April 21, 2015
On April 9, at the meeting of the NAESB Wholesale Electric Quadrant Cybersecurity Subcommittee (WEQ CSS) in Houston, PSI President Sean Williams presented “Electric Infrastructure Protection,” a brief on the risks to and vulnerabilities of the security of the energy grid in the 48 contiguous states (CONUS). He emphasized “resilient solutions” to ensure in-depth cyber and physical protection of the infrastructure in order to:
- Protect the asset
- Protect the asset’s ability to recover
- Protect the asset’s ability to reconstitute
Williams underlined PSI’s philosophy that security, like safety and quality, has to be totally integrated into the organization’s culture, starting as a priority of top leadership. Leaders also need to look globally across the organization to find and analyze interdependencies—both internal and external—that could allow a breach at a single point to cascade through multiple systems. Grid managers must “think like an adversary” as they test and evaluate critical systems.
NAESB (https://www.naesb.org/ ) is a forum for developing and promulgating standards in the wholesale and retail natural gas and electricity industries.