Distribution Security Forum

Join us in Washington, DC!
March 22-23, 2018

The Distribution Security Forum is a conference focused on security issues in power distribution systems. This event will focus on improving security for the electric distribution infrastructure. Join us in Washington, DC, March 22nd and 23rd, for discussion panels, distribution presentations, and networking with peers facing similar threats.

The Ukraine attacks and other recent developments have highlighted the need to improve security for electric distribution infrastructure that is not covered by the CIP standards. With advancing technology, cyber attacks against electric distribution systems, advanced metering infrastructures, microgrids, and distributed energy resources are presenting an increasing risk.

Who should attend?

  • Utility security leadership and staff
  • Utility distribution operations leadership and staff
  • Utility operational technology support
  • Product vendors that provide products for distribution, metering, micrograms, or distribution energy resources
  • State regulatory and/or energy officials and staff
  • Security solutions providers
  • Engineering and consulting firms supporting electric distribution systems
  • Interested individuals from trade organizations, research and policy organizations, national labs, and academia

Registration Fee:

Non Member Early Bird Member
$395.00 $295.00 $195.00


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 Day 1

Start Time End Time Event
8:00 AM 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM 9:30 AM Opening Keynote
9:30 AM 10:30 AM Panel – Utility representatives
10:30 AM 11:00 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM 11:30 AM Presentation
11:30 AM 12:00 PM Presentation
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Solutions Panel
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Networking Break
3:00 PM 3:30 PM Presentation
3:30 PM 5:00 PM Panel – State Authorities
5:00 PM 6:30 PM Reception and Networking

 Day 2

Start Time End Time Event
8:00 AM 9:00 AM Breakfast Registration and Networking
9:00 AM 9:45 AM Keynote Address
9:45 AM 10:30 AM Presentation
10:30 AM 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM 11:30 AM Presentation
11:30 AM 12:00 PM Presentation

We are looking for knowledgeable individuals who can passionately and effectively share their subject matter expertise, real life experiences, solutions, and concerns with attendees at our 2018 conferences. For the Distribution Security Forum, we are seeking speakers and panelists that can address technical and policy issues related to the security of electric power distribution systems.

This event is intended to bring together policy makers, leaders, and technical staff from utilities throughout North America to discuss security issues and solutions for electric distribution systems and related technologies, including microgrids, advanced entering infrastructures, and distributed energy resources. Both individual presentations and panelists are sought for this event. Potential topics include:


  • Case studies and demonstration projects for cybersecurity
  • Vulnerabilities and attack scenarios
  • Policy Frameworks for Cybersecurity
  • Best Practices and Architectural Models
  • Security Management, Vulnerability Assessments, and Penetration Testing


  • Perspectives of State Regulators and Energy Officials
  • Insights from Trade Organizations
  • Utility Leadership: Strategic Directions
  • Utility Staff: Stories from the Front Lines

For more information, or to submit a speaking proposal, contact us at cfs@energysec.org.

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