IoT Security issues: the roles of OT and IT in a secure grid model

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SMi group reports: Alliander, Enel, Enexis and SSE will present at the European Smart Grid Cyber Security event (7-8 March 2016, Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London), discussing the industry hot topics such as the roles of OT and IT in a secure grid model, system vulnerability and how EA needs to be stronger for grid.

European Smart Grid Cyber Security 2016

Alliander, Enel, Enexis and SSE will meet at the European Smart Grid Cyber Security event to discuss the latest hot topics in the industry

Entering a digital age, IoT is influencing utilities even more, in particular smart meters and smart grids, which will continue to evolve. During 2016 is expected to witness more examples of security vulnerabilities related to IoT. The lack of standardisation leads to issues such as data that is not encrypted, insecure web interfaces etc. The security issues faced everyday by IT teams such as network, application and mobile security are all combined in IoT devices, which is making IoT the new target for hackers. (Source: Information Management, Evolving Our Security in 2016, 5 Feb 2016)

Roelof Klein, System Engineer/ Consulting, Alliander will be presenting his speech on: Understanding the roles of OT and IT in a secure grid model, discussing attaining optimum protection of the grid: IT and OT cases. Roelof will explain the urgent need to implement a holistic standardisation environment. He will share his experience about Aliander’s live lab and the conclusions being drawn.

Furthermore, the audience will benefit from the speech from Enexis (Mauriche Kroos, Security Officer and Louis DIetvorst, Enterprise Architect) on open data and end user engagement.

Joe Dauncey, Chair, Energy Network Association Cyber Security Group and Head of Information Risk and Security, ENA/ SSE will be explaining how the sector benchmarking in order to prioritise the development of capability and how UK energy networks are developing risk management practices.

Giovanni Copolla, Product Manager, Global Network Technology, Enel will be discussing security concerns for end-user smart grid application: The case of electric mobility and how to ensure that security is a focus through design.

This year’s event will feature exclusive case studies from a range of European utility companies, discovering that assess the most pressing issues within the industry. These include:

  • How the communication issues between IT and OT departments can be overcome,
  • The important regulatory standards and how to make your company compliant,
  • The latest technological developments in cyber security and much more.

Those who are interested in attendance are advised to register now to avoid disappointment – places are now limited.

Other speaker panel for 2016 includes:

  • Stephen Daniels, Strategic Business Advisor, Cyber Security Practice, CGI
  • Graham Wright, Head of Global Digital Risk & Security & CISO, National Grid
  • Steve Soar, Cyber Security Specialist, Darktrace Ltd
  • Adrian Page, DCC Readiness Manager, Smart Metering Customer Programme, E.ON UK
  • David Higgins, Professional Service Manager, CyberArk
  • Lionel Jacobs, SCADA Security Architect, Palo Alto Networks, and many more

Running alongside the conference will be an exclusive half-day post-conference workshop entitled ‘Making Information Security Work for Your Organisation’ (Led by IT Governance)

For more information or to register visit the event website at

European Smart Grid Cyber Security
7th - 8th of March 2016
London, UK
Contact e-mail: aserazetdinova(at)smi-online(dot)co(dot)uk
Contact number: James Hitchen on +44 (0) 20 7827 6054
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