Grid cybersecurity in the age of coronavirus: what are we learning?

An Idaho National Laboratory power grid researcher uses one of the laboratory's Real Time Digital Simulators to model the effects of a power disruption.

By 2021, hopefully we will have a handle on the coronavirus, COVID-19, and the impacts of a global pandemic. If nothing else, at least we will (hopefully) have learned how to live with the uncertainty that unforeseen events thrust upon us. For utilities, that could make coming together to exchange best practices and lessons learned at DISTRIBUTECH International next year quite valuable.

DISTRIBUTECH is an annual event for distribution utilities and their partners. The education focuses on all of the latest trends and innovations in the electricity delivery space. The conference covers 12 different areas of the utility industry, which we call tracks – each offering 4 educational sessions. We asked each of our track chairs to tell us about the hot topics in their track right now.

Play the video to hear what Scott Sternfeld, Chair of the Cybersecuring the Grid Track would like to see at next year’s event.

About Scott Sternfeld

Scott Sternfeld is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) with diverse experiences including cyber security for industrial control systems, emergency management, and submarine sonar systems.

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Agile Inclusion, Mr. Sternfeld leads the technology evaluation and integration strategy for the disaster and incident management technology platforms of the future, for situational awareness, common operating picture, and decision support.

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Jennifer Runyon is a Content Director at Clarion Energy, writing, editing and posting content on POWERGRID International and planning conference sessions for DISTRIBUTECH's live and virtual events. She as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH International. You can reach her at

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