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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
10 am - 11 am PT | 1 pm - 2 pm ET



Physical-Cyber Security Convergence to Safeguard the Grid from Complex Threats
Protecting the electric grid and associated critical assets and systems from both cyber and physical attacks urgently needs attention.

Utilities are allocating large budgets for security with no relief in sight from the myriad of threats that range from external intrusion, cyberattacks like Black Energy, to Insider Threat from compromised employees or contractors. The sheer number of security automation tools are leading to dashboard fatigue requiring security professionals to look at too many screens while they are scrambling to manually connect the dots to identify the attacks.

In this session learn how IT-OT-Physical Security Convergence can enable capabilities that the GSOC (Global Security Operations Center) can leverage to detect, identify and then respond to unfolding incidents. Uncover new technologies that will deliver a common operating platform for security practitioners that features predictive risk analytics and machine learning to detect anomalies and respond a lot faster to complex threats from multiple sources that combine cyber and physical threats.

Attendees will learn about:

  • What are the known threats to the power grid in North America and how can a utility’s security department better mitigate risk?

  • What current technologies are utilities using to deter, detect, and delay physical threats to their corporate, transmission, and generation sites?

  • Why are Utilities spending more and more on Security and Compliance and yet the number of incidents continue to grow?

  • How can you identify, isolate, and respond to complex threats that extend beyond just the cyber domain?

  • Is it possible to consolidate alerts and events on a single "super dashboard"? Will that help me categorize alerts and help reduce false positives?

  • Can I leverage predictive risk analytics to connect the dots faster to address unfolding incidents that could lead to operational disruption?


michael-assante-80x100.jpgBrian Harrell, CPP
Director, Security and Risk Management Energy Practice

Brian Harrell, CPP is the Director of Security and Risk Management within Navigant’s Energy Practice, providing energy companies with expert consultation on risk mitigation, protective measures, and compliance guidance. Prior to Navigant, Brian was the Director of the NERC Electricity Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ES-ISAC) and was charged with leading NERC’s efforts to provide timely threat and risk information to over 1900 bulk power system owners/operators and government stakeholders. In addition, Brian was a subject matter expert and Standard Drafting Team member for the NERC CIP-014 physical security standard. Brian led many key initiatives at NERC including the creation of the Grid Security Exercise (GridEx), Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC) physical security guidance documents, and helped position NERC as a leader in grid security. During Brian’s time at NERC, he was also the Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs, where he led CIP compliance staff, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee, security training, and physical security outreach. Prior to NERC, Brian was the CIP Manager for the SERC Reliability Corporation, where he oversaw security related matters for the region. Before coming to the electricity sector, Brian was the Sector Security Specialist for the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Brian specialized in securing high risk chemical facilities and Continuity of Operations (COOP) for DHS. Brian also served in the US Marine Corps as an Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection Instructor providing threat assessments for DOD military installations, small-arms expertise, and security force management.

JasvirGill_Headshot_80x100.jpgJasvir Gill
Founder and CEO

Jasvir Gill is the Founder and CEO of AlertEnterprise and has more than 20 years of experience in security, compliance and access management. Prior to AlertEnterprise, Jasvir was the Founder and CEO of application security company Virsa Systems where he led the design of the Virsa Continuous Compliance Suite. An early pioneer in establishing governance risk and compliance as a software market segment, Jasvir drove the growth of Virsa as an enterprise software provider signing up over 400 major corporations and organizations as customers. Virsa Systems was acquired by SAP. SAP made significant additional investments in this business and went on to sign up over 1,000 enterprise customers under the continued leadership of Jasvir who took on the role of Senior Vice President and General Manager of the SAP GRC Business Unit. In 2007 Jasvir left SAP to establish AlertEnterprise and implement his vision to deliver the next generation of security applications.
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