Monday, 22 May 2017

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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

UAE Utility

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.


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


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 an attorney-at-law and senior associate in the TMT department. He has over 15 years of experience in advising public administration and private entities. He advises on regulatory and commercial aspects of telecommunications and media law, competition law, copyright law and internet law.

He has participated in a broad array of legislative work, such as drafting laws and regulations related to telecommunications, media and the information and communication technologies sectors, and is experienced in cross-border projects, having contributed to the work of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), the European Commission working groups and the International Telecommunication Union.

Mariusz implemented a number of projects in the central public administration, working in particular for the Polish Office of Electronic Communications, where he was responsible for legal and procedural aspects of managing the radio frequency spectrum for six years.

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