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Trends & Priorities in Utility Cybersecurity: Letter from the Community Leader

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Vice President of The Power Industry Network Energy Central

I am the VP of the Energy Central Power Industry Network.  In this role, I help to connect professionals in the power industry through the development and management of topic-specific community...

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This item is part of the Special Issue - 2022-04 - Cybersecurity 2022, click here for more

Letter from the Community Leader:

The utility sector continues on its march towards modernization and digitalization. This evolution is largely a sign of progress, providing utilities with opportunities to unlock and utilize new tools to achieve the goals of clean, reliable, and affordable energy. However, the more interconnected utilities are, the higher the chance for new potential vulnerabilities. Specifically, cybersecurity concerns are more present for utility leaders than ever before, and the urgency to protect digital assets from outside risks will only grow. 

Given this new reality in the utility sector, Energy Central has dedicated its April Special Issue to the world of cybersecurity, specifically on the "Trends & Priorities in Utility Cybersecurity." 

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In this Special Issue edition, you'll find a compendium of submissions from our esteemed Energy Central Community Members as they share their lessons learned and advice pertaining to cybersecurity. I hope you take some time to read through some of the shared insights.  

In addition to these insightful articles shared as part of this Special Issue Series, we will also be hosting a PowerSession, an interactive round table discussion, on "Cyber Resiliency in the Power Industry" scheduled for Thursday, May 5th.  I hope you will register and join in for a more in-depth conversation around this topic.  We have great panelists lined up for this session, including Toley Clague, Portland General ElectricSpencer Wilcox, PNM ResourcesPhil Tonkin, Dragos; and Christine Hertzog, EPRI

And finally, I will also note that the release of the Special Issue isn't the end of the topic but just the beginning. Let's make this Special Issue as interactive as possible: all the authors who submitted articles encourage you to leave comments, questions, and ideas in the comments section to which they can respond. 

To access all articles for this Special Issue, follow this link

I look forward to seeing you in the Community! 

Audra C Drazga

VP of the Power Industry Network

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