both the public and private sector, coupled with his proven track record to foster widespread organizational growth, will prove valuable as we continue to move the company into the future of safeguarding American assets,” commented Tony Sabatino, Chief Executive Officer.

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Singleton McAllister joins Paragon’s Women in Security Committee as board sponsor

HERNDON, Va., Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Paragon today announced that it is deepening support for its Women in Security initiative by welcoming board member Singleton McAllister to the committee. This initiative was formed, in conjunction with the 2021 hiring of Lisette Chreene, Corporate Vice President of Human Resources, to build awareness of career pathways in security for female employees and prospective candidates.

“Singleton is an extremely valuable addition to the team,” said Tony Sabatino, CEO of Paragon. “I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Singleton in her role on Paragon’s board and I admire how she’s supported her fellow working professionals in past experiences as the vice chair of the National Women’s History Museum and former president of Women in Government Relations Inc. I appreciate the leadership and experience Singleton will bring to her work with Paragon’s Women in Security Committee.”

McAllister kicked off her work with the committee at its inaugural meeting, where Sabatino welcomed leaders from across Paragon’s business sectors. Building on one committee member’s powerful message about learning to advocate for herself and the importance of carrying that forward by teaching other women in the industry how to do the same, the committee established its next steps. They plan to develop a broader company outreach campaign to provide additional mentoring and exposure opportunities throughout the organization.

The meeting concluded with words of enthusiasm and guidance from McAllister, who stated, “I am delighted that we are having this conversation. Women should be prevalent in positions across all our sectors, especially in leadership roles. We must be mindful that these goals will take time and effort beyond these conversations, and I look forward to helping take it to the next level.”

Since joining the board in 2017, McAllister has played an active role in the organization. In addition to her work with Paragon, McAllister was recently recognized by Savoy Network as one of 2022’s Most Influential Black Lawyers and as a Top 100 Director by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

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