EnergySec CEO to Discuss “Smart Grid Security, Past, Present and Future” in Online Conference on Thursday, August 9

July 31, 2012 Chicago

Smart grid security has led the charge in the realization of needed security within many areas of critical infrastructure. This need has intensified over recent years in light of several high-profile breaches of critical infrastructure security, and has added new impetus to the drive to secure the emerging smart grid.

In a panel discussion in the Smart Grid Security Virtual Summit on August 9, Patrick Miller – Principal Investigator at the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization and President / CEO of EnergySec – will examine the challenges currently faced by the industry, where the smart grid security market is going and growing, and what is needed in the future. Panelists will discuss the state of regulation, compliance and real security, as well as the unique challenges in protecting Intellectual Property in smart grid and critical infrastructure security systems. Attention will be given to the notion of “securing smart” and why the smart grid is just the beginning of securing many smart systems and processes.

Joining Mr. Miller will be Bob Lockhart, Senior Research Analyst at Pike Research; Theodore Wood, Director at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox; and Larry Karisny, Director at ProjectSafety and a noted utility industry security expert.

“This panel brings together a nice range of perspectives and a remarkable depth of expertise,” says Daniel Coran, program manager for the Virtual Summit.  “The audience is in for a very provocative and energizing conversation indeed.”

Mr. Miller’s session is one of several in the full-day, 100% online Virtual Summit, which brings together a range of top utility practitioners and security experts to discuss the very latest technology advances, lessons learned, and future strategies for securing the evolving electric grid. Speakers in addition to Mr. Miller include:

  • Ward P. Pyles, Senior Security Analyst, The Southern Company
  • William Souza, Manager – Security Integration, Reliability Services, PJM Interconnection
  • Alan Rivaldo, Cyber Security Analyst, Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • John Stewart, Specialist Engineer, Power Control Systems, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • William Lawrence, Chief Technologist, Energy & Cyber Security, Lockheed Martin
  • Bob Lockhart, Senior Research Analyst, Pike Research
  • Theodore A. Wood, Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
  • Larry Karisny, Director, ProjectSafety
  • Phil Smith, President and Chief Technology Officer, TLC Secure
  • Rajeev Bhargava, CEO and Founder, Decision-Zone

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Detecting and mitigating Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
  • Information integration across platforms to address security vulnerabilities
  • Achieving genuine security, versus mere compliance
  • Implementing security solutions across a diverse multi-state environment
  • Utility-presented case studies and key lessons learned to date
  • Latest updates: what regulators want to know from utilities regarding cyber security
  • Best practices for addressing critical vulnerability points in the organization
  • Future technology and market trends in smart grid cyber security
  • The current state of intrusion detection systems: addressing weak points
  • Security issues surrounding cloud computing, Big Data, and the smart grid
  • Securing the end-to-end smart grid ecosystem across systems and suppliers
  • Latest enabling technology applications and developments

Attendees at the Virtual Summit may access recordings of each presentation (audio + PowerPoint) for up to 3 months after the event.  Live interaction with speakers is handled via conference call and text chat after each session.

“The online format makes it easy, convenient, and cost-effective to attend anywhere in the world,” Coran adds.  “Based on prior Virtual Summits produced by The Smart Grid Observer, we expect this to be a lively and thought-provoking discussion of the issues.”

Guests, colleagues, and clients of EnergySec are entitled to a special 20% discount off the regular registration rate.  To receive this discount, individuals should enter the discount code: “ESEC” when registering.

For full information and to register for the Smart Grid Security Virtual Summit, visit:

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