Tom Lawless, Emergency Communication Coordinator, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
Tom Lawless joined the U.S. DHS Office of Emergency Communications (now DHS CISA Integrated Operations Division) Regional Coordination Program in May 2010 to serve as the Region IX Regional Coordinator. Prior to joining OEC, Tom was a liaison officer from the United States Navy (SPAWAR) to DHS. During his role as liaison officer Tom was detailed to OEC as the Chief of Multi-Jurisdictional Services (MCS). Tom was also detailed to FEMA Headquarters as an Information Technology/Continuity Of OPerations (COOP) / Continuity Of Government (COG) subject matter expert.
Tom spent 26 years working for the U.S. Navy as a computer network engineer and security specialist (Tom is a current Certified Information Systems Security Professional, CISSP). After 9/11, the Navy recognized that based on Tom’s reserve duties (reserve deputy sheriff, SAR team member, and a tactical EMT/SWAT operator) Tom’s unique skillset would be better applied to homeland security issues and proceeded to detail Tom out to other Federal organizations in the COOP/COG environment. Tom is a retired lieutenant from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, an All Hazards Communications Unit Leader (AH COML), a AH Information Technology Services unit Leader (ITSL), and an AH COML Instructor.
Tom identifies and addresses emergency communications challenges in Region IX. While the majority of Tom's time is spent in the planning phase he is often called upon for large events and disasters. Tom was/is part of the communications team for Superbowls 49,50 56, 57, and 58 as well as the Rose Bowl / Rose Parade. Tom has also deployed in the ESF2 role throughout the southwest and the pacific over the last 14 years as disasters have either struck or just missed California, Saipan, Guam, American Samoa, and Hawaii. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Technology Management.