LAS VEGAS – Partnership and collaboration were the focus of the eighth grid security conference, GridSecCon, which kicked off today in Las Vegas. More than 520 security experts from across North America were in attendance for the two-day conference to share emerging trends, advancements and lessons learned related to the electric industry.The conference, hosted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, focuses on protecting the grid through information sharing, education and collaboration with experts from industry; state, federal and Canadian partners; the vendor community; and international stakeholders. GridSecCon occurs each October to help promote National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, started by the Department of Homeland Security.
“The reliability and security of the grid are intertwined as much as the grid is interconnected across national boundaries, making our partnerships even more important," said Jim Robb, NERC's president and chief executive officer, in his opening remarks. “As adversaries become more determined and capable, we must remain agile and vigilant. Collaboration like GridSecCon allows us to get in sync, remain engaged and continue learning from each other."Full Announcement
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