You could almost make the argument that Bill Bryan has built his entire career as a microcosm of his plan for the U.S.’ electric infrastructure. In this exclusive interview with former Power Grid Resilience Chairperson William “Bill” Bryan, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration at the Department of Energy, and current President of VB Energy Group, you'll see a detailed profile on the importance of public/private partnerships, the ever-evolving industry changes brought on by the CIP-14, and more.
While nuclear, chemical and biological threats make for headline news, they are not among the greatest hazards faced by utility companies. They're focused on incidents that are more highly likely to occur instead - those caused by natural disasters or inclement weather. Consequences vary greatly, as do the criticality of the components at stake. The experts at the Power Grid Resilience event will touch on the threat landscape and offer advice on resolving their potentially crippling effects.
Addressing the vulnerability of the power grid before terrorists do has become a hot topic – every day in the press, in whitepapers, in utilities across America. With huge regulation changes on the horizon, many utilities are wondering how it will affect them.
Watch the exclusive interview with Jon Wellinghoff, Immediate Past Chairman of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a formidable expert in this subject to get his take on recent events.
During this 13 minute video, you will learn Jon’s insights on:
- What major steps the utility industry still need to take
- How the new standards from NERC are progressing
- Why microgrids are something that are an integral part of making the whole system more resilient
- How will these policy changes affect the utilities
- And much more
In this interview, former Power Grid Resilience speaker Richard Wernsing, Manager of Asset Strategy and Electric at Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), discusses how to conduct systemic and local analysis to evaluate equipment critically, how to protect key assets, and how to stay aware of potential threats - both deliberate and natural - through the hardening of critical infrastructure.
Take a look at the energy, security, resiliency and advanced technology experts who attended the last iteration of the Power Grid Resilience summit. Will you be there this year?
Before a previous iteration of Power Grid Resilience, we sat down with Christopher Peters, Vice President, NERC/Critical Infrastructure Protection Compliance at Entergy to discuss the implication of the CIP-014, which at the time, was already causing marked changes throughout the industry.
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CenterPoint Energy can be lauded for many things; chief among them for its Corporate Response Plan. Robert Martinez, the Manager of Risk Control & Business Continuity at CenterPoint, details how their Emergency Operating Procedure allows them to go above and beyond normal capabilities in the event of an issue, how to run the most relevant tests and how their strategy continues to evolve through discussing the findings from drills and tabletops.
The safety and security of national critical infrastructure is currently of paramount concern for many nation states, as operators and organisations scramble to both secure their existing assets from a new range of threats, while at the same time invest in new developments which can boost economic growth. Cybersecurity issues in particular have emerged as the dominant factor in many Western nations’ homeland security posturing in recent years, dominating much of the new response planning and impacting on how private operators fit into overall defensive frameworks.
The security of utilities infrastructure has always been important for governments and operating authorities alike, particularly after the events of the early 21st century. Yet now more than ever, there is renewed emphasis for protection as a result of the way in which cyber security issues have come to dominate new security thinking and planning in this sector.
Take a look at the current executives attending the 5th Power Grid Resilience Summit!
WESCO Technical Teams are a key value-add for WESCO customers that include product category and industry specific experts. See how in the real world, our experts find the problem, build a solution, and secure the result.
This in-depth report will guide you through an overview of cybersecurity and operational technology as well as a multitude of statistics revolving around different types of attacks. Also inside, is a case study from Anixter regarding a nuclear power plant operator upgrading their security perimeter.
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Dr. Erfan Ibrahim is the Center Director for Cyber-Physical Systems Security & Resilience R&D at the National Renewable Energy Lab.
- The industry best practices for creating a secure architecture for industrial control systems
- Strategies to limit hacker sphere of influence
- How to keep good network hygiene to best utilize new technology and information systems
- Resiliency tools from NREL that enable industry leaders to create a more reliable and secure electric grid
- Why electric grid security and resilience is such a high priority topic in the United States
The Security Oracle Inc.’s Artificial Intelligence Security Appliance is a Game-Changer for Grid Resilience Teaming with Bosch Security Systems, Inc. and Gallagher Security, The Security Oracle Inc. (TSO) promotes defense-in-depth best practices for protecting critical assets and transforms physical security from passive detection to real-time situational awareness and accelerated response to demobilize intruders with non-lethal actuators, i.e. directed high intensity sound, lights, and strobes.
