The Lexington Institute is hosting a Cybersecurity of the Electric Grid Capitol Hill Forum on Friday, June 8th at 12pm.
Speakers to date include:
Mr. Bryson Bort, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SCYTHE
Mr. Cade Burks, Chief Digital Officer, Big Data Energy
Mr. Cameron Camp, Security Researcher, ESET
Ms. Constance Douris, Vice President, Lexington Institute
Mr. Pete Fischer, Director, Sierra Nevada Corporation
Mr. Sean M. Griffin, Senior Manager, Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center
Mr. Stewart Kantor, Chief Executive Officer, Full Spectrum
Mr. Robert K. Knake, Senior Research Scientist, Global Resilience Institute
Mr. Jim McCarthy, Senior Security Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Mr. Richard Mroz, Former President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Mr. Bob Pickett, Commissioner, Regulatory Commission of Alaska
Mr. Daniel Riedel, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director, New Context
If a mass power outage were to result from a cyberattack on the electric grid, national security and economic stability would be threatened. This is because hospitals, banks, factories, pipelines, financial networks, water systems, telecommunications and military bases cannot function without electricity.
Ukraine is an example of a country that had to shut down its grid twice due to a cyberattack. Just last year, a virus called Industroyer, also known as “Crash Override,” was discovered that aims to damage equipment on the electric grid by turning off power, creating rolling blackouts or causing physical destruction. This virus is one example of a potential threat to all substations and circuit breakers which are largely standardized across the world.
Operators of the grid need tools to detect and correct malicious threats in networks before they cause serious damage to the electric system and critical infrastructure. Policymakers and industry need to collectively implement effective strategies so that citizens do not have to worry about cyber threats compromising electricity access.
This forum will be a series of ten-minute back-to-back presentations delivered by subject matter experts. Here is a link to a similar event we hosted last year. Please contact Ms. Rathna Muralidharan if you are able to attend on June 8th via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 703-522-5828.
Cybersecurity of the Electric Grid Capitol Hill Forum
Friday, June 8, 2018
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center 201AB
East Capitol Street and 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20003
(Lunch will be served)
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