We Understand Energy

The dynamics of operating in the energy industry are unique and multi-faceted. Mergers and acquisitions have created challenges in standardizing technology against a constantly changing backdrop. This has resulted in divisions at differing stages of consolidation and IT modernization. Innovation and technology advances are also driving transformation, allowing energy organizations to upgrade outdated infrastructure.  Ensuring the capability of your IT backbone has never been more important.

These trends are visible in the form of smarter grids, greener and cleaner sources of energy, and more customer choices.  A proliferation of smart energy assets (including IoT) that could be targets of a cyberbreach are a major consideration.

Our energy clients rely on us to help them meet stringent audit requirements. NetCraftsmen® understands complex regulatory requirements specific to the energy industry and, through our continuous compliance and governance solutions, helps ensure you meet compliance standards now and in the future.

NetCraftsmen has extensive experience successfully delivering results to national and international organizations in the energy industry.

Recent projects

  • The full rollout of hundreds of NERC CIP (North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection) compliant firewall devices while simultaneously consolidating onto a single-vendor platform.
  • Broad-scale automation via a platform that integrated with service management to reduce the time and cost of certificate renewals, firewall ACL management, and DNS/load balancer request processing.
  • Effective leverage of public cloud IaaS technology across the IT deployment continuum (development through production), including policy management and secure cloud network connectivity.

Our services are available as ongoing, fixed-fee engagements with our Craftsmen Assurance® Managed Services, as discrete consulting projects, outsourced IT services, or as a combination of the three.

To learn more about our energy industry solutions, contact us.




Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.