NERC's annual Grid Security Conference (GridSecCon) series brings together cyber and physical security experts from industry and government to share emerging security trends, policy advancements, and lessons learned related to the electricity industry. NERC held the first GridSecCon in New Orleans in October 2011, and has rotated through the NERC Regional Entities across North America.

The conference objectives include:

  • Promoting reliability of the bulk power system through training and education;
  • Delivering cutting-edge discussions on critical infrastructure security threats, vulnerabilities, and lessons learned from senior industry and government leaders; and
  • Informing industry with security best-practice discussions on reliability concerns, risk mitigation, and cyber and physical security threat awareness.

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Past Events:

GridSecCon 2018 | October 16-19, 2018

Held: Flamingo Las Vegas, Nevada

The final GridSecCon 2018 program can be found here.

20181017_Utilities Public-Private Partnership (P3).pdfUtilities Public-Private Partnership
20181018_Game-changing Research Development & Deployment_Nuqui.pdfGame-changing Research Development & Deployment
20181018_GridEx V.pdfGridEx V Panel Discussion (1)
20181018_GridEx V_Conway.pdfGridEx V Panel Discussion (2)
20181018_Industry Engagement Program.pdfIndustry Engagement Program
20181018_International Energy Sector Information Sharing_DNG-ISAC.pdfInternational Energy Sector Information Sharing DNG-ISAC
20181018_International Energy Sector Information Sharing_EE-ISAC.pdfInternational Energy Sector Information Sharing EE-ISAC
20181018_International Energy Sector Information Sharing_JE-ISAC.pdfInternational Energy Sector Information Sharing JE-ISAC
20181018_Lightning Round 1_Applying Data Science to Cybersecurity Metrics_Christopher & Wilson.pdfLightning Round 1 Applying Data Science to Cybersecurity Metrics
20181018_Lightning Round 2_IT and OT Convergence_Oquendo.pdfLightning Round 2 IT and OT Convergence
20181018_Lightning Round 4_Substation Security and Asset Monitoring_Chaffee.pdfLightning Round 4 Substation Security and Asset Monitoring
20181018_Lightning Round 5_The Next Big Threat_Marshall & Wiedman.pdfLightning Round 5 The Next Big Threat
20181018_Lightning Round 6_The Future of Firewall and Network Access Control_Berthier.pdfLightning Round 6 The Future of Firewall and Network Access Contro
20181018_Lightning Round 7_The Future of IT and OT Converged Orchestration_Storms.pdfLightning Round 7 The Future of IT and OT Converged Orchestration
20181018_Lightning Round 8_Physical Perimeter Security Risk Mitigation_Bobrosky_Emerson_Martina.pdfLightning Round 8 Physical Perimeter Security Risk Mitigation
20181018_Lightning Round 9_First Break All The Rules_Livingston.pdfLightning Round 9 First Break All The Rules
20181018_Physical Security Outlook_Engaging Government Authorities in Our Security Mandate_O'Neill.pdfPhysical Security Outlook Engaging Government Authorities in Our Security Mandate


GridSecCon 2017 | October 17-20, 2017
Held: InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront, Minnesota

This conference's theme focused on unity of effort among industry, government and stakeholders to strengthen the North American grid. The two-day conference reflected the vital role the training plays in navigating a complex grid security environment, as well as the tools required for effective information sharing. The final GridSecCon 2017 program can be found here.

GridSecCon 2016 | October 18 - 20, 2016
Held: Hyatt Quebec City
This conference theme focused on "Northern Lights." The agenda included esteemed speakers from industry and government professionals. Academics also provided the future of research in the energy sector. The final GridSecCon 2016 agenda can be found here.

GridSecCon 2015 | October 13 - 16, 2015
Held: Hilton Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, Pennsylvania.
This conference theme focused on “Protect the Grid.” The agenda included high-level speakers from industry and government as well as technical threat and solution discussions from recognized subject matter experts. The final GridSecCon 2015 agenda may be found here.

GridSecCon 2014 | October 14 - 17, 2014
In October 2014, NERC hosted the fourth annual GridSecCon in San Antonio, Texas. Training tracks in physical security and cyber security took place on October 14. The main conference sessions with speakers and panels was on October 15–16. Tours provided by the local host utility were available for a limited amount of attendees on October 17. The final GridSecCon 2014 agenda may be found here.