Mr. Gilbert is Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Duke Energy, a Fortune 125 industry leader in every stage of the energy business. In this role he provides strategic and operational leadership for the corporate-wide cybersecurity program. Since joining Duke Energy in 2018, he has directed the cybersecurity engineering, operations, intelligence, and mitigation initiatives to protect information assets and the critical energy infrastructure delivering electricity and natural gas to approximately eight million customers.

Mr. Gilbert’s professional experience includes a distinguished 20-year military career in the U.S. Air Force, two years of federal Senior Executive Service in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and more than 14 years as an Executive in the private sector. Prior to his current role, Mr. Gilbert was the first VP/CISO at the Exelon Corporation; the Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity to the Department of Defense’s Chief Information Officer; and a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton where he provided a complete suite of cybersecurity solutions to clients. In 2005, Mr. Gilbert retired from the Air Force, where he held key leadership positions in many national-priority programs involving cybersecurity, cyberspace operations, information warfare, satellite communications, and electronic warfare.

In 2018, Mr. Gilbert was appointed by the Secretary of Defense as a member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, a Federal Advisory Committee that provides independent advice on matters of science and technology relating to the Air Force mission. Mr. Gilbert also holds key positions on the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Science & Technology Executive Advisory Committee; Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC) Cyber Mutual Assistance Executive Committee; American Gas Association (AGA) - Leadership Council, and the Analysis & Resilience Center’s (ARC) Energy Risk Committee. He holds a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems from Louisiana Tech University, and a M.S. degree in Systems Management from the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.