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April 1-3, 2025
Hilton University of Houston
Houston, TX

Julio R. Gonzalez

Julio R. Gonzalez

Supervisory Protective Security Advisor- Gulf of Mexico U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Julio R. Gonzalez is currently a Supervisory Protective Security Advisors (SPSA) with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Region 6, assigned to Houston, Texas and responsible for overseen the PSA program in the Gulf of Mexico. Julio is a subject matter expert in critical infrastructure and vulnerability assessments; he has facilitated physical and cyber security assessments and provided security guidance on established best practices to a vast variety of critical infrastructure organizations.

Prior to joining CISA, he served as a Port Security Specialist for the U. S. Coast Guard, Sector Houston-Galveston, responsible for all regional security and recovery plans, exercises, and port risk assessments for critical infrastructure located in Freeport, Galveston, Texas City and Houston, Texas. Previously he served as a Commissioned Officer in the U. S. Coast Guard as a Response Officer specialized in Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, and Search and Rescue.

During his career, Julio has been involved in the planning and execution of a myriad of incident management and security operations. Most recently, in 2017, he served as the Deputy Planning Section Chief during Hurricane Harvey response with the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Houston-Galveston.

Julio holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Education from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University. His awards include the: Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and Coast Guard Civilian Service Commendation Medal. Julio is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and is fully bi-lingual (Spanish/English).