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See the latest developments with Smart Grid Forum’s Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020 event.

UPDATE: Due to widespread travel restrictions to the end of 2020, this event is being delivered on the Swapcard Virtual event platform, at 30% discount on our standard conference fees.

Whilst DSOs have a responsibility to progress the integration of green energy generation, smart utilities need to integrate DERs without compromising the security of the grid. It falls to the CISO to eliminate cybersecurity risks from DER integration that would impact quality, reliability, and continuity of supply across the grid.

With DERs not previously considered part of national critical infrastructure, new regulation is being developed that DSOs must adopt. The challenge of reducing risk in DER integration is further complicated by DSOs having to adjust to the increased data loads that DERs provide, as well as needing to understand the capabilities of emerging IDS monitoring systems.

Alliander are heading up a new working group tackling DER cyber risk, led by Project Manager, Tim Joosten. We are excited to announce that Tim will be joining us at this year’s Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020 virtual conference, to present on this and on securing a DER integrated grid by exploring the cybersecurity risks they present. We recently caught up with Tim to hear more about his presentation.

Tim explained: “At Alliander, we are investigating increasing hosted capacity in DERs by adding control algorithms that achieve validation in the distribution grid through controlling active power. This will therefore allow DSOs to rely on the continuity and reliability of these DERs.

In this project, we discovered that DERs, as with all parts of the grid, are sometimes not the highest priority and there is lots of room for improvement. 

As they are not up to standard for critical infrastructure, we are currently working with other DSOs on starting a working group to explore ways to increase cybersecurity levels in DER systems.

DSOs are responsible for grid continuity and stability, part of this means that as we rely more on DERs, and we have to consider their reliability and ensure they are responsible for their own production plans.

Whilst we don’t want to slow down the growth of DERs by only enforcing more stringent security measures, we have seen successful integration of these with regards to EV charging, so the hope is to assist in the transfer of some of these standards into the DER environment.

At Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020, I look forward to sharing our insights and plans for securing DER integration to ensure end to end security of the grid.”


Case Study: Elektrilevi – Role of the CISO

One of, if not the, biggest threat to a company’s cybersecurity defence is its workforce. With the increasing complexity of the smart grid, the attack surface not only increases externally but also internally. Utilities acknowledge that their defences can be behind the capability of the attackers leaving them vulnerable to attack, and defences must be fortified to achieve end-to-end grid robustness.

The responsibility of this lies with all employees but starts with the CISO.

At Elektrilevi in Estonia, CISO Indrek Kunnapuu has been successful in implementing a companywide awareness project to train all their staff whilst also giving his SOC a re-design. We are pleased to announce Indrek will be joining us at Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020 to present on this and the responsibilities of a CISO.

We recently caught up with Indrek to hear more about his presentation:

“One of the current main projects for us is awareness training across the workforce. We tried training groups, but the security awareness content was not engaging the large audiences, and it was time-consuming on our behalf to reach everyone. We are now using a new approach for this, an ambassador led programme with volunteers across the company, gathering those with more interest in cybersecurity and IT. We train them so they can then, in turn, train their teams and become the cybersecurity contact lead in their department, giving me points of contact and companywide visibility.

We have at least one person from each of our 50 business units, thus ensuring my reach encompasses all members of the company. Using this method has proved a very cost-effective way and less time-intensive for the team and myself. In addition to this, we post monthly and weekly update articles internally to drive awareness on multiple levels. As well as managing down, I report up to the CIO and have regular meetings with the whole board to keep them up to date and ensure my requirements are met personnel and budget-wise.

Alongside our new training programs, we have recently implemented a new SOC which I’ll go into more detail about at the conference. It is working well but of course, is under continual improvement to eliminate the false positives and increase the validity of the monthly report.

I am looking forward to both hearing from other industry Cybersecurity professionals and sharing more on my projects at the conference.”

At Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020, Indrek’s presentation will be one of 10+ utility case-studies, who will be joined by experts from regulatory bodies and consultants working for utilities showcasing the implementation of the future of cybersecurity solutions. With a comprehensive programme covering legislation & standards, IT & OT interoperability, advanced technologies, supplier relationships encompassing security by design, and much more. This is a truly unmissable event for all those working on a digitalised smart grid looking to enhance their grid’s cybersecurity solution.



