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Former CIO, Los Angeles World Airports

Dominic Nessi is currently an airport technology consultant working with AeroTech Partners. Presently, he is engaged in a number of airport technology projects and continues to speak internationally on a variety of topics, especially focusing on cybersecurity.

Nessi is the former Deputy Executive Director and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). He held that position September 2007 to February 2016. As CIO, Nessi was responsible for all information technology-related functions, including technology planning, design, implementation and utilization of LAWA’s information infrastructure. LAX is the world’s fifth busiest airport.

Van Nuys is one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports. Nessi was responsible for the oversight of over 200 applications, including all airport mission-critical systems. 

Prior to his appointment at LAWA, Nessi served as the first CIO of the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) from 2001 through 2007. At NPS, Nessi was responsible for all information technology and information management matters throughout the 400 plus National Park units.

Nessi served as chief information officer of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Indian Affairs from 1998 to 2001, overseeing the development of a critical and challenging system initiative in the federal government dealing with complex Indian land trust issues.

Prior to his CIO positions, Nessi was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development where he managed a $1 billion program for building housing, infrastructure, and community and economic development on Indian reservations, Alaskan villages and in the native Hawaiian community. Nessi was responsible for creating the first private sector mortgage lending on Indian lands in history.

Nessi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Roosevelt University in Chicago, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Northern Illinois University, a Masters in Public Administration with special emphasis in public policy from the University of Colorado, and a Master’s Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Nessi also recently completed a certificate in Cybersecurity policy from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Nessi taught information technology courses at Metropolitan State College of Denver for seven years. 

Nessi serves on the ISC2 North American Advisory Board, the Airports Council International (ACI) World – Technology Steering Group, the SITA Customer Advisory Board and is a member of UCLA’s CIO Advisory Committee. Nessi is also the chair of the cyber-security sub-committee for ACI North America, as well as the Chair of the ACI World cybersecurity task force. In the past year, Nessi was named the Chair of the ISC2 Executive Writer’s Bureau and was selected to participate on the Editorial Board of Airport Business magazine.

Nessi is currently chairing two ACRP studies, “Improving the Customer Experience” and “Use of Campus Notification and Lockdown System at Airports”. 

Nessi has achieved the CISSP from ISC2, the PMP certification from the Project Management Institute and the SANS GSLC certification.  In 2008, Nessi was awarded a certification for IT Governance (CGEIT) from ISACA.  In 2010 he received the Certified Manager (CM) designation from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). 

In March 2009, Nessi was named as one of Government Technology magazine’s “25 doers, dreamers and drivers” in the information technology industry.  In 2010, Nessi was selected as one of Computerworld’s 100 Premier IT Leaders. In 2011, a major IT project led by Nessi was given an “Honorable Mention” in Government Computer News’ annual IT awards.

In 2013 LAWA received a CSO 40 award for its work in cybersecurity and in 2014 LAWA received an award for the delivery of complex closed circuit TV project. In 2015, Computerworld named LAWA’s IT Department as one of the 100 best IT Departments in which to work in the United States.

Nessi regularly speaks at domestic and international information technology and airport conferences and is frequently published and/or quoted in trade publications.

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Addressing the growing cyber threat

Published on  01 December 2016 08:52  by Dominic Nessi

Cyber threats, capable of attacking any connected device, arise everyday and certain regions are more prepared than others to tackle these threats. With passenger numbers increasing, Dominic Nessi, former CIO of Los Angeles World Airports, discusses the need for a common, 10-step approach for worldwide cybersecurity within our industry.

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