Securing Energy Infrastructure: Insights from "Risk and Reward" Webinar

Securing Energy Infrastructure

In the rapidly evolving landscape of utility operational technology (OT) and industrial control network cybersecurity, staying informed is not just beneficial—it's essential. Recently, the webinar "Risk and Reward: A Review of the Top 10 OT Security Risks in Energy Infrastructure and Federal Funding to Fix It" offered invaluable insights into this critical domain. Hosted by Landis+Gyr’s Mike Del Campo, Global Principal Security Architect, and Marguerite Behringer, Director of Regulatory Policy, the webinar delved deep into the challenges and solutions surrounding OT security in energy infrastructure. 

Evolving Threat Landscapes and Policy Initiatives 

The webinar began by acknowledging the dynamic nature of cybersecurity threats facing energy infrastructure. Legacy security practices, once effective, are now inadequate in safeguarding against sophisticated cyber threats. With utility OT systems becoming increasingly interconnected and digitized, the risk of cyberattacks looms larger than ever before. 

In response to these challenges, the U.S. government has been proactive in increasing energy cybersecurity research and development funding. This policy initiative aims to bolster security measures across the energy grid from the edge to the substation. The federal government clearly recognizes that these investments are crucial for enhancing the resilience of critical infrastructure against cyber threats. 

Insights from Rhebo's Industrial Security Assessment 

Drawing from the in-depth Industrial Security Assessment conducted in OT networks by Landis+Gyr security arm Rhebo, the webinar shed light on the top 10 most common OT risks identified within customer OT networks. These findings not only provide valuable insights into the vulnerabilities inherent in energy supply companies and industrial firms but also serve as a microcosm of broader trends observed in utility trade organizations and government priorities. 

Key Takeaways and Actionable Steps 

The webinar didn't just stop at highlighting risks; it also offered actionable steps for bolstering OT security. Attendees gained an understanding of how these risks jeopardize the security and availability of OT systems, along with insights into open and upcoming federal programs to support cybersecurity upgrades for utilities. 

Moreover, Rhebo's expertise was instrumental in identifying vulnerabilities and proposing practical solutions. From real-world examples to policy implications, the webinar bridged the gap between theoretical knowledge, real-world risks and practical implementation. 

On-Demand Viewing: Your Gateway to Insights 

For those unable to attend the live event, fret not. The on-demand viewing option ensures that you don't miss out on these invaluable insights. By registering for the webinar, you gain access to a wealth of knowledge that can empower you to strengthen your OT security within just 60 days. 

In conclusion, "Risk and Reward" offered a comprehensive overview of the OT security landscape in energy infrastructure, intertwining real-world risks with policy implications and actionable strategies. Whether you're a utility professional, a cybersecurity expert, or simply concerned about the resilience of our energy grid, this webinar is a must-watch. Register now and embark on a journey towards a more secure and resilient energy future. 

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