Hear from 12+ utility case studies including:

  • Alexander Harsch: Head of Cyber Security – Innogy
  • Ivo Maritz: CISO – BKW Energie
  • Indrek Kunnapuu: CISO – Elektrilevi
  • Tim Joosten: Project Manager Grid Innovation – Qirion (Alliander)
  • Dragomir Vatkov: Security Architect – Innogy SE
  • Clemens Liewald: Security Consultant – Accenture
  • Anjos Nijk: Managing Director – ENCS
  • Ivan Dragnev: Principal Technical Cybersecurity Leader – EPRI
  • Frances Cleveland: President – Xanthus Consulting and Convenor – IEC TC 57 WG 15}



Join the Solution Zone:

Would you like to secure a significant share of this rapidly growing market? Take this opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility cybersecurity experts and decision makers.

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more! With a limited number of stands we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest cybersecurity tools and technologies for our audience and maximum visibility and interaction levels for each exhibitor.


What previous attendees had to say:

“Excellent conference, excellent programme, excellent networking, and a great opportunity to learn and share about cyber security. The most hot topic in the digital transformation of the energy sector”
Aurelio Blanquet, Director, Division of Automation and Telecommunications & Chair EE-ISAC – EDP Distribuição

“A great event focused on the energy sector, great networking and collaboration. The attendees are knowledgeable and participate in the subjects discussed”
David Willacy, Global Head Digital Risk and External UK\EU Engagement – National Grid

It was a well organised event with interesting presentations and networking opportunities” 
Sinisa Sekulic, Project Manager – Končar Power Plant and Traction Engineering Inc.

“A good platform to share experiences, know-how and ideas to get the efforts in the same direction in the energy sector.” 
Markus Lenzin, Head of Substation Automation Technology – Swissgrid AG



Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2020.


Boost your Security by Design Strategy

Are you in the process of enhancing the security-by-design of your smart grid products and services? Are you unclear about the technical direction utility cybersecurity leaders are taking and what their future product requirements are? Would you benefit from getting under the skin of their implementation roadmaps and understanding their future investment strategies, so that you can align your product development efforts with real-world customer demands?

Then look no further! Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020 provides you with the opportunity to do this and more. Over 3 intensive conference days, you will hear in-depth insights from 12+ utility cybersecurity leaders. You will understand how their prevention, detection, and response strategies have served them to date, where they have fallen short, and what their expectations of the supplier community is going forward. And you will get the opportunity to interact repeatedly with this hard to reach group, through a range of facilitated networking sessions, strengthening your onsite relationship building opportunity, and easing up your post-event follow up process.

Just some of the benefits of attending this meeting include:

  • Case study driven programme
    Drawing on the insights, lessons learnt and future roadmaps of pioneering utilities all of whom are charged with technology scouting and project specifying
  • End-user driven speaker line-up
    Selected on the strength of the projects they are involved in, their pivotal roles in implementation decision making, and the results they have already achieved
  • Technology innovation panel
    Providing the opportunity to discuss the latest tech innovations and have end-users stress test and influence supplier product development to ensure maximum commercial alignment
  • Roundtable discussions
    Enabling intimate discussions in small breakout groups, a great opportunity to get under the skin of end users’ real-life challenges and share your product expertise in an informal setting
  • Solution Zone
    A focused display of the latest cybersecurity solutions providing you with the opportunity to view leading edge utility cybersecurity solutions and benchmark your own approach
  • Live demo labs
    Held in a private meeting room, this 1:1 meeting format allows you to research the latest solutions on the market and get under the skin of end-user requirements
  • Networking evening reception
    Open to all participants, this ice-breaking session allows you to get to know participants on an informal level, deepen your existing relationships and establish brand new contacts

PS: Early Bird Rate! Save €200 on delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 28th February

PPS: Group Booking Discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time


Case Study: Alliander on DER Security

Whilst DSOs have a responsibility to progress the integration of green energy generation, smart utilities need to integrate DERs without compromising the security of the grid. It falls to the CISO to eliminate cybersecurity risks from DER integration that would impact quality, reliability and continuity of supply across the grid.

