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Cyber Threats to the Grid

Friday May 1, 2009 Presented by Energy Central
Your City

A discussion of what utilities, transmission grid operators, state and federal regulators and public policy makers can and must do to secure the grid for the 21st century.


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Location: Your City,
Venue: Your Office
Event Price: 125.00 (US)

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Energy Central
Contact Name: PJ Davis
Phone: 303-782-5510

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Webinar: Cyber Threats to the Grid

Electricity Grid in U.S. Left Vulnerable

"Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials. The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls."
Front page, Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2009 by Siobhan Gorman

Speaker Bio's

In this hour-long Webinar utility professionals will learn:
How should you interpret this latest news from the
   Wall Street Journal?
Will your smart grid projects impede or assist your
   grid security efforts — and are there adjustments
   you should make?
Are there security scenarios that you have
What local, regional, and national solutions should
   you turn to?


In this hour-long Webinar solutions providers will learn:
How are utilities interpreting this latest news from the
   Wall Street Journal?
Will smart grid projects impede or assist grid security 
   efforts — and what are the implications on your 
Can your solutions play an unexpected role in   
   improving security?
What role will the government continue to play in grid 
   security projects — and how will you be affected?

The Wall Street Journal broke a startling story about grid security a few days ago. Attacks on the grid have always been of concern, but the news went far beyond what the utilities expected — the grid might already be compromised by foreign government spies intent on crippling our economy and nation. 

As your trusted publications for timely information, analysis, and research on energy issues, EnergyBiz and Intelligent Utility magazines bring to you a Webinar: Cyber Threats to the Grid

What was once an important, but slow-leaking concern is now a paramount national security issue. The Obama Administration is releasing its "Cyber Security Review" and the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology is actively questioning the industry's state of readiness to prevent and react to cyber threats to the energy grid. 

Don't miss this chance to learn more about this emerging and important issue.


Topic: Cyber Threats to the Grid

Date: May 1, 2009

Time: 1:00 pm ET

Cost: $125.00

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More Grid Security News on Energy Central:

Industry in Transition
  (Jan/Feb 2009 issue
   of Intelligent Utility)

Strengthening Cyber Security
  (Nov/Dec 2008 issue
   of EnergyBiz)

The Sheriff of Smart Grid
  (Nov/Dec 2008 issue
   of EnergyBiz)

Overcoming Obstacles to Transmission
  (Nov/Dec 2008 issue
   of EnergyBiz)

May/June issue of Intelligent Utility:
• SCADA Now Adds 
  Security Challenges 
• AMI Lockdown: SCE 
  Moves to Secure its 
  End-User Connections

A Webinar Featuring:
Michael Chertoff — former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and federal prosecutor

On February 15, 2005, Judge Michael Chertoff was sworn in as the second Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. 

Chertoff formerly served as United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Secretary Chertoff was previously confirmed by the Senate to serve in the Bush Administration as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. As Assistant Attorney General, he helped trace the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the al-Qaida network, and worked to increase information sharing within the FBI and with state and local officials.

Before joining the Bush Administration, Chertoff was a Partner in the law firm of Lat
ham & Watkins. From 1994 to 1996, he served as Special Counsel for the U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee.

Prior to that, Chertoff spent more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, including service as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. As United States Attorney, Chertoff investigated and prosecuted several significant cases of political corruption, organized crime, and corporate fraud.

Chertoff graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1975 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1978. From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.

Garry Brown — Chairman, New York Public Service Commission

Mr. Brown has nearly 30 years of experience in the public, private and not-for-profit energy and electricity sectors, including previously holding a position as Senior Policy Analyst for the former New York State Energy Office, which had been charged with developing a sustainable and sound energy policy and promoting energy efficiency, while protecting the environment and fostering economic development.

Mr. Brown sits on the board of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) which oversees NARUC’s general and financial functions and approves policy resolutions. He is chair of NARUC’s Committee on Electricity, which develops and advances policies that promote reliable, adequate, and affordable supply of electricity. Through strong collaboration with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and related Federal agencies, the Electricity Committee also seeks ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of regulation through education, cooperation, and exchange of information. 

Mr. Brown serves on the NARUC-Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Smart Grid Collaborative, which serves as an important forum for discussing technological and other issues to facilitate the transition to a smart electric grid. He is a member of the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Mr. Brown received his B.A. from State University College at Plattsburgh and his Masters of Public Administration from the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs at the State University of New York at Albany.

Michael Assante — Chief Security Officer, North American Electric Reliability Corp.

Michael J. Assante is Vice President and Chief Security Officer of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. In this position, Mr. Assante has formally established Critical Infrastructure Protection as one of NERC's program functions and serves as the single point of contact for the industry, NERC's Electric Sector Steering Group, and government stakeholders seeking to communicate with NERC on cyber and infrastructure security matters. 

Prior to joining NERC in September, 2008, Mr. Assante held a strategic leadership position at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Labs (INL) as a widely recognized expert and visionary in the fields of security and infrastructure protection. Prior to this role, Mr. Assante was a vice president and Chief Security Officer at American Electric Power, one of the largest generators of electric power in the U.S. Mr. Assante served as a sitting member of the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency of the United States.

Alan Paller — Director of Research, SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) Institute

Alan is the director of research for the SANS Institute, responsible for projects ranging from the Internet Storm Center (the Internet's early warning system with 500,00 sensors around the world) to the Top Ten Security Menaces of the coming year. He also edits NewsBites, the twice-a-week summary of the most important news stories in security. But he says his most satisfying responsibility is finding people who have solved important security problems and helping others learn about the people and their discoveries.

Alan earned degrees in computer science and engineering from Cornell and MIT. He wrote hundreds of articles on computer graphics, EIS and computer security, and authored two books, The EIS Book: Information Systems for Top Managers and How to Give the Best Presentation of Your Life.

In 2001 the President named Alan as one of the original members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, and in 2005 the Federal CIO Council chose him as its Azimuth Award winner recognizing his singular vision and outstanding service to federal information technology.