Captain Taylor Lam, Commander Sector San Francisco & Captain of the Port will introduce the United States Coast Guard Cyber Command and Commander Boris Montatsky. The Commander serves at U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command as the Cyber Effects and Protection Division Chief. In this role, he leads a diverse staff of three:
- Cyber Protection Teams (CPTs),
- Cyber Mission Team (CMT
- Maritime Cyber Readiness Branch.
These elements inform and assess cyber risk across the Maritime Transportation System (MTS) as well as conduct cyberspace operations that prevent and defend against cyber attacks targeting U.S. national interests.
The U.S. Coast Guard’s presentation to the Propeller Club of Northern California will focus on:
“The Service’s current capabilities and initiatives to enhance cybersecurity of the U.S. Marine Transportation System which facilitates the global supply chain and more than $5.4 Trillion in annual commerce.”
Captain Lam assumed command of Sector San Francisco in June 2021. As Commander, Sector San Francisco he leads nearly 620 Active, Reserve, and Civilian Coast Guard men and women operating three Cutters, seven Small Boat Stations, an Aids to Navigation Team, a Vessel Traffic Service, and a Marine Safety Detachment in addition to more than 1,000 Coast Guard Auxiliarists. His area of responsibility spans from the Oregon border to the San Luis Obispo County line as well as much of Nevada, Utah, and parts of Wyoming, and includes over 2,500 miles of shoreline within the San Francisco Bay and its tributaries.
Duties and responsibilities of Sector San Francisco include Captain of the Port, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator.
Captain Taylor Lam is a native of Riverside, CA and enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1996 through the Minority Officer Recruiting Effort (MORE) program (now College Student Pre-commissioning Initiative – CSPI) and graduated from Basic Training in Cape May, NJ. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1998 at New London, CT.
Captain Lam’s previous operational units include service as Deputy Commander of Sector Boston, Commanding Officer of Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) Los Angeles – Long Beach, Command Center and Enforcement Chief at Sector Miami, Detachment Officer-in-Charge (OIC) and plank owner of MSST Seattle, Law Enforcement Detachment OIC at Tactical Law Enforcement Team North, and Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC MUNRO (WHEC-724) in Alameda, CA.
Commander Boris Montatsky currently serves at U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command as the Cyber Effects and Protection Division Chief. In this role, he leads a diverse staff of three
Cyber Protection Teams (CPTs), a Cyber Mission Team (CMT), and a Maritime Cyber Readiness Branch. These elements inform and assess cyber risk across the Maritime Transportation System (MTS) as well as conduct cyberspace operations that prevent and defend against cyber attacks targeting U.S. national interests.
His previous assignments include Assistant Response Department Head and Search and Rescue (SAR) controller at Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee, WI, as well as Cybersecurity Certification & Accreditation Team Lead at the Coast Guard’s Telecommunications Information Systems Command (TISCOM). Commander Montatsky also served as Chief, Centralized Service Desk (CSD), St. Louis, MO. His staff assignments include Chief, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Information Assurance Division for the Assistant Commandant for Intelligence (CG-2), and Chief of the Cyberspace Operations Policy Division under the Assistant Commandant for Capability (CG-7) at Coast Guard Headquarters.
Commander Montatsky earned his commission from the U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School, New London, CT. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management and Information Systems. His postgraduate education includes a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from DePaul University, Chicago, IL, and a Master of Science in Government Information Leadership from the National Defense University, Washington D.C. He also holds numerous professional certifications. Commander Montatsky is a permanent Boat Forces Pin (Pewter) holder and has been awarded several personal and service awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal (3), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal. He is also a 2020 Old Crows Association Military Service Award Winner. Commander Montatsky was born in Minsk, Belarus and immigrated to the United States in 1989 where his family settled in Chicago, IL. He has been married to his wife Karina for 20 years, and they have two sons – Sean (18) and Ethan (14).