NERC Convenes Electricity Sector Leaders at Grid Security Conference in Texas
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS More than 350 industry and government executives are participating in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s annual grid security conference today in San Antonio, Texas. Discussion is focused on key issues and training for enhancing the physical and cybersecurity of the North American bulk power system. GridSecCon, which continues through October 16, brings together industry experts and stakeholders to focus on best practices, lessons learned and other tools for ensuring the reliability and resiliency of the grid.
Keynote address was given by Gerry Cauley, NERC president and chief executive officer. Cauley welcomed participants and lauded the public-private partnerships and ongoing information sharing within the community.
“NERC is working with industry and government to create a strategic physical and cybersecurity partnership that capitalizes on industry’s expertise in responding rapidly to identified reliability risks and government’s global awareness of security threats,” Cauley said. “The industry has a variety of resources to enhance physical and cybersecurity protections for the bulk power system, including implementation of NERC Reliability Standards, confidential reporting to NERC’s Electricity Sector Information and Analysis Center and its own voluntary risk assessments and mitigation measures.”
Other keynote speakers included: Admiral Michael Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director, National Security Agency; Christopher Stangl, acting section chief, Cyber Division, FBI; Patricia Hoffman, assistant secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Department of Energy; and Paula Gold-Williams, executive vice president and chief financial officer, CPS Energy.
Posted On: 10/15/2014