Bernie Cowens is Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In this position, Cowens is responsible for leading company-wide efforts to identify and manage cybersecurity risk to protect PG&E's critical infrastructure and information assets.

Prior to joining PG&E, Cowens was Chief Information Security Officer for First American, where he oversaw all aspects of information security for the company and its global business units. Cowens has held senior security executive positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Experian and the Automobile Club of Southern California. He previously served as the vice president and Chief Information Officer for SafeNet, a global encryption technology manufacturing company.

A former military officer and Special Agent, Cowens has extensive international counterintelligence, counter-terrorism and physical security experience. Cowens completed his military service as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Security Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Los Angeles. He has more than 30 years of security and technology leadership experience, and he holds the CISSP and CISA designations.

Cowens has a bachelor's degree in information systems management from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in management information systems from Bowie State University.