Cybersecurity for the Hyperconnected Smart Grid

Grid ready trojans, hacks and malware - with increasing digitisation of the energy grid, integration of IT/OT (and not to mention things connected to the internet), cybersecurity is quite the hot topic. In this track we explore new approaches to cybersecurity enabling end to end security.

Live Webinars

Smart Grid Security - How big is the problem?

Broadcast Date: Fri 22 Apr 13:00 UTC


What are the main vulnerabilities in Smart Grid? Who are the key industry players? And what are the principal challenges?




  • David B. Coher

    Principal, Reliability and Cybersecurity
  • George Gilka

    Security Advisor
  • Philipp Irschik

    Executive Advisor to the Board of Directors (WEC FEL-100)
  • Sophia de Francesco

    Content & Programme Manager


The roles played by electricity stakeholders have dramatically shifted in the last twenty years. The unbinding of the value chain, the evolution of vendors and technologies; and the entry of prosumers and distributed generation.

These changes have created new security implications and responsibilities for all stakeholders in the pursuit of resilience of the electric power grid. This session will cover key themes including:

  • The new vulnerabilities in smart grid
  • Questions of responsibility - people, processes, technology
  • Changing use cases & challenges for the smart grid



In this session our senior speaker will share their knowledge around the cyber security needed for the smart grid and how big the problem is?



Smart Grid Security - Preparing for the inevitable

Broadcast Date: Thu 28 Apr 13:00 UTC


Prevent, protect, detect, monitor and respond to cyber threats affecting critical infrastructure




  • Alex Campbell

    Director | EMEIA Advisory Centre – Cyber Security
  • Nuno Medeiros

    Critical Information Cybersecurity Officer
  • Omer Schneider

    CEO and Co-Founder
  • Sophia de Francesco

    Content & Programme Manager


Cyber attacks (and cybercrime) are on the increase and the energy sector is an important target with two-thirds of organizations have experienced at least one disruptive cybersecurity incident.

The security of grid is critical and this is reflected by the plethora of threat monitoring, detection and protection technologies, and security management capabilities available.

In this session we discuss key points including:

  • Feedback loops - Embracing the white hat movement
  • Protocols, Standards & Safety nets with "IP Everywhere"
  • Resilience in scale - on the path to collaboration

 

This webinar will give you a better understanding on the security requirements for the hyperconnected smart grid by pulling on experiences and insights from our senior industry panelists.



Smart Grid Security - Rethinking the problem

Broadcast Date: Wed 04 May 13:00 UTC


What lessons have we learnt? Is there a need for evolution? How to prepare for dynamic threats?




  • Carol L. Stimmel

    Chief Analyst
  • Eli Mahal

    Vice President Marketing
  • Raj Samani

    Vice President and CTO of EMEA
  • Sophia de Francesco

    Content & Programme Manager


With the exploitation of new cost-effective operational concepts, the use of digital technologies and the IP-ing of things, the risk of cyber-attacks against energy infrastructure is a  reality.

Also the nature, frequency and destination of attacks is changing questioning the current thinking around grid security. In this session we attempt to rethink the problem by addressing key themes including:

  • Lessons learnt - Live hacks planned and unplanned
  • “Free radicals” - examples of the real world
  • Re-imagining the solution - evolving with and preparing for dynamic threats

We dissect the connected touch points in the energy value chain in this webinar, discussing how grid actors can stay safe in an ever evolving digital space.



How Safe & Secure are Battery Energy Storage Systems?

Broadcast Date: Fri 06 May 10:00 UTC


What are the challenges in ensuring the growing Battery Energy Storage technologies remain exciting and advantageous, but also remain 'Safe & Secure' by using internationally recognised standards written to ensure the safety and cyber-security of the systems we depend on?




  • Andrew Derbyshire

    Principle Safety Engineer
  • Rakesh Bali

    Consultant - Smart Energy
  • Rianne ’t Hoen

    Technical Professional, New Energy Technologies
  • Tony Boswell

    Senior Principal Consultant - Cyber Security


As our Electricity Grid Systems continue to evolve with the integration of advanced Hardware, Software and Communication technologies into the overall system, we see the rapidly advancing efforts of competitive research & development (R&D) playing a key role in the intelligent operation of today’s infrastructure.

As the urgent need to deploy technologies like Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) evolves, the resulting excitement must not blind us to the need to keep a focus on safety & security at the forefront of all the grid infrastructure deployments today.

And as we move towards a fully digitised grid, from the intelligence sitting behind assets on site to the monitoring and control capabilities of our Control Rooms, it should come as no surprise that there is an overlap between safety-related system requirements and cyber-security.

This paper discusses and embarks on the challenges to ensure the growing Battery Energy Storage technologies remain exciting and advantageous, but that they also remain ‘Safe & Secure’ by using internationally recognised standards written to ensure the safety and cyber-security of the systems we depend on.



Data security in the AMI system and beyond

Broadcast Date: Thu 12 May 13:00 UTC


The question of how to best keep data secure is essential to protecting a utility’s revenue and reputation, but encryption from meter to head-end system is only part of the answer.


  • Carsten Nielsen

    Head of Product Management - Smart Grid Solutions


The question of how to best keep data secure is essential to protecting the utility’s revenue and reputation, but in a complex world encryption from meter to head-end system is only part of the answer. Being a power utility used to be relatively simple: provide electricity and light up the world. Today, the power utility operates in an increasingly complex world – a world in which data is the backbone of the business. As the AMI system becomes more and more entangled with other networks and computer systems, more aspects than just encryption need to be considered if utilities want to be sure they have a secure system. One major challenge lies in ensuring that people and organizational processes are also aligned. In this webinar, we take a closer look at the questions any utility needs to ask itself to ensure an acceptable level of data security.

Webinar Speakers

David B. Coher

Principal, Reliability and Cybersecurity

George Gilka

Security Advisor

Philipp Irschik

Executive Advisor to the Board of Directors (WEC FEL-100)

Alex Campbell

Director | EMEIA Advisory Centre – Cyber Security

Nuno Medeiros

Critical Information Cybersecurity Officer

Omer Schneider

CEO and Co-Founder

Raj Samani

Vice President and CTO of EMEA

Carsten Nielsen

Head of Product Management - Smart Grid Solutions

Andrew Derbyshire

Principle Safety Engineer

Rakesh Bali

Consultant - Smart Energy

Rianne ’t Hoen

Technical Professional, New Energy Technologies

Tony Boswell

Senior Principal Consultant - Cyber Security

White Papers

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Case Studies

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IT security for energy infrastructures - Next-generation firewalls made in Germany
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