Standing still may give us comfort but if we don’t move forward with new ways to address our challenges we may be lost in our own shadow.
The Energy Sector Security Consortium, Inc. (EnergySec) is a United States 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed to support energy sector organizations with the security of their critical technology infrastructures. Through our membership program, we support collaborative initiatives and projects that help enhance the cybersecurity resiliency of these organizations
Today, our community includes more than 5000 individuals representing more than 500 organizations. The development of the EnergySec information sharing efforts and workforce development remain a key focus areas of EnergySec as it continues to develop programs and other efforts to meet the needs of the energy sector into the future.
The foundation of EnergySec was established over a decade ago as relationships formed between a group of information security, physical security, disaster recovery and business continuity professionals from energy organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Initially, a small group met for lunch to discuss the security challenges they were all facing. The idea was simple, share common security practices for the purpose of learning from each other.
As news spread about the lunch meetings, more people wanted to join and it quickly outgrew the informal setting. EnergySec Northwest, better known as E-Sec NW, was formed in early 2004. An online forum and quarterly meetings were established to give security professionals more time together and better ways to share information with each other.
In 2005, E-Sec NW hosted its first annual summit. The two-day event was a success from the beginning. There was no other meeting of its kind being held at the time. The summit promoted open and honest dialog, creative ideas, and collaborative solutions designed to benefit as many as possible. The summit especially appealed to the “boots on the ground” security practitioners who, prior to this time, had found themselves isolated at their respective organizations.
As interest continued to grow across North America the “northwest” was dropped from the name to embrace the burgeoning role as a national information sharing organization for the energy sector. Attendance at the annual summit continued to grow every year and new relationships developed with product and service vendors, government agencies and academic institutions.