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

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 3691 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: 31 March – 2 April 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!

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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 3691 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.