14th Annual Security
& Compliance Summit
& Compliance Summit
Physical and Cyber Resilience on the Energy Grid
The presentation will begin by briefly immersing the audience with a visual and descriptive analysis of significant past and present physical and cyber threats to the energy grid before reinforcing the need for building resilience into not only grid infrastructure but corporate infrastructure as well. To emphasize the importance of this need, specific examples will be offered where damage was mitigated by building resilience into the grid to withstand catastrophic events. The discussion will then shift slightly to explore some of the driving motivations behind threat actors (namely Russia and China) activities with regard to cyber warfare and how the activities we see today fit into the publicly stated intentions and goals of these entities. Tying into this, the discussion will then explore what may be potentially uncommon threats that have the capacity to create far greater problems than attendees may realize. In conclusion, the presentation will advocate a proactive and aggressive approach to planning for emergency and catastrophic events in which planners should view planning from a different perspective at all points, including the pre-planning phase, event activities phase and post-recovery and reconstitution phases.
Currently the Senior Advisor for Energy issues to the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Ronald Keen is a distinguished and decorated retired Air Force officer with an extensive background in intelligence, as well as ballistic missile and space systems operations. After retiring from the Air Force, Ron briefly worked developing and testing next generation satellite command and control systems before taking a position as a Division Director with the Indiana State government where he directed a staff of economists, accountants, engineers, analysts and lawyers researching issues within the utility regulatory environment. Retiring after an illustrious career and having personally provided over 150 instances of expert written and oral testimony before local, state and Federal regulatory bodies on energy and telecommunication issues, Ron accepted the opportunities and challenges of his current position. A published author of science fiction novels, Ron is a graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Masters in Aeronautical Science and earned his Bachelors at the University of Texas Southwest. He is married to the former Susan Boyll and is the father of five children.