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Partnering with law enforcement to evolve the rules of cyber attribution for the power grid and drive cybercrime deterrence

Webinar: 16:00-17:00 CET
Wednesday 27th April 2022
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Welcome to Cyber-Attribution & Deterrence

The past two years have seen a sharp rise in cyber-attacks aimed at the power grid with little corresponding increase in the rates of attribution and prosecution. As power grid operators continue to plough investment into cybersecurity solutions, upskill their workforce, and refine their response and recovery procedures, there remains a general feeling that we may not get ahead of the threat any time soon. Unless we develop new rules around attribution that are fit for purpose within cyberspace.
In this 60-min webinar, representatives of DNV, the FBI, the NCSC and RAND Europe, share their knowledge, expertise and opinions on the current rules of attribution, how they need to evolve to ensure their effectiveness in cyberspace, and how power grid operators can work more closely with law enforcement to develop these rules. We unpack the complexities of attribution, delve into the information sharing initiatives deployed by law enforcement agencies, and examine emerging technologies that promise better support of the attribution process that could lead to more prosecutions and deterrence.
When power grid operators contribute more effectively to the intelligence pool we collectively build a societal firewall that will get us head and keep us ahead of the threat once and for all.

Webinar Programme


Welcome address from the hosts

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Mandana White, CEO
Smart Grid Forums
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Shaun Reardon, Principal Cybersecurity Consultant

Session 1: Understanding how the threat landscape is evolving, its implications for the power grid, and requirement for new rules around attribution that lead to more effective deterrence

Quantifying the threat to the power grid from cybercriminals, nation state actors, and hacktivists in the next 2-3 years
Understanding how cyber attribution is currently being managed and determining the factors that must be addressed to improve its effectiveness
Determining how power grid operators can improve their response and recovery procedures in support of the attribution process

Mat is the Chief Technology Officer for Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) at the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), where his goal is to ensure the technical capabilities (knowledge, skills and tools) exist to meet the cyber security and resilience needs of UK CNI sectors.

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Mat P, Chief Technology Officer, Critical National Infrastructure

Session 2: Lessons from the FBI’s partnership programme with the Energy sector to support better information sharing in support of more proactive cybersecurity strategies

Examining the cybersecurity challenges facing the US power sector in terms of threat actors, attack surface, and geopolitical pressures
Understanding the scope of the information sharing initiatives launched in support of a more proactive approach to cybersecurity in the power sector
Evaluating the lessons learnt so far and mapping the future of FBI information sharing initiatives to help build a more robust community firewall

Kermie Bledsoe is an Intelligence Analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Division, Critical Infrastructure Intelligence and Engagement Unit. Mr. Bledsoe is assigned to the unit’s energy sector team where he provides strategic analysis on cyber threats to the energy sector and sub-sectors. Mr. Bledsoe has 13 years of analytical experience where he has provided expertise through trend-based analysis using multiple intelligence disciplines and methods. 

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Kermie Bledsoe, Intelligence Analyst

Gabriel Maxwell entered the FBI in 2002. His assigned work spanned Human Trafficking, Counterintelligence and Cyber. While a Supervisory Special Agent, he led an elite team of FBI Cyber Agents positioned throughout Europe, served as a Delegate G-7 High Technology Crime Sub-Group, and was a regular Speaker at the prestigious George C. Marshall Centre for Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany. In 2019 he was selected as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Director where he represented the FBI’s Cyber Policy Interests at the Department of Justice, National Security Council, Pentagon and White House. In 2021, Gabriel took lead in formalizing the FBI’s ICS program within the Cyber Technical Operations team.
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Gabriel Maxwell, Supervisory Special Agent


Session 3: Evaluating state of the art technologies and techniques that will aid ore effective cyber attribution and lead to deterrence  

Mapping out the current blocks to cyber attribution in terms of technology, policies and procedures
Examining the potential of next generation technological solutions that will enable more accurate cyber attribution and determining when these will be rolled out extensively
Determining what power grid operators can do today to pave the way to more frequent and accurate cyber attribution tomorrow
Alexi Drew is a senior analyst in Defence, Security, and Infrastructure at RAND Europe. She has previously held positions at The Policy Institute (King's College London), the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) at King’s, and the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET). Her work focuses upon emerging technologies, the international norms surrounding them, and their impact upon international relations and geopolitics.
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Dr. Alexi Drew, Senior Analyst, Defence & Security Research Group

RAND Europe

Q&A & Panel Debate


Closing remarks from the hosts

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Mandana White, CEO
Smart Grid Forums
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Shaun Reardon, Principal Cybersecurity Consultant

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