Sean Williams Briefs the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) on Grid Security

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.

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