ATLANTA – Strong public and private sector information sharing was the focus of the ninth grid security conference, GridSecCon. More than 600 security experts from across North America attended the two-day conference to discuss the evolution of the grid security environment and the future of cyber and physical security.
The conference, hosted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the SERC Reliability Corporation, emphasized the programs necessary to protect the grid from constantly changing cyber and physical security threats. Conference participants represented a cross-section of industry and government partners in North America, who gathered to share information that included best practices and lessons learned. GridSecCon takes place each October to call attention to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which was started by the Department of Homeland Security 16 years ago.
“Security and reliability are inextricably linked and respect no geographic boundaries," said Jim Robb, NERC's president and chief executive officer (CEO), in his opening remarks. “Events like GridSecCon help us plan and prepare for contingencies through training, information sharing and lessons learned. Better grid security across North America depends on our strong partnerships to stay ahead of adversaries and mitigate a dynamic set of emerging threats."
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