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Major utility companies to attend conference to discuss energy cyber security

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In September, many major utility companies and top officials will meet at the EyeForEnergy conference to discuss initiatives, practices and case studies pertaining to the security of the national power grid.

Representatives from the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, FERC, NESCO, Southern Company, DTE Energy, Seattle City Light, SRP and SDG&E will all attend the conference.

During the last several years, the power grid has experienced many significant changes and new evolving threats, including the establishment of smart grid technologies, as well as the emergence of the Stuxnet virus. The result of the many changes is the need for increased cyber security to ensure the system remains protected from potential dangers. Furthermore, the industry must remain compliant with NERC CIP regulations, which can issue fines worth up to $1 million a day per violation. The conference will seek to have the aforementioned companies and agencies collaborate to establish the best possible solutions for the sector.

According to a recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report, the emergence of smart grid technologies has increased the vulnerability of the U.S. grid to cyber attacks. Despite the smart grid's benefits, which include monitored energy usage and subsequent lower costs, the technology still presents issues that the conference's initiatives, such as the EyeForEnergy gathering, seek to reduce and eliminate.

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