Securing power substations focus of in-depth, free POWERGRID webcast Monday

The fears of cyber attacks on the power grid are so great that President Trump issued an executive order earlier this year aimed at protecting the utility supply chain from foreign hackers or states with ill intentions.

In numerous surveys, close to half of energy and utility company CEOs–and sometimes more–expressed concerns that cyber attacks were imminent. They believe that such an act is not only theoretically possible, but likely.

Next Monday, Sept. 14, an expert from Siemens Digital Industries will offer insights on critical infrastructure data protection and addressing the very real risks proactively.

“Securing the Industrial Control Systems Network in the Modern Digital Substation” is a free, one-hour webcast offered by POWERGRID International and Clarion Energy. Siemens is the sponsor.

Jeff Foley is chief technology evangelist for cybersecurity with Siemens Digital Industries. He has decades of experience working in operational technology for utilities, oil and gas, transportation and rail.

Foley has hosted several NERC CIP roadshows in the U.S., helping utilities as they transition from CIP v3 to v5. He also is a contributor to the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

The POWERGRID webcast will offer key information on best practices in defining and achieving security goals in power and T&D sectors which are vulnerable in the era of the Industrial Internet of Things, Big Data and digital transformation.

“Securing Industrial Control Systems Network in the Modern Digital Substation” is free for all attendees who can register here. The event is live from 2 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S.) to 3 p.m. and will be available for one year in the POWERGRID archives.

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(Rod Walton is content director for Power Engineering, POWERGEN International and the online POWERGEN+ series. He is a 13-year veteran of covering the energy industry both as a longtime newspaper journalist and trade publication editor. Walton can be reached at 918-831-9177 and

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