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  • Dominic Nessi, CISSP
  • Senior Technology Advisor
  • Burns Engineering - AeroTech Partners

Dominic Nessi has 41 years of experience and is the former Deputy Executive Director and the Chief Information Officer of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). He held that position from September 2007 to March 2016. He is resently working with a number of organizations which are critical entities in the air transport industry. As chief information officer at LAWA, Nessi was responsible for all information technology-related functions, including technology planning, design, implementation and utilization of LAWA’s information infrastructure and related voice, data and video communications systems for LAX, the world’s fifth busiest airport, Ontario International and Van Nuys, the world’s busiest general aviation airport. Mr. Nessi was responsible for the oversight of over 200 applications, including all airport mission-critical systems.

In the area of cybersecurity, Mr. Nessi has achieved the CISSP and GSLC certifications. He serves on the ISC2 North American Advisory Council and is the chair of the ISC2 Executive Writer’s Bureau. Mr. Nessi is the chair of the Airports Council International (ACI) World Cybersecurity task force and chairs the ACI North American cybersecurity sub-committee. Mr. Nessi completed a certificate in Cybersecurity policy from the Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government and is completing a series of cyber-related courses from Texas A&M. He is now working with the recently formed A-ISAC to increase its membership in the airport community. In 2013 LAWA received a CSO 40 award for its work in cybersecurity.

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

In March 2009, Mr. Nessi was named as one of Government Technology magazine’s “25 doers, dreamers and drivers” in the information technology industry. In 2010, Mr. Nessi was selected as one of Computerworld’s 100 Premier IT Leaders. In 2011, a major IT project led by Mr. Nessi was given an “Honorable Mention” in Government Computer News’ annual IT awards. In 2014 LAWA received an award for the delivery of complex closed circuit TV. In 2015, Mr. Nessi was named a Global CIO by ICMG and LAWA was honored for its IT Strategic Plan and IT Governance process, also by ICMG.

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