Next Generation Cyber Security for Utilities

November 16 to 18, 2016 - Washington, DC, USA

Next Generation Cyber Security for Utilities

Cyber Security – Critical Infrastructure Attacks in U.S. threats to the Energy Sector

As reliance on digital technology in the electric grid continues to increase, the security of network assets is more critical than ever. Energy companies and electric utilities have experiences a spike in cyber attacks in the past year. Cyber security is one of the most important policy and technology topics an organization must address. Critical infrastructure for energy and utilities is vital to personal safety, economic growth and national defense. There are new, practical ways to greatly improve the management and execution of enterprise-wide cyber security.

Cyber security is a massive and ever- evolving challenge. To date the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has identified over 60,000 cyber vulnerabilities. And new threats are discovered every day.

Ensuring safe and reliable operation is the fundamental mission of a utility. If controls or communications for grid assets fail, the equipment must continue to operate in a safe, reliable manner, even in non-ideal situations. This is especially important for substations, which are increasingly monitored and managed via remote access.

Attend Next Generation Cyber Security for Utilities, November 16-18, 2016 in Washington, DC to learn new, key and critical issues for the industry and the steps that leading utilities are taking to mitigate the risk of cyber attacks.

Key Topics

  • Understand the landscape of cyber security threats currently facing utilities
  • Preparing for upcoming compliance requirements
  • Analyzing and comparing the capabilities of various cybersecurity defenses
  • Evaluating how to use information sharing to successfully protect the grid from potential cyber and security events
  • Improve management and execution of enterprise-wide cyber security
  • Best practices that any utility organization can implement
  • Identifying strategies to successfully monitor both physical and IR security
  • Identifying which liability protections should be in place for electric utilities to afford necessary protection
  • Evaluating how to integrate the NERC CIP standards into an effective cybersecurity program
  • Evaluating the existing and proposed cybersecurity frameworks, the best practices and what additional measures could be implemented
  • Discussing costs involved with cybersecurity and how to allocate them
  • Reviewing the Smart Grid Cybersecurity Job Performance Model (SGC JPM) and the implications of this model on the smart grid protection
  • Examining new and emerging policy debates in the legislative and executive branches to provide companies insight into potential cybersecurity requirements and obligations
  • Identifying key elements of the Cybersecurity Executive Order framework, development and content
  • Utilizing business-oriented security metrics and measurements

Who Will Attend

Utility company CEOs, CIOs , CSOs, Vice Presidents, Directors and Managers responsible for:

  • Cyber/Information Security
  • Compliance and Regulatory Managers
  • Physical/System Security
  • Heads of Data Management Centers
  • Planning, Governance & Risk Management
  • IT, information and Network Security
  • SCADA/Grid Security or Protection
  • Physical System Security
  • Information Systems
  • Legal and Regulatory