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Utility Cyber Security Virtual Forum 2020

Addressing the unique cyber threats faced by electric, gas and water utilities

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According to recent analysis by KPMG, about half (49%) of power and utility CEOs surveyed say that becoming a victim of a cyber attack is now a case of 'when', and not 'if'. Despite this, only half (51%) say that their organizations are well-prepared to deal with a cyber attack.

The need to protect substations and distribution and transmission infrastructure from cyber attacks is of paramount importance to utilities, as grid SCADA and PLC grid control networks are inherently a weak link for cyber threats.

To help utilities meet this challenge, the Utility Cyber Security Forum on July 21-22, 2020 in Oklahoma City offers a focused venue in which utility executives can network one-on-one with colleagues facing similar issues. Presentations by leading White Hat hackers, vendors, utilities and technology thought leaders will provide invaluable insight and guidance into making the network secure from cyber threat.

Building off the success of the December 2019 program, the interactive format allows for a focused, problem-solving, off-the-record Forum in which utility peers and solution providers can share insights and lessons learned.

100% Online, 100% Interactive

image Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, the Forum will be held virtually in order to maximize the safety of all participants. Powered by Zoom the virtual platform allows for live interaction between speakers and fellow attendees via audio, video, chat and PowerPoint presentation. Attendees have the opportunity to view the attendee list, set up one-to-one video meetings, and network during ample break periods via themed video chat sub-rooms.

Recordings and PDFs of all presentations will be available post-confernece for on-demand viewing by registered participants.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Cyber security as it relates to reliability and system safety
  • Designing defense-in-depth networking strategies
  • Dealing with various protocols in the network (utility protocols, manufacturing protocols, etc.)
  • Data protection
  • Architecting a network security solution to address cyber threats
  • Blockchain applications in a distributed energy scenario
  • Creating a culture of cyber compliance within a utility
  • Holisitc approaches to achieving greater network visibility
  • CIP 13 - vendor management - what does it entail?
  • Integrating natural gas, oil and pipeline industry as it relates to smart grid, SCADA & control systems security
  • Addressing the IT / OT divide
  • Protecting substations and distribution and transmission infrastructure from cyber attacks
  • Dealing with advanced persistent threats that exploit flaws in industrial control systems
  • Cyber security for operational technologies and smart systems
  • Ensuring grid SCADA and PLC grid control networks cyber security
  • What works, what doesn't, and what to put in place
  • Next-gen technology advances for industrial control systems security
  • Best practices in reducing human sources of vulnerability
  • And more

Utility / SCADA / Critical Infrastructure Focus: The forum will zero in on issues of top importance and special relevance to electric utilities in the U.S. -- versus more general enterprise cyber security topics

Objective & Authoritative: The agenda is driven by practitioners and innovators at U.S. utilities and cyber security companies -- learn directly from the experts on the front lines of utility network security

Deep-dive networking: The emphasis is on the real-world case studies, best practices, and lessons learned for individuals at investor-owned, municipal, and co-op utility organizations -- ample time is set aside to meet with solution providers and refine your cyber security strategy

Who Should Attend?

  • Utility executives and network security managers
  • Cyber security and IT / OT professionals
  • Software and hardware technology providers
  • Planning and risk management analysts
  • SCADA and industrial control system managers
  • Cyber seccurity consultants and analysts
  • Executives at energy management service providers


  • Timothy Fawcett, CISSP, CISA, PCIP, AVSE, Director of Cyber Security Consulting, Guernsey
  • Jason Nations, Senior Manager of Enterprise Security (Accountable for all Cyber Security IT & OT), OGE Energy
  • Robin Berthier, Co-Founder and CEO, Network Perception
  • Christopher Blauvelt, Global Enablement Engineer - Operational Technology, Fortinet
  • Sri Nikhil Gourisetti, Ph.D., CISSP, Energy Cybersecurity Research Engineer, and Team Lead - Cyber Systems, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL
  • Joe Weiss, Managing Partner, Applied Control Solutions
  • Ramesh Reddi, Senior Cyber Security Advisor, Protect Our Power
  • Annable Lee, Chief Cybersecurity Specialist, Nevermore Security
  • Liz Escobar, CISSP, CEH, CCNA Security, CSM, IT Manager at Duke Energy, Duke Energy
  • Sri Nikhil Gourisetti, Ph.D., CISSP, Energy Cybersecurity Research Engineer, and Team Lead - Cyber Systems, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL

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Event details
Organizer : SGO
Event type : Webinar
Reference : ASDE-22163