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Getting ahead of the threat by understanding how cybercrime groups are re-organising and collaborating to target the power grid
Webinar: 16:00-17:00 CET
Wednesday 28th April 2021
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Free to attend for:
CISO CTO COO OT Security Lead IT Security Lead Head of SCADA Infrastructure Head of Substation Automation Head of Telecom Networks

Welcome to Navigating the Threat-Scape

The past year has seen a sharp rise in cyberattacks against the power grid, with sophisticated social engineering tactics being leveraged by cybercriminals to open new doorways into the grid. With a hyperconnected power grid now the norm, and the trend toward WFH and BYOD gaining momentum, power grid technical workforces and the infrastructure they protect, are more accessible and more susceptible to the damaging effects of nation state actors, ransomware attackers and hacking enthusiasts, than ever before.

This 60-minute webinar deep-dives into the lessons learnt from the most recent cyberattacks on the power grid, providing insights into how cybercrime groups are evolving, re-organising and honing their skills to enable higher-stakes activities. Through a series of presentations and panel discussions we predict the nature of the attacks that cybercriminals are likely to launch on complex IT and OT converged infrastructures, and we quantify the risk facing the grid in the next 2-3 years. Finally, we identify the organisational, workforce and technical strategies urgently required to strengthen your cybersecurity posture and enable you to get ahead, and stay ahead, of the threat-scape.

By getting to know your adversary inside out, and being able to predict their every move, power grid cybersecurity teams and their engineering colleagues stand a much stronger chance of building and maintaining smart grid infrastructures that are both secure-by-design, and adaptive to the resiliency demands of a more malicious threat landscape. 

Webinar Programme


Welcome address from the host

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Mandana White, CEO – Smart Grid Forums


Session 1: Examining how cybercrime group profiles are changing and morphing to enable their migration of hacking healthcare and banking systems to complex power grid IT and OT converged infrastructures

Profiling key adversary groups and understanding how they are organised, what their strategies, tactics, and ROI expectations are, and how they will attack the power grid in the next 2-3 years
Determining how social engineering approaches are evolving to enable ease of access to critical power grid IT and OT domains
Leveraging advances in threat intelligence tools and techniques to stay adaptive and get ahead of this rapidly changing threat landscape
Dr Smith is the Deputy Director of the Cyber Technology Institute research group at De Montfort University. His research centres on investigating new ways to defend old technology, with a particular focus on Critical National Infrastructure and Smart grids, and developing new, more pro-active incident response techniques.
Richard Smith
Dr Richard Smith, Deputy Director, Cyber Technology Institute Research Group
De Montfort University (UK)

Session 2: Lessons learnt from attacks on the Ukranian power grid operator Khmelnytskoblenergo

Profiling the hacker groups and understanding their motivations, organisation, collaboration and ROI expectations
Determining how they gained a foothold into the power grid and the scale of the damage caused
Applying lessons learnt from these incidents to strengthening the cybersecurity posture of the end-to-end organisation and implementing effective counterattack measures
Jon Wells is an active member of the OSGP Alliance, the global non-profit association dedicated to promoting the adoption of the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and infrastructure for smart grid applications towards a future proof modern smart grid. Jon has 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, moving into the similar industry of smart grid a few years ago. Jon has held director roles in technical consulting, business consulting, and business development and is currently VP of Customer Solutions for Networked Energy Services.
Jon Wells
Jon Wells, Chairman Technical Committee
OSGP Alliance

Session 3: Implementing next generation cybersecurity strategies and solutions to guard against a more malicious threat landscape

Evaluating how next generation cybersecurity solutions are being developed to protect the power grid from nation state actors, ransomware attackers and hacking enthusiasts
Sharpening attribution strategies and working with law-enforcement to re-direct hackers from the power grid to the prison system
Understanding how ‘honeypot’ countermeasures can best be applied to deter and disarm adversaries
Antoine is a certified Global Industrial Cyber Professional (GIAC-GICSP) trained at SANS institute, he holds a MSc of Telecom & IT and an MBA. With 20+ years’ experience in product management, sales and marketing, Antoine has mostly worked for industrial clients together with General Electric, ALSTOM, and Altran. Antoine currently leads the OT strategy and revenue growth at Fortinet in EMEA.
Antoine D’Haussy, OT Subject Matter Expert and BD lead for EMEA

Q&A & Panel Debate


Closing remarks from the host

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Mandana White, CEO – Smart Grid Forums


Close of webinar