With DERs not previously considered part of national critical infrastructure, new regulation is being developed that DSOs must adopt. The challenge of reducing risk in DER integration is further complicated by DSOs having to adjust to the increased data loads that DERs provide as well as needing to understand the capabilities of emerging IDS monitoring systems.

Alliander are heading up a new working group tackling DER cyber risk, led by their Project Manager Tim Joosten. We are excited to announce that Tim will be joining us at this year’s Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020 conference, presenting on this and securing a DER integrated grid by exploring the cybersecurity risks they present.

We recently caught up with Tim to hear more about his presentation:

“At Alliander we are investigating increasing hosted capacity in DERs by adding control algorithms that achieves validation in the distribution grid through controlling active power. This will therefore allow DSO’s to rely on the continuity and reliability of these DERs.

In this project we discovered that DERs, as with all parts of the grid, are sometimes not the highest priority and there is lots of room for improvement. As they are not up to standard for critical infrastructure, we are currently working with other DSO’s on starting a working group to explore ways to increase cybersecurity levels in DER systems.

DSO’s are responsible for grid continuity and stability, part of this means that as we rely more on DER, we have to consider their reliability and ensure they are responsible for their own production plans.

Whilst we don’t want to slow down the growth of DERs by only enforcing more stringent security measures, we have seen successful integration of these with regards to EV charging, so the hope is to assist in the transfer of some of these standards into the DER environment.”


At Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020 in Berlin, Tim’s presentation will be one of 12+ utility case-studies by experts from regulatory bodies and consultants working for utilities, showcasing the implementation of the future of cybersecurity solutions. Take advantage of a comprehensive programme covering legislation & standards, IT & OT interoperability, advanced technologies, supplier relationships encompassing security by design, and much more. This is a truly unmissable event for all those working on a digitised smart grid looking to enhance their grid’s cybersecurity solution.

Hear from 12+ utility case studies including:

  • Alexander Harsch – Head of Cyber Security – Innogy
  • Ivo Maritz – CISO – BKW Energie
  • Beate Fiedler – CISO/Cybersecurity Manager – Alpiq
  • Indrek Kunnapuu – CISO – Elektrilevi
  • Dragomir Vatkov – Security Architect – Innogy SE
  • Tim Joosten – Project Manager Grid Innovation – Qirion (Alliander)
  • Anjos Nijk – Managing Director – ENCS
  • Ivan Dragnev – Principal Technical Cybersecurity Leader – EPRI
  • Frances Cleveland – President – Xanthus Consulting & Convenor – IEC TC 57 WG 15

What previous attendees had to say:

“Excellent conference, excellent programme, excellent networking, and a great opportunity to learn and share about cyber security. The most hot topic in the digital transformation of the energy sector”
Aurelio Blanquet, Director, Division of Automation and Telecommunications & Chair EE-ISAC – EDP Distribuição
“A great event focused on the energy sector, great networking and collaboration. The attendees are knowledgeable and participate in the subjects discussed”
David Willacy, Global Head Digital Risk and External UK\EU Engagement – National Grid
It was a well organised event with interesting presentations and networking opportunities” 
Sinisa Sekulic, Project Manager – Končar Power Plant and Traction Engineering Inc.
“A good platform to share experiences, know-how and ideas to get the efforts in the same direction in the energy sector.” 
Markus Lenzin, Head of Substation Automation Technology – Swissgrid AG

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:    +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2020.

PS: Early Bird Rate! Save €200 on delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 28th February.

PPS: Group Booking Discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


Registration is Live for Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020

Registration is now live for the 4th edition of Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020 conference, exhibition and networking forum. This 3-day case-study-driven, implementation-focused conference provides electric utilities with a roadmap for propelling their prevention, detection and response strategies to the next level.

Why this conference?

Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020 is a vendor-independent, application-focused, case-study driven conference designed specifically to meet the needs of smart utility organisations.

