2016 Speakers

 William N. Bryan
William N. Bryan
2016 Chairperson, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration
President, VB Energy Group
 Bob Kolasky
Bob Kolasky
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
 Ed Goetz
Ed Goetz
Vice President – Chief Security Officer
Exelon Corporation
 Pamela A. Whitmer
Pamela A. Whitmer
Commissioner
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
 David Roop
David Roop
Director, Electric Transmission
Dominion Virginia Power
 Jeffrey Fuller
Jeffrey Fuller
Director, Cyber & Physical Security Infrastructure Security Services
AES
Dr. David Ortiz
Dr. David Ortiz
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Infrastructure Modeling and Analysis
U.S. Department of Energy
 Rob Manning
Rob Manning
Vice President, Transmission
Electric Power Research Institute
Dr. Jalal Mapar
Dr. Jalal Mapar
Director, Resilient Systems Division
DHS S&T (HSARPA)
 Emanuel Bernabeu PhD
Emanuel Bernabeu PhD
Manager, Applied Solutions
PJM Interconnection
 Brian M. Harrell
Brian M. Harrell
Director, Energy Practice
Navigant
 Chris Beck
Chris Beck
Chief Scientist and V.P. for Policy
Electric Infrastructure Security Council
 Dave Allan
Dave Allan
Supervisor
PNM Resources, Inc.
 Mark Weatherford
Mark Weatherford
Principal
The Chertoff Group
 Scott Van Broekhoven
Scott Van Broekhoven
Group Leader
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
 Jeff Lund
Jeff Lund
Senior Director, Industrial IT
Belden
 Emmett McGrath
Emmett McGrath
Director Gov. Sales Engineers and Secure(it) Program Manager
WESCO International, Inc

Power Grid Resilience Spring 2015 Video Highlights

Scalable Solutions for Protection, Survivability and Response

Welcome to the 4th Annual Power Grid Resilience Summit!

The reliability of the U.S. electric power grid, as an underlying enabler for other critical infrastructure sectors (such as emergency services, communications, transportation, and others), is uniquely essential to protect.

Security and resiliency concerns have grown with increased risk to energy infrastructure from extreme weather, asymmetric physical threats and vulnerabilities, and with ever increasing cyber-sophistication. Additionally, as a distributed, independent,and critical network of infrastructure, US utilities face a web of state and federal compliance frameworks, internal and external safety and security imperatives, and a dynamic and growing need to identify vulnerabilities in critical assets from risk of sabotage, theft, and terrorism.

Utilities are being confronted with pressure to not only identify and work on hardening grid assets, but also to prepare for any possible scenario that could unfold.

Collaboration between asset strategy, risk mitigation, corporate security, compliance and incident management are a priority across the board; some utilities have already made strides, however there is still a critical need to ensure a robust, resilient and secure grid.

Grid owners and operators need to prioritize the right projects that will protect critical assets from severe weather, cyber attacks, theft and terrorism; prevent disruption of service for customers; restore service swiftly after an outage; and maintain/prepare for compliance with current and future regulatory standards.

Power Grid Resilience will take a deep dive into the security strategies, resiliency efforts, innovative technologies and strategic planning necessary to balance the competing priorities of today’s utility executives. Join us as we identify and tackle challenges to help you achieve a robust and resilient grid.

We begin the three day program with an in-depth Tech Accelerator Workshop Day, where we will look at specific next-generation technologies and research that can inform security decisions today. Over the two days of the main conference, we will hear from utility security executives, government regulators, thought leaders, and academics to address challenges and growth areas to building Power Grid Resilience.

What are the Benefits of Attending?

  • Hear the latest policy and regulatory guidance for protecting your critical electric infrastructure
  • Benchmark your physical security for critical infrastructure and CIP 14-1 implementation
  • Get the latest updates on the electric industry threat landscape
  • Review next generation technologies and strategies from thought-leaders and researchers from government and industry
  • Apply the latest tools and methodologies to assess site vulnerabilities & security levels
  • Understand current compliance framework and challenges to streamline strategic planning

Some of the topics this year include:

  • Reliability Concerns and Strategies for Risk Mitigation
  • Enhancing Cyber-Physical Security Integration
  • Building Cross-Sector Security Coordination
  • Understanding the HI/LF Threat
  • Updates on the National Transformer Strategy
  • Solutions for Reliability and Resilience of Power Infrastructure
  • Understanding the Gaps: Navigating the Regulatory Environment

We will also take and in-depth look at:

  • Grid Modernization
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Physical Security Solutions
  • Understanding the Insider Threat
  • An “All-Hazards” Approach to Security
  • Distributed Energy and Microgrid Strategies for Risk Mitigation

  • Grid Resilience in the Age of Severe Earth and Space WeatherGrid Resilience in the Age of Severe Earth and Space Weather
    Terry Boston, President & CEO, PJM Interconnection, describes the firm's three focus areas; Reliability, or keeping the lights on; Market Operation, meaning operating fair and efficient electricity markets; and Regional Planning for the future in this presentation
  • Protecting Your Assets from Natural and Physical AttacksProtecting Your Assets from Natural and Physical Attacks
    In this interview, Richard Wernsing, Manager of Asset Strategy and Electric at Public Service Electric and Gas discusses how to conduct systemic and local analysis to evaluate equipment critically, how to protect key assets and lastly the hardening of critical infrastructure in order to stay aware of potential threats -- both deliberate and natural.
  • [VIDEO] Former Chairman of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Discusses Power Grid Security [VIDEO] Former Chairman of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Discusses Power Grid Security

    Addressing the vulnerability of the power grid before terrorists do has become a hot topic – every day in the press, in whitepapers, in utilities across America. With huge regulation changes on the horizon, many utilities are wondering how it will affect them.




    Watch the exclusive interview with Jon Wellinghoff, Immediate Past Chairman of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a formidable expert in this subject to get his take on recent events.

    During this 13 minute video, you will learn Jon’s insights on:

    - What major steps the utility industry still need to take
    - How the new standards from NERC are progressing
    - Why microgrids are something that are an integral part of making the whole system more resilient
    - How will these policy changes affect the utilities
    - And much more





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Ensuring the Resilience of the U.S Electrical Grid

The North American power grid is a modern engineering marvel, and yet at the same time it is increasingly a system facing great risk of being disrupted by adverse events. Download this Lexington Institute whitepaper now.