ANNUAL SMART GRID SECURITY SUMMIT
Monday, 22 May 2017
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2nd ANNUAL SMART GRID SECURITY SUMMIT
Smart Grid in the MENA Region
The Smart Grid represents an unprecedented opportunity to transform the energy industry into a new era of reliability, availability, and efficiency that will contribute to our economic and environmental health.
The Middle East and Africa (mainly the GCC countries) “is an increasingly attractive region for smart grid investment,” as the Northeast Group stated in its ‘Emerging Markets Smart Grid: Outlook 2016’ report. While the region does have some of the highest per-capita electricity consumption rates, which in some Gulf states are higher than Western Europe and the US, this is largely offset by some of the most heavily subsidized electricity prices in the world, particularly in the Gulf states.
Moreover, the MEA region has “regulatory frameworks that are quickly progressing.” Countries in the region are aware of the benefits to be garnered from smart grid and smart metering investments and have been working to develop the regulatory environment to encourage participation in this market.
Experts agree that the MEA region “can obtain significant advantages not just in the long term but also in the short term. For example, in the short term, high levels of electricity consumption mean that utilities can reap immediate demand-side benefits from smart meter deployments.”
Smart Grid Security Summit Introduction
Seemingly overnight, the energy industry has been supercharged with the promise of the smart grid. From real time monitoring, fault detection, isolation and restoration, to grid mapping, automated meter reading, automated connections and disconnections – the opportunities are endless.
However, we have to remember that the grid is a national asset and of critical importance. Nations rely on grids to power heat, cooling, food storage, light, hospitals, military systems, and the list goes on. The grid is a matter of national security, much like the air traffic, banking, healthcare, and other critical systems.
Therefore, we cannot trivialize the new threats which are created by the new communications and information technology doorways the smart grid opens for adversaries to potentially exploit.
It is time for the smart grid community to take a step back and get a fresh perspective on threat assessments, security approaches, and real-world case studies.
This is why OSGP is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit, a security summit geared towards the interests of utilities, regulators, ministries, researchers and vendors.
Expect a day full of high-quality speakers, content, and engagement.
The 2nd Annual Smart Grid Security Summit will focus on three key areas:
Understanding the current and the future threat landscape.
Mitigating threats in the most effective and comprehensive way possible.
Learning from security-relevant case studies from the field.
The session will conclude with a panel discussion, covering the three key focus areas.
The Agenda will include:
UAE Smart Grid Vision
Ministry of Energy (TBC)
UAE Utility Case Study
Banking Perspective on Security
A Collaborative Approach to Grid Security: A Case Study of a Utility Vendor, Pentest Project
Bo Danielsen (SEAS-NVE, Danish Utility) and Emil Gurevitch (NES)
NES Patagonia Security: A Practical Perspective
Emil Gurevitch, NES (Recipient of the 8th European Smart Energy Award 2017 for Cyber and Data Security)
Utility Case Study, Poland
Mariusz Jurczyk, Tauron (Polish Utility, second largest electricity supplier in Poland with approximately 5.4 million customers)
Utility Case Study, Sweden
Daniel Zajd (TBC), Vattenfall (Swedish Utility, one of Europe's largest generators of electricity with 3.2 million customers)
Consultant's Perspective on Smart Grid Security
The conference will end with a panel discussion of industry experts that will be focused on key topics including threats, approaches and real world examples.
NES Patagonia Security: A Practical Perspective
Emil Gurevitch, NES
Too many security talks are abstract and hard to apply to the real-world. Many attendees leave those talks none the wiser, and with good reason. This presentation aims to be the exact opposite, as it will focus on actual events and practice, not hypotheticals and theory.
It is divided into two parts: the first part covers real-world examples of when, how, and why failures of security can have severe impact on safety and business and what we need to learn from them in order not to repeat history.
The second part will cover some practical perspectives on how the NES Patagonia solution addresses not only today’s security needs and pitfalls but more importantly future issues that will arise during the lifetime of the Smart Grid system.