Get to know us

The Maritime Cybersecurity Institute is a non-profit 501(C)(3) entity focused on improving the cybersecurity posture of the commercial maritime transportation system.

The MCSI was established through grants originating from the State of South Carolina, with additional support from the Innovation Engines program of the National Science Foundation.

blue and red cargo ship on sea during daytime
blue and red cargo ship on sea during daytime

Our leadership team

Rick Siebenaler

MCSI CEO and Executive Director;
CEO Brams Point Partners, LLC

Brian Shea

MCSI Board Director;
Principal, Simon Everett, Ltd.;

Taylor Jackson

MCSI Board Director;
President and CEO, Maritime Association of South Carolina

As CEO, Rick provides the Maritime Cybersecurity Institute (MCSI) with overall leadership and strategic vision, with a focus on improving the cybersecurity posture of the commercial maritime transportation ecosystem - ports, ships, intermodal transportation, and all related ecosystem partners.

Rick brings nearly 40 years of cybersecurity expertise to the MCSI, including over 25 years of consulting to some of the world's largest organizations while working for Deloitte and Ernst & Young. During his Deloitte tenure, Rick served as the Firm's Global Chief Information Security Officer, leading an effort to globalize and standardize the Firm's cybersecurity protections worldwide.

Prior to his time in the consulting arena, Rick served as Chief Technology Officer for Harris Corporation / CyberGuard Corporation after working at the National Security Agency early in his career, where he began his career in cybersecurity.

Brian is a principal and co-founder at Simon Everett, Ltd., where he leads research and analysis projects and provides strategic advisory services to government agencies, state and local leaders, and businesses. Over nearly three decades as a consultant, he has supported organizations including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of State, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the National Association of Attorneys General.

More specific to MCSI’s equities, Brian has helped multiple states inventory, assess, and develop strategic plans for strengthening cybersecurity ecosystems—including for South Carolina, on behalf of the Office of the Governor, the Department of Commerce, and the University of South Carolina; and for the Lowcountry, on behalf of the South Coast Cyber Center.

Taylor is President and CEO of The Maritime Association of South Carolina. Previously, Taylor served as Director of SC Logistics with the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. Taylor began her maritime career in 2014 working as a Rates Analyst & Export Administrator. In 2016, she joined Kuehne + Nagel as an Account Manager where she was responsible for managing global accounts in the Southeast territory.

In her spare time, Taylor is involved in many organizations in the Waterfront Community. She serves as Chair for Charleston Women in International Trade. Taylor is also on the Board for the Charleston Motor Carrier Association, The Propeller Club of Charleston, SC International Trade Conference and NTW. She is Chair of the Waterfront Collective in Charleston, SC and serves on several education and workforce committees across the state. Taylor also serves on the CSCMP Roundtable Board out of Greenville, SC. Taylor won 2019 Young Leader of the Year for the NTW and in 2023 was awarded Emerging Leader for the Maritime Association of South Carolina. Taylor has also been named as SC BIZ News Logistics Power List for 2023 and 2024.