TODAY and Friday! December DISTRIBUTECH + sessions look at cybersecurity and data privacy

As if the pandemic wasn’t enough, in the first six months of 2020 there were more cyberattacks than in all of 2019. That’s according to a recent study by CrowdStrike, who attributes most of the increased attacks to the fact that more people worked at home, thereby increasing the “threat surface.”

For electric utilities, cyberattacks are extremely terrifying. Worst case scenarios almost always lead to some kind of apocalypse with the entire grid knocked out. That’s why there is so much attention placed on cybersecurity for utility operations.

Next week, you can hear from colleagues about how they are approaching cybersecurity as it relates to supply chain management, substations, distributed assets and much more. We’re also looking at data privacy and keeping utility data safe in our “next normal.”

It takes place December 17 and 18 and you can register here.

With 25 speakers in a total of ten conference sessions, attendees will come away from the virtual event with new ideas, strategies and protocols that should help them with their own cybersecurity planning.

Check out the full schedule below and register for the series here. Once you are registered, if you click on the titles, it will take you to the session description. I hope you will join us!

Sessions include:

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Jennifer Runyon manages content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International and also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH International. You can reach her at

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