Fundamentals of Cyber Security for Utilities
December 11-12, 2019 | Houston, TX
Like other parts of critical infrastructure, utilities face advancing cyber security threats to their corporate and field environments. Regulators, such as NERC and FERC, have mandated in their jurisdictions that these threats be addressed ultimately through compliance with NERC CIP requirements. However, because of the complex nature of control systems, utility cyber security programs face much greater challenges in providing needed cyber security controls for BES Cyber Assets (BCA) and BES Cyber Systems (BCS). Further complicating the situation are newer digital components being implemented that are challenging many preconceived notions of how technology is used in power generation and delivery.
As the options for access and control become more complicated, cyber security becomes more important to the overall safety of the environment. Threats are rapidly evolving, and the industry is struggling to balance asset availability with cyber security to keep malicious actors at bay. Regulators continue to refine their guidance, and the industry is racing to keep up. Notwithstanding growing questions and concerns from Utility Boards of Directors over cyber security, each audit of compliance requirements yields new insight into regulator concerns over cyber security in the energy industry.
This course is an in-depth introduction to cyber security issues facing utilities today. It is meant as a primer to give the necessary background for all staff to understand the concepts and complexities of cyber security and compliance with NERC CIP Standards.
- Review current value at risk from cyber security threats facing electric utilities
- Analyze cyber threats and vulnerabilities
- Define, assess, and manage security risk for smart grid
- Discuss NERC CIP, key implementation strategies, and current events
- Discuss the convergence of IT and cyber security departments, internal and external communication strategies and building cross-functional teams
- Discuss practical techniques for risk management and data protection
- Articulate holistic cyber security program strategies focused on prevention
EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.
Requirements for Successful Completion of Program
Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.
This course will use PowerPoint presentations and group discussions.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Threats to Energy Infrastructure – Understanding the Cyber Threat Landscape and Value at Risk
- Introduction to cyber attacks and defenses
- Current cyber security threats facing electric utilities
- Common vulnerabilities and consequences
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Continuation of Value at Risk: Threats to Energy Infrastructure
- Threat impacts to control systems
- Upcoming cyber security challenges for utilities
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Security of Smart Grids: How Cyber Security is Affecting its Future
- Defining, assessing, and managing security risks affecting smart grid
- Compliance and distribution systems
- NIST standards
- Existing standards and those in development
- Practical impacts to utility cyber security practices
- Cyber threats and vulnerabilities to communication networks
- Field maintenance and test equipment
- Wide Area Network communications
- Field communication with Internal IT assets
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: NERC CIP: Implementation and Preparing for Subsequent Versions
- Definition and review of the current version of NERC CIP and key differences from previous versions
- Introduction and description for each of the NERC CIP standards
- Review of common violations and root causes
Thursday, December 12, 2019
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. :: Continuation of NERC CIP Discussion and Resolving Implementation Challenges
- Brief coverage of the regulatory landscape around NERC CIP
- Discuss key factors of each NERC CIP version along with implementation strategies
- Identify what to expect from future NERC CIP versions
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Integrating Cyber Security Across the Utility
- Internal cyber security strategy
- Cyber Security integration across the utility
- Cross-functional teams
- Roles and responsibilities
- End-to-end cyber security from back office to core business
12:00 p.m. :: Course Adjourns
Rob Schuler, Cyber Strategy Manager, Accenture Security
Mr. Schuler is a Cyber Security Strategy Manager and Technical Thought Leader with Accenture Security in the United States. He has 20 years of cyber security risk management and systems security engineering experience across multiple industries. Over this period, he has become a recognized expert in cyber security guidance for utility control systems.
Mr. Schuler has key expertise in helping clients to define their needs and translate them into actionable program goals. He has a strong history of identifying and unifying technical teams of diverse backgrounds and delivering program excellence.
Mr. Schuler’s industry outreach activities have included frequent speaking engagements delivering control system cyber security courses and speaking on industry panels, where his technical knowledge and interactive style is helping key industry participants reach a shared understanding of cyber security threats, compliance standards, and how to build secure, best-practice architectures while meeting compliance objectives.
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