Hub Sessions

Hub Sessions

Grid Intelligence

Focusing on a utility’s immune system, this track explores what policies, new tech and initiatives are underway, and how do we implement them more efficiently and effectively? What collaboration and innovation efforts can we leverage to strengthen our distributed, shared risk management approach to enable and ensure the Utilities safety from a potential cyber-attack?

Tue 03 Oct 14:00 to 14:10

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Chairperson:

Bob Lockhart
VP Cybersecurity Technology & Research

Presentation title

Session Introduction

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Tue 03 Oct 14:10 to 14:30

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Presentation title

Defining the problem

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Tue 03 Oct 14:30 to 14:50

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Speakers:

Christopher Helbig
Information Security Consultant

Presentation title

Information Security Certification in Germany: Lessons-learned from the Utility Wild West

Germany made a leap forward in the security certification domain considering that other European nations currently set their policies for the implementation of the NIS Directive. This presentation points out that the step into the unknown has served as an awareness raising campaign in Germany. Policy makers from other European countries can now profit from the lessons-learned.
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Tue 03 Oct 14:50 to 15:10

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Speakers:

Claudie Guyomard
project manager

Presentation title

Data security in the SOLENN project – from the Information System to the consumer point of view

How to facilitate and secure the access to Smart metering services toward reducing the energy demand
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Tue 03 Oct 15:10 to 15:30

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Speakers:

Fiona Williams
Research Director

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Securing communications for utilities in the context of 5G and increasing use of smart meters and renewable energy generation

Security is the key issue for utilities as the reality of successful cyber-attacks and the threat of further attacks grows.  Techniques such as block-chain can be employed as countermeasures to migitate the threats and 5G offers feature to increase the resilience and survivability of the power networks if a cyber-attack has been successful.  This presentation will describe the challenges and the solutions offered by 5G, based on the work of two Ericsson led European Commission funded research and innovation projects.
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Tue 03 Oct 15:30 to 15:50

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Speakers:

Andrea Carcano
Founder and Chief Product Officer

Presentation title

Enabling Utility Modernnization and Efficiency Amid Escalating Cyber Threats

The modernization and connected nature of utilities demands a secure foundation.  Cybersecurity is an essential enabler to ensuring a safe and reliable flow of electricity.  Fortunately, despite escalating cyber-attacks targeting utilities, with the right approach and the application of cutting edge technologies such a machine learning and artificial intelligence, utilities can build a secure and resilient operational infrastructure.
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Tue 03 Oct 15:50 to 16:00

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Presentation title

Coffee Break

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Tue 03 Oct 16:00 to 16:20

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Speakers:

Brecht Wyseur
Security Architect

Presentation title

Lessons from Pay TV: Survival in a Pool of Sharks

Many challenges in the Smart Grid world are challenges that companies in the Digital Television world have faced in the past 30 years. Security companies in the DTV landscape have learned on the job to fight against organized crime. They have learned how to maintain complex systems with different network topologies and many different types of devices, and how to securely manage those devices. Our Smart Grid does not have 30 years of time to learn on the job. We need to learn from mistakes and experiences made. In this presentation, we give an overview of the main challenges and how these can be addressed this though key management design and device lifecycle security, and we link them to current issues in Smart Grid security.
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Tue 03 Oct 16:20 to 16:40

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Speakers:

Thomas Gereke
Senior Management Consultant

Presentation title

Learnings from the implementation of an Information Security Management System (ISMS)

The protection of a power system has different priorities compared to traditional IT environments. In IT, the highest priority is always on confidentiality. In operational technologies, availability is more relevant. A system must be available and system operation must be able to protect systems and humans from harm at any cost. With the merging of operational technology and information technology, power systems are facing increased risks from known and new threats. 
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Tue 03 Oct 16:40 to 17:00

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Speakers:

Adam Gauci
Cybersecurity Program Manager

Presentation title

CyberDefense: A Standards based approach to securing your critical infrastructure

This presentation will describe why Cyber Security is becoming more relevant in today’s utility environment.  It will then go into details about what can be done to help secure a utility’s key infrastructure using standards based approaches for assessing security risk and then using patch management to maintain a good cyber security baseline.
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Tue 03 Oct 17:00 to 17:30

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Moderator:

Bob Lockhart
VP Cybersecurity Technology & Research

Speakers:

Christopher Helbig
Information Security Consultant
Claudie Guyomard
project manager
Brecht Wyseur
Security Architect
Andrea Carcano
Founder and Chief Product Officer

Presentation title

Panel: The Utilities Report

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