American Electric Power
Chief Security & Privacy Officer
Fortune 500 Rank
Stephen L. Swick is the Chief Security Officer for American Electric Power, responsible for Enterprise Physical & Cyber Security, Aviation and Enterprise UAV/Drone Operations. American Electric Power is one of the largest energy companies in the US and a critical part of the US electric grid. Prior to his current CSO role he was Director of Intelligence & Defense at AEP. With over 30 years of Information Security experience, he began his career monitoring phone calls and fax transmissions for the U.S. Air Force Intelligence in the 80's. Steve was one of the original members of the U.S. Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team in the mid-90's, where he received his second Commendation Medal for participation in response to a hack on several Department of Defense facilities. In 1998 he joined AEP to grow and mature the cybersecurity program. Now regularly interacting with a very involved AEP Executive team and Board of Directors regarding Security Risk and Preparedness. American Electric Power is one of the largest energy companies in the US and a critical part of the US electric grid. As a well-respected, nationally recognized cybersecurity professional, Steve has been invited to present before Congress, Senate Committees, and military/political leaders. He is considered a subject matter expert by local and national media outlets, having interviewed with the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Columbus Dispatch, CBS and other news sources. Steve has been invited to the Cyber Security Advisory Board for McAfee, IronNet, DOE CRISP, Hocking College and some other Cyber & Physical Security related efforts. Steve is on the board for Fairfield Medical Center, chairing the Audit Committee and is also on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio, the largest RMH in the US. Steve has numerous security certifications, a Bachelor of Science degree. While at AEP Steve completed an Executive Level Targeted Development program, and has earned two Key Contributor awards. When he is not busy at work, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife Nicole who he met at Ohio University in 1987, along with their five children, two of which graduated from Ohio University, one is an Army Airborne Combat Engineer, and the last two are working on their degrees from Ohio University.