EVENT: Power Grid CISOs and their IT and OT cybersecurity teams review of the latest IT and OT cybersecurity prevention, detection and response strategies

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SGF-Cybersecurity Week 2023 hosted by Smart Grid Forums draws together 120+ power grid CISOs and their IT and OT cybersecurity leads for a week-long review of recent cybersecurity implementations, as well as the opportunity to collaborate and cooperate on getting the power grid ahead of the threat.

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SGF-Cybersecurity Week 2023 | 15th-19th May

“Smart Grid Forums is on the leading edge of grid security.”Don Miller, Chief Technology Evangelist - Network Perception

Recent research conducted by Smart Grid Forums among European power grid operators reveals that the sector is finally uniting in its fight against cybercriminals. Recent trends in WFH and BYOD as well as the Ukraine war have exacerbated the need for the interconnected European grid sector to collaborate, cooperate and exponentially increase its cyber defences as well as implement a more robust offensive cybersecurity strategy to protect Europe from the energy security risks.

As a result Smart Grid Forums have launched SGF-Cybersecurity Week 2023 a week-long conference, exhibition and networking forum, taking place 15-17 May 2023 at the Park Plaza in Amsterdam, providing a safe, secure and highly vetted environment for collaborative conversations around next generation grid security. This forum brings together utility CISOs with their IT and OT cybersecurity teams for an in-depth discussion around the impact of geopolitics on the evolving threat landscape, the emergence of new grid vulnerabilities in the context of increased grid innovation and interconnection, the latest IT and OT cybersecurity solutions on the market and in development, and the implications of multiple regulatory frameworks with competing demands underpinning cybersecurity strategies.

The week begins with a Risk Management briefing delivered by utility CISOs and their advisors to provide clarity on the strategic frameworks that guide technical efforts. The main 3-day conference provides a series of morning plenary sessions addressing the macro issues such as Regulation, Workