To help utilities meet this challenge, the Utility Cyber Security Forum on December 11, 2019 offers a focused venue in which utility executives will be discussing cyber threats facing the industry.
The need to protect substations and distribution and transmission infrastructure from cyber attacks is of paramount importance to utilities, as grid SCADA and PLC grid control networks are inherently a weak link for cyber threats.Presentations by leading White Hat hackers, vendors, utilities and technology thought leaders will provide invaluable insight and guidance into making the network secure from cyber threat.

Join us for the sessions below! 

A Utility Perspective on Cyber Security: Effective Policies, Planning and Incident Response

Individual attacks and cyber warfare tactics highlight the importance of critical infrastructure investments that will strengthen information security, build resiliency into operations, and encourage IT and OT collaboration in a technology-driven environment. This panel will feature several utility cyber security executives sharing their unique perspectives on effective corporate policies and planning in cyber security and incident response and recovery for the energy and utility sector.

Moderated by Scott Crider, a manager on our cybersecurity and incident response team, the panel will explore best practices and share real world examples for what works and what to avoid when it comes to preparing for and responding to cyber attacks from an E&U perspective. 

Takeaways will include:

  • Explore new threat vectors in the space and how to take a defense-in-depth approach that secures a utility’s communication infrastructure
  • Viability of alternative responses to cyber breaches
  • Best practices - data protection vs. resiliency?
  • New approaches for response and recovery

Panel participants

  • Northern Indiana Public Service Co. 
  • Exelon Corporation
  • West Monroe Partners

Modernizing Infrastructure and Securing IT/OT Systems & Data

The energy sector has a significant opportunity for innovation as new connected technologies are integrated into the generation, transmission, and distribution processes; the rise in deployments of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has set the stage for a highly interconnected, reliable, and responsive energy grid. However, the challenge of securing existing grid resources against cyber vulnerabilities created by new technologies is just as significant; this level of increasing interconnectivity has simultaneously made the grid more vulnerable to cyber-attacks than ever before.
Given the mounting security threats to the existing grid, having an appropriate strategy in place to maintain resilient operations through a cyberattack has become paramount. Guaranteeing safe and reliable electricity and gas delivery to customers requires a cybersecurity strategy beyond just compliance with current regulatory guidelines. 

Takeaways will include: 

  • Why Operational Technology (OT) may be your Cybersecurity Achilles’ Heel
  • Grid Modernization Cyber Assessment/Readiness
  • Telecom does more than transport data; it can help support the organization’s security posture



Date and Time: 

December 11, 2019 
Registration opens at 8:00 AM CT


Michigan Avenue Conference Center
444 North Michigan Ave. Suite 1200,
Chicago, IL, 60611

Register below, we hope to see you there!