Monday, 22 May 2017

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai, UAE


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)

Smart SEWA

Keynote Speaker
H.E. Dr. Rashid Alleem

Banking Perspective on Security

UAE Bank

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

Panel Discussion

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.


Utility Case Study, PolandMariusz Jurczyk, Tauron
(Polish Utility, second largest electricity supplier in Poland with approximately 5.4 million customers)

AMIplus Smart City Wrocław is the first project in Poland where interoperability and security are key priorities and factors. Security is a collaboration of the utility with experienced partners. Security also means proven and robust communication, and neither one should be sacrificed. Together, this brings benefits for you and your customers. Moreover, security encompasses various technical aspects, and in the AMIplus project, we transitioned from RC4 to AES128. The presentation covers this as well as our focus to ensure we properly take care of our customers, which includes providing them with secure HAN ready service.

For TAURON, the security of the AMI system is a priority. We will always be moving forward to build and improve that capability within the organization for our customers. TAURON’s philosophy is that that if you are more aware, you are more safe.

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.

A Collaborative Approach to Grid Security: A Case Study of a Utility, Vendor, Pentest Project

Bo Danielsen and Emil Gurevitch, SEAS -NVE (Danish Utility) & NES

Why collaboration in the grid industry is important for security

Chronological description of NES’ 1-year joint project with SEAS-NVE


Perspectives on what a secure grid is and how to get there


H.E. Dr. Rashid Alleem Chairman
Sharjah Electricity
& Water Authority

H.E. Dr. Rashid Alleem Recognized as one of the 100 most Influential CEOs in the Middle East, passionate writer, Environmentalist, sought-after thought leader, #1 CRITRAL Thinking proponent, and an internationally respected transformational leader.
Founder of Alleem Knowledge Centre, Dr. Alleem is a dynamic leader who has worked with prestigious Government, semi-government and nonprofit organizations. He is an entrepreneur par excellence with a flair in effective strategic decision making by means of innovative thinking.
His newest book, The SEWA Way, is available now, in which he showcases the 15 winning principles, providing a roadmap for achieving success both on an organizational and personal scale in today’s complex world.
As a highly sought-after keynote speaker, presenter, and teacher, H.E. Dr. Rashid Alleem combines inspiration and humor with application and substance, delivering a compelling and practical message to audiences of 10 to 10,000 people, including some of the largest venues in the world.

Bo Danielsen Head of Installation and Metering
SEAS-NVE (Danish Utility)

Bo Danielsen has 20 years of experience in the electricity, telecom, and utility industry, with formal education as an engineering technician combined with a business and management degree. For the last five plus years he has served as head of the metering department for SEAS-NVE, the largest company in Denmark with smart meters, leading an organization of 55 people. In addition to managing current rollouts of smart meters to existing customers, Danielsen also is involved in future development and usage of the meters, with focus on the future smart grid.

Daniel Zajd (TBC) Information Security Officer
Vattenfall (Swedish Utility)

Daniel Zajd is an Information Security Officer with 20 years of experience within the IT industry. Daniel joined Vattenfall, one of Europe’s largest generators of electricity, in 2008 as a Senior R&D Engineer at the research subsidiary working with security within the areas of SCADA, control systems, smart metering and network infrastructure environments. Today, Daniel is responsible for handling all sorts of IT and Information security questions connected to Swedish and EU regulations as well as internal company guidelines.

Emil Gurevitch Security Expert
Networked Energy Services (NES)

Emil Gurevitch is an information security expert passionate about building safe and resilient systems. Emil has deep technical knowledge in infiltrating real-world systems, has strong background in software engineering, and is experienced in vulnerability research, exploit development, pentests, and business-oriented risk analyses.
Emil has direct experience at a utility (SEAS-NVE) where he held the role of Software Security Engineer and Project Lead on Smart Grid Security. Prior to that, he developed security systems at IBM and conducted security research at Technical University of Denmark. Emil has been a NES Security Expert since December 2015. Emil has authored numerous security papers and has spoken about security issues at many industry conferences.

Mariusz Jurczyk AMI Project Manager
Tauron (Polish Utility)

Mariusz Jurczyk is the AMI Project Manager at TAURON Dystrybucja S.A. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Politechnika Częstochowska with a Master´s Degree in Electric Power. Mariusz started his career designing power grids and, since 2007, he has been working on the implementation and development of managing measurement systems for both Utilities and Market Operators including market balancing systems as well as AMR and AMI systems.

Mariusz joined Tauron in 2009 and was responsible for metering systems before taking the role of AMI Project Manager in 2013, which he still holds. Currently, Mariusz leads the largest AMI project in this part of Europe – AMIplus Smart City Wrocław, under which TAURON Dystrybucja S.A. has been installing over 330 thousand smart meters in Wrocław. Mariusz has participated in many industry conferences and received an award for this work at the European Electricity Market conference in 2007. He takes part in the PTPiREE (Polish Power Transmission and Distribution Association) Team associated with AMI and also in PKN (Polish Committee for Standardization).


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