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Powering Down the Hackers

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New York Power Authority and Siemens Energy Partner in New Cybersecurity Center of Excellence


The largest publicly-owned utility in the country has combined with Siemens Energy to develop a center to protect against cyber attacks. The threat of “hybrid warfare” by states, criminal organizations and malicious individuals has never been higher.

The first-of-its-kind industrial cybersecurity monitoring, research and innovation center will focus on detecting and defending against cyberattacks on critical infrastructure owned and operated by New York Power Authority (NYPA).

“As we digitize every aspect of our generation and transmission operations, we need to be sure that our cybersecurity program is ironclad,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA President and CEO. “This venture with Siemens enables both parties to bring their best thinking and experience to the table as we together test and develop state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions that meet our requirements and protect our assets now and well into the future.”

The initiative between NYPA’s Advanced Grid Laboratory for Energy (AGILe) and Siemens Energy, is intended to provide the industry with a structure to protect assets from attacks. The center intends to bring in other partners, experts, and academic institutions to build the core capabilities essential to identify existing cyber threats, detect new ones, as well as adopt new technologies to protect digital infrastructure and nurture talent. Successful solutions have the potential to be deployed and commercialized at other public and private organizations that operate critical infrastructure systems in the USA and beyond.

“Utilities and energy companies often lack the technical means and expertise needed to detect and mitigate cyberthreats in an increasingly digitized and interconnected operating environment,” said Leo Simonovich, Head of Industrial Cybersecurity at Siemens Energy, Inc. “To stay ahead of attackers and fully realize a new energy ecosystem based on digital technologies, we must deploy stronger cybersecurity solutions that are capable of defending critical infrastructure against increasingly sophisticated attacks.”

When fully operational this center will be an important resource to ensure the security of critical infrastructure in uncertain times.

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Richard Brooks on Aug 3, 2020 3:13 pm GMT

I'm very optimistic in the potential business benefits of the NYPA/Siemens Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, mentioned in this article. I'm hoping that this initiative will provide the energy industry with insights on best practices for cybersecurity, including software supply chain risk assessment best practices, which is the topic of Energy Central's 8/12 PowerSession. I hope you can join us on 8/12  to discuss this very important topic:

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