Through an in-depth and meticulously researched programme, you will:

  • Hear the latest insights and lessons learnt from cybersecurity leaders working on end-to-end smart grid cybersecurity projects.
  • Gain deep insights into the factors that influenced their choice of cybersecurity solutions, and the steps they took to ensure collaboration between specialists from the OT and IT fields, in making implementation of next generation solutions a practical reality.
  • Learn about the technical, organisational, and cultural barriers they faced in achieving robust end-to-end cybersecurity, and how these were overcome.

With the frequency and complexity of cyber-attacks increasing exponentially it has never been more imperative to ensure your cybersecurity strategy is up to the task of defending an increasingly complex critical infrastructure.

Discussion themes include:

Digitisation
Advancing cyber and physical security strategies to keep pace with an increased attack surface 
Advanced Technologies
Leveraging next generation technology trends to arm against future threats 
NIS DirectiveImplementing the latest guidelines and fine-tuning your regulatory compliance
Supplier Relationship Management
Achieving cost-effective and future-proofed security by design
The CISO
Developing the role and responsibilities of the CISO to speed up the implementation of next generation prevention, detection and response

Who should attend?

CISO’s are under continued pressure to meet the demands of the board, European and national regulators and the NIS Directive, and must align their teams to work effectively and efficiently to drive cybersecurity programmes to the next level.

This programme is designed to encompass all aspects of smart grid cybersecurity and is therefore relevant to representatives of both central cybersecurity departments, and cybersecurity leads positioned in your key domains such as substations, SCADA systems, telecoms, data analytics among others.

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:    +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2020.

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €400 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 31st January 2020

PPS: Group Booking Discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


Join the Solution Zone

The 4th annual Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020 conference, exhibition and networking forum is now just over 3 months away, meaning this is the final call for solution providers wishing to join us in Berlin at the end of March 2020.

If you know of an up and coming cybersecurity solution provider that you would like to meet in our solution zone, please get in touch at registration@smartgrid-forums.comand we will be happy to investigate and invite.

Supplier categories of greatest interest to our end-user utility audience include: 

  • Advanced protection solutions
  • Integrated firewall solutions
  • Advanced monitoring solutions 
  • Solution testing & qualification 
  • Integrated IT & OT security solutions 
  • Intrusion detection systems

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for suppliers to meet with smart grid cybersecurity experts from across Europe. Plus, hear 14+ utility case studies over 3 intensive days of implementation reviews, intimate roundtable discussions and evening networking reception.

Being capped at 10 stands, we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest tools, technologies and services for our audience and maximum visibility for each exhibitor, so contact us today at registration@smartgrid-forums.com to recommend the solution providers you want to see this year!

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Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Indrek Kunnapuu – CISO – Elektrilevi
  • Alexander Harsch – Head of Cybersecurity – Innogy
  • Dragomir Vatkov – Security Architect – Innogy
  • Anna Muijzer – Cybersecurity Consultant – Alliander (Qirion)
  • Chaitanya Bisale – Cybersecurity Manager – Siemens
  • Bas Kruimer – Director Intelligent Networks & Communication – DNV GL
  • Anjos Nijk – Director – ENCS
  • Brad Pent – Senior Security Consultant – ENCS

…with many others in the process of finalising their contributions, watch this space!

Find out more

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:    +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in March 2020.

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! Save €400 on delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking before Friday 31st January 2020

PPS: Group Booking Discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.


Save the Date: 6-8 October 2020

Transformation of the smart grid through digitisation and DER integration is introducing unprecedented levels of grid complexity. With these complexities come new vulnerabilities that are exposing smart utilities to the nastiest cyberthreats in smart utility history. As CISOs prepare their organisations, teams and solution providers to combat this ever-growing threat landscape, it is becoming clear that hacker capability is advancing at a much faster pace than utility cybersecurity teams are able to keep pace with. And this must change!

The 4th annual Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020 takes place at a critical time for smart utilities. This intensive 3-day programme will arm CISOs and their teams with the information and inspiration they need to drive their prevention, detection and response strategies to a whole new level of cunning efficiency and ultra-effectiveness.

