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How to Improve Security and Reduce NERC CIP Compliance Costs Using Smart Identification [an Energy Central PowerSession™]

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The government uses smart identification cards for civilians to secure everything from buildings to computer networks. Hear three experts explain what these cards are, how they are being deployed, and how they can benefit electric utilities. Join Us!

Apr 15, 2021

2:00 PM EST


Why Attend —

Electric utilities must provide the highest degree of security possible to their physical and cyber assets while allowing workers and contractors the access they need. That can prove challenging, especially during recovery events when they may need to account for thousands of people who’ve never worked for them before. In this PowerSession, an executive with a PIV card developer, a former DHS and FEMA official, and a NERC CIP compliance expert will discuss PIV cards — their history, their use by the government and others, and the numerous benefits they can provide to utilities.

Key Takeaways —

  • Find out how PIV cards can enable utilities to better secure their physical and cyber-assets by controlling access to buildings and networks, as well as rendering passwords obsolete;
  • Hear how PIV cards can aid disaster-recovery efforts;
  • Learn how PIV cards can help utilities keep employee risk-assessments and training up to date;
  • Gain insight into how PIV cards can be used to meet specific NERC CIP compliance standards.

Who Should Attend —

  • Executives in charge of physical and cyber security efforts
  • NERC CIP compliance professionals
  • Disaster-response leaders

Panelist:

Danny Vital, Senior Cybersecurity Engineer - XTec

Working in IT for the past two decades, twelve of these years have been working specifically in the area of cybersecurity. During my work in tech I've played various different roles increasing in scope and responsibility over time from support, software development, business development, technical marketing, product management and thought leadership. My latest role is working towards bringing better cybersecurity solutions to critical infrastructure with a focus on identity management. If you have any questions that you feel my experience may help you please feel free to reach out.

Dwight Williams, Principal - GreySky, LLC

Dwight Williams is the Principal at GreySky, LLC. He is well known and respected in the security community having held previous positions as the Chief Security Officer of the Department of Homeland Security, the Chief Security Officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Vice President of Global Security at DynCorp International. Through GreySky, Dwight and his associates assist clients navigate a broad range of security challenges. In the energy sector he assisted clients in Puerto Rico following hurricane Maria and continues to address critical infrastructure vulnerabilities for other energy clients.

Tom Alrich, Supply chain Cybersecurity Risk Management and NERC CIP-013 consulting - Tom Alrich LLC

Tom Alrich is a well-known consultant and blogger about supply chain cyber risk management and the NERC CIP-013 supply chain cybersecurity standard for the electric power industry. Tom has consulted on cybersecurity and NERC CIP compliance since 2008, working previously for Honeywell and Deloitte. Tom is an active participant in the Software Transparency Initiative of the National Technology and Information Administration of the US Department of Commerce, including the ongoing Software Bill of Materials Proof of Concept for the energy industry.

Moderator:  

Peter Key, Freelance Writer, Editor and Consultant

Peter Key, freelance writer, editor and consultant — In more than 30 years as a business journalist, Peter covered nearly every major industry, with long stints as a technology, energy and utilities reporter. He has written white papers, edited everything from proposals to books, and managed social media accounts. He contributes frequently to multiple Energy Central communities.

 

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