Thought Leaders Workshop: Exploring Opportunities to Secure the Grid's Supply Chain
How do utility leaders prepare for and mitigate, not only the cyber risk, but the potential financial and reputational risks associated with a threat that doesn't play the rules, and is constantly evolving? Fortress Information Security, ReliabilityFirst and the Economic & Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel to the United States bring to you strategies for handling Supply Chain Security for utilities and their vendors.
The Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD), North American Transmission Forum (NATF), Sepio Systems, American Electric Power (AEP) and the Israel Electric Corporation join this thought leaders workshop to share ideas and best practices to address supply chain risk.
Date: Wednesday, September 9
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST
ReliabilityFirst is one of the eight Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-approved Regional Entities responsible for ensuring the reliability of the North American Bulk-Power System, pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005. ReliabilityFirst performs this function pursuant to and under its delegation agreement with North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), which is the Commission-approved electric reliability organization. NERC and the Regional Entities are non-governmental, self-regulatory organizations that were created in recognition of, among other things, the complex, interconnected, and international nature of the North American Bulk Power-System.
ReliabilityFirst's stated mission is to preserve and enhance the reliability and security of the bulk power system within the RF region. This mission includes developing, monitoring, and enforcing compliance to FERC-approved reliability standards for all owners, operators, and users of the bulk power system; the development and dissemination of timely and instructive information (including assist visits, internal control evaluations, lessons learned, seminars, workshops, and periodic reports) to enhance the reliability of the bulk power system; and providing seasonal and long-term assessments of bulk power system reliability.
About the Economic and Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel to the United States
The Economic and Trade Mission at the Embassy of Israel aims to promote and facilitate trade and investment between Israel and the United States, and to enhance bilateral commercial relations. It works closely with U.S. federal government agencies such as the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Department of Commerce, as well as to foster commercial connections between Israeli and American organizations. In addition, the Mission leads the Government of Israel's relationships with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
About Fortress Information Security
Fortress Information Security (Fortress) is one of the largest cyber security providers of supply chain risk management and vulnerability risk management in the US. Fortress helps secure 15% of the US power grid and critical assets, as well as organizations in Transportation, Financial Services, Enertainment and Defense.
Fortress is the only company that connects assets to vendors in a holistic approach. Fortress uses Technology, Analytics & Services (TAS) and leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence to help organizations automate the process of identifying and stopping cuber threats that pose the biggest risk to their business.
About the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD)
The Israel National Cyber Directorate is the national security and technological agency responsible for defending Israel's national cyberspace and for establishing and advancing Israel's cyber power. The Directorate operates at the national level to constantly strengthen the level of defense of organizations and citizens, to prevent and handle cyberattacks and to strengthen emergency response capabilities. As part of its roles, the Directorate advances innovative cyber solutions and forward-looking technological solutions, formulates strategies and policies in the national and international arenas and develops its cyber manpower. The Directorate strives to maintain a protected, safe and open cyberspace for all of Israel's citizens and to facilitate the State of Israel's growth and power base.
About the North American Transmission Forum (NATF)
The NATF promotes excellence in the safe, reliable, and resilient operation of the electric transmission system. The NATF is built on the principle that the open and candid exchange of information among its members is the key to continuously improving the operation of transmission systems in the United States and Canada. The NATF's 93 members and their 76 affiliates include investor-owned.state-authorized, municipal, cooperative, U.S. federal, and Canadian provincial utilities, and ISOs/RTOs. NATF members represent about 90% of the net peak demand and 80% of the transmission circuit miles (200 kV and above) in the U.S. and Canada.
About Sepio Systems
Sepio Systems software-based solution provides full visibility and control of all hardware assets (managed, unmanaged, loT, and IIOT devices) using the physical layer (layer 1) information and to detect vulnerabilities and attacks in real-time from manipulated hardware and supply chain that are undetected by any other cybersecurity tools. These include rogue peripherals, invisible network devices, and manipulated firmware. Sepio technology detects and blocks any malicious device from connecting to your infrastructure utilizing real-time fingerprinting, behavioral analytics, and threat intelligence. Sepio Systems was founded in 2016 by a group of cyber experts that have being working together for the last 29 years. The company headquarters is located in Rockville, Maryland.
About American Electric Power (AEP)
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP's approximately 17,400 employees operate and maintain the nation's largest electricity transmission system and more than 221,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.5 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation's largest electricity producers with approximately 30,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 5,200 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP's family of companies includes utilitiesAEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Pu blic Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana, east Texas and the Texas Panhandl e). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energysolutions nationwide.
About the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)
The Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) is a public and government-owned company, generating and supplying electricity to all sectors; approx. 99.85% of the shares are government-owned. Its activities include the generation, transmission and transformation, distribution, supply and sale of electricity to customers. IEC owns and operates 17 power stations with 63 generating units: 18 steam-driven and 45 gas turbines, of which 14 are combined-cycle units. Its Installed is 13,617 MW. IEC supplies reliable high-quality electricity, complies with leading service standards, maintaining economic, commercial and environmental principles. IEC is partnering FTTH (Fiber to the HOME) initiative in Israel. IEC employs around 11,000 employees and provides service to approx. 2.8M customers.
IECYBER is an elite unit in IEC, providing battle proven portfolio of unique cyber solutions and services. The cyber portfolio, including cyber defense and cyber resilience solutions, is based on vast, real life daily experience, gained in challenging geopolitical environment and atmosphere, focused to protect one of the most critical infrastructure companies, and main vertically integrated electricity supplier in Israel.