As we finalise the speaker line-up we wanted to give you the opportunity to put the dates in your diary, alert your line manager, invite colleagues from other departments and encourage your solution partners to join the most technically in-depth and strategically forward looking assessment of smart utility cybersecurity strategies and implementation plans yet.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Indrek Kunnapuu – CISO – Elektrilevi
  • Alexander Harsch – Head of Cybersecurity – Innogy
  • Dragomir Vatkov – Security Architect – Innogy
  • Anna Muijzer – Cybersecurity Consultant – Alliander (Qirion)
  • Chaitanya Bisale – Cybersecurity Manager – Siemens
  • Bas Kruimer – Director Intelligent Networks & Communication – DNV GL
  • Anjos Nijk – Director – ENCS
  • Brad Pent – Senior Security Consultant – ENCS

…with many others in the process of finalising their contributions, watch this space!

Find out more

Discussion themes include:

Enhancing Internal Processes 

  • Utility Panel: Role and Responsibility of CISO: Elevating the role of the CISO and prioritising the areas for their attention to achieve the biggest cybersecurity impact and return on investment
  • Risk Management: Integrating internal risk management with external collaboration to achieve a superior cybersecurity defence solution
  • Digitisation: Developing a combined cyber and physical security strategy to better protect the ever-increasing attack surface as smart utilities adopt more digital processes
  • IT OT Convergence: Progressing IT OT convergence through new organisational structures that support closer collaboration between IT and OT colleagues and achieve seamless cybersecurity
  • Remote Access Management: Identifying the shift in cybersecurity risk associated with remote access management and developing an advanced cybersecurity strategy to mitigate this
  • Supplier Relationship Management: Collaborating with suppliers to utilise their technical expertise whilst developing cost effective future-proofed solutions that are fit for smart utilities’ purpose

Achieving Regulatory and Standards Compliance 

  • Implementing IEC 62443: Demonstrating the value of securing the smart grid at a systemic level to integrate different levels of security maturity in a multi-vendor industrial control system
  • NIS Directive Evolution: Reviewing how successfully the NIS directive has been implemented and how gaps in the standard are being addressed to enforce a more stringent cybersecurity structure across Europe
  • NIS Directive in Practice: Understanding the criteria that led to the successful implementation of the NIS directive in different European countries
  • NIS Directive in Practice: Implementing NIS on a national level within a regulated framework
  • Implementing IEC 62531 & Applying ISO2700: Leveraging industry experience of security standards when designing or maturing cybersecurity solutions across the network

Tightening Grid Security 

  • Technology Innovation Panel: Security by Design: Delivering cybersecurity assurance with a comprehensive design process supported by an inclusive testing and validation programme to increase grid reliability
  • Substation Security: Developing an integrated cyber & physical security strategy to support the more complex needs of multi-vendor, multi-edition substations
  • SCADA & Control Systems: Futureproofing SCADA cybersecurity through advanced prevention & detection techniques to guard against a more dynamic threat landscape
  • Smart Metering Security: Developing a smart meter cybersecurity strategy that addresses the vulnerabilities of the existing install base and future complexities introduced by DER
  • Cloud Security: Preparing for the adoption of more cloud-based services with increased interconnectivity and mitigating the risks on a systemic level
  • IoT Security: Identifying the new vulnerabilities introduced by IoT and developing a long-term strategy to mitigate the risk of the exponential increase in attack surface
  • DER Security: Developing your cybersecurity framework for a DER integrated smart grid environment, ensuring adequate visibility and control over grid extensions
  • Threat Actors: Understanding the new capabilities of the threat landscape from nation-state to insider threats, and applying highly targeted measures to mitigate risk across the smart grid

Prevention, Detection and Response

  • Advanced Prevention Techniques: Implementing next generation prevention solutions to guard against an evolving landscape in a more dynamic digital grid
  • Advanced Detection Techniques: Incorporating machine learning with IDS technologies to benefit from continuous learning in your cybersecurity solution
  • Advanced Response Strategies: Optimising your response strategy by ensuring a speedy and complete recovery at minimal disruption to grid operations

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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility cybersecurity leaders and specialists? Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more!

Capped at 10 stands we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest cybersecurity solutions and services for our audience and maximum visibility and interaction levels for each exhibitor.

View exhibition opportunities

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 8057 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Smart Grid Cybersecurity 2020

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2020.

PS: Group Booking Discount! Save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.