Panel grapples with power grid security issues

Feb. 28, 2002 — The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., brought to light a grim reality-critical infrastructure within the United States is not immune from attack.

A special DistribuTECH panel today focuses on power grid security issues. The panel features speakers well-suited to discuss issues surrounding security of electronic systems, automated systems, IT underpinnings and interconnected physical components that make up the U.S. power delivery system.

Dr. Paul Oman, a senior research engineer at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. (SEL), has published more than 100 papers and technical reports on computer security, computer science education and software engineering. He co-wrote a two-part series on grid cyber security which began in the Nov/Dec 2001 issue of Utility Automation magazine. During the panel session, Oman will expand on the points made in his recently published articles and draw from his experience at SEL, a company which has been highly regarded-both pre- and post-Sept. 11-for its attention to grid cyber security.

Dr. Massoud Amin, who leads research and development in infrastructure security at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), rounds out DistribuTECH’s cyber security panel. Amin formerly served as EPRI’s manager of mathematics and information science and is a recognized expert in the field of “self-healing” energy infrastructure systems. Drawing from his technical knowledge and research background with EPRI, Amin will provide some unique solutions to grid security during the panel session.

DistribuTECH’s cyber security session is intended to be interactive. Each panelist will provide a short presentation, leaving ample time for attendees to ask questions of the three infrastructure security experts. Security of the power grid is obviously a top-of-mind topic in the post-Sept. 11 world. Attendees anxious to shore up security weaknesses within their own systems won’t want to miss this late addition to the conference program.

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