Town Hall Meeting
Registration is now open for our EnergySec Town Hall. This webinar will feature a town hall format, welcoming questions and discussion from all attendees where we will look at ways that organizations inside and outside the industry can work together to strengthen security in our industry.
The Zoom platform for this webinar is being graciously provided by Archer, register at the link below to reserve your seat.
The topic of cybersecurity for smaller utilities has been gaining prominence over the last several years. What has and is being done to grow and support cyber defense capabilities in this industry segment? What challenges remain to be tackled? What opportunities and pitfalls might lie ahead? We will hear from individuals that have been on the front lines of this issue and solicit input from Town Hall attendees to gain a broader perspective on the topic.
Critical infrastructure sector owners, operators, and supervisors are part of an evolving operating environment that has proved to be beneficial with more advanced technology investment, but also challenging because of looming asymmetrical and sophisticated threats – cyber and physical in nature. Not one single entity can manage such complexity alone, because of the interdependencies and overall gaps in capacity. Therefore, it is vital that critical infrastructure stakeholders understand and appreciate this changing risk landscape and build resilient strategies to reduce the negative consequences.
Over the course of 2019, Toffler Associates helped NYPA and other New York State (NYS) critical infrastructure stakeholders establish a collaborative partnership amongst each other for the security and resilience of the NYS power grid. This presentation will provide an overview of the efforts, key milestones, and value for utility providers of any size across the U.S.
2:00pm – 2:45pm:
Presentation 2 - Using Joint Action to stand up an assessment program for small and medium public power utilities
Carter Manucy from Florida Municipal Power Authority (FMPA) will discuss shared services models being deployed through Hometown Connections to provide security assessments and similar services to small public power entities.
Resource constraints create inherent limitations to the extent of capabilities that can be internally developed at smaller utilities. In contrast, many large utilities have built comprehensive cybersecurity capabilities across a broad range of disciplines. In what ways might larger utilities provide assistance to smaller utilities? Can collaboration between organizations of different sizes strengthen all parties? These questions and more will be discussed in this panel along with questions and ideas from Town Hall participants.
Prior to joining the NYISO, Matt held senior IT leadership roles at healthcare and financial services organizations, and he began his career as a member of the United States Army Signal Corps, serving at various locations throughout the world.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Management from the State University of New York, and a Master of Science in Technology Management from the University of Maryland.
AECC is a Generation and Transmission Cooperative, serving seventeen (17) Electric Distribution Cooperatives that provide power to over half a million homes, farms, and businesses across two-thirds of the State of Arkansas.
His responsibilities include cyber and physical security as well as leadership on CIP compliance efforts.
He is active in security and reliability working groups at both regional and national levels.
He believes collaboration within the industry is an important aspect of securing the reliability of the Bulk Electric System.