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Question

What role will blockchain / self-sovereign identity play in the future of utility security?

Producer's Note: This question was posed during the recent Energy Central PowerSession: 'Cybersecurity on the U.S. Power Grid: Software Supply Chain Risks and Mitigations for NERC CIP-010-3,' with keynote speaker Richard Brooks. The PowerSession was so lively and packed with great information that Richard was not able to address all questions live, so we thought we would bring the question to the community so he could answer in writing, as well as provide an opportunity for the community to keep the conversation going with followup questions, comments, and discussion by anyone who was or wasn't able to attend the PowerSession live. 

In case you missed the live event, a recording of the PowerSession can be accessed here.

More Q&A responses from Richard that came after the PowerSession ended can be found here

Richard will also be holding a live Q&A discussion on the topic on Thursday August 27 at 4 PM Eastern. This informal chat will let you share any other questions you may have or topics you want to discuss. Join at any point during the hour when you're free and hop off when you need. More information and calendar reminder sign-up can be found here. 

Answers

Several technologies may be applicable, including blockchain, or other distributed database technology for storing evidence files. Self-sovereign identity is vitally important within any risk assessment. This is why digital identities issued by NAESB ACA’s, like Globalsign, are the most trustworthy form of identification and receive the highest trust score. NAESB ACA’s have made a commitment to satisfy the rigid requirements of the energy industry, which go well beyond the requirements to establish trust of those CA’s that are not NAESB Accredited.

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