One of the liveliest topics of discussion considers the widespread segregation of IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology) departments, and the prospects for convergence. Traditional management of both sides are now appearing to be outdated, as IT is no longer restricted to back-office business and OT is no longer living in a bubble of SCADA and distribution management systems. The velocity of change in the technological environment has been pushing the two ‘sides’ together, and most importantly, the threats emerging in the cyber security space are forcing them to collaborate with increasing urgency.
The electric power transmission and distribution system (the grid) is a critical and extraordinarily complex part of the nation’s infrastructure. The National Academy of Engineering called the grid the world’s largest integrated machine and a central part of the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century—electrification of modern society. Reliable electricity service is essential to health, welfare, national security, communication, and commerce. Because of its scale, geographic reach, and complexity, however, the grid also poses many security challenges in maintaining reliable operation. Furthermore, more than 90 percent of the U.S. power grid is privately owned and regulated by the states, making it challenging for the federal government to address potential vulnerabilities to its operation, and perhaps especially its vulnerability to terrorist attack. This report, prepared by a committee of dedicated experts assembled by the National Research Council (NRC), addresses those vulnerabilities and how they can be reduced.
A report courtesy of the Lexington Institute gives an insight into the technologies that are being interconnected and integrated onto the nation’s electric grid to decrease weaknesses. However, these physical and computerized elements multiply the number of access points for cyber risks, making protection of the grid challenging. If done correctly, sharing cyber threat information eliminates the chances for one cyber threat or attack to affect multiple stakeholders. In theory, one entity identifies a cyber threat or attack and shares the collected information with public and private sector partners. The intelligence is then applied to protect these partners’ networks. The intent is for data and systems to become more secure and less prone to cyber attacks when intelligence and resources are shared among many stakeholders. Without data sharing, it is almost impossible to detect, defend and contain systemic attacks early. While sharing cyber threat data sounds easy, it is complicated by legal, operational and privacy issues. Download this report to learn the latest in power grid cyber threats.
In this presentation, Petter Fiskerud, Program Manager Power Transformer Resiliency, ABB, talks about adding advanced intelligence systems to substations to allow for an unparalleled ability to detect and minimize substation faults and security concerns. It also allows human operators the ability to make more informed decisions, faster. This presentation dives into how substation automation is reshaping the face of utilities.
This exclusive eBook gives an insight into the integration of cyber and physical technologies. Specifically, this focuses in on the top business drivers for integration, the top three priorities among utilities executives, the latest developments, ongoing security projects, a physical and cybersecurity strategy outlook and more. We have additionally included recommendations from established industry experts with solutions for implementing both cyber and physical security strategies. Download this eBook to learn the latest strategies for power grid security convergence.
In this interview with Mary Doswell, the former Senior Vice President of Dominion Resources Inc., discusses:
- The benefits and costs of convergence
- The cyber vulnerabilities most present within power grids
- How remote capabilities can be improved
- How to strengthen cybersecurity programs
- What the future of power grids will look like, especially with the inclusion of renewables
In this interview with Michael Gonzalez, the Sr. Physical Security IT Systems Administrator for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., discusses:
- How to improve end point protection and unmanned stations
- Up-and-coming technologies
- The largest challenges in preparing power grids against natural disasters
- The new physical and cyber threats in 2018
This article, courtesy of Senstar, discusses the many benefits of using hybrid perimeter intrusion detection and lighting solutions to protect critical assets.
Having both lighting and intrusion detection systems working in parallel is a great security duo. But, what if perimeter intrusion detection was built-in to the lighting system and could be used to control it – deterring would-be intruders by eliminating the cover of darkness while detecting and locating those that aren’t deterred? A hybrid intrusion detection/lighting system means only one system to install, maintain and manage, considerably saving time, reducing complexity, and lowering costs. It also means more control over operation, enabling the lighting to react to the site's current security status. To learn more, download this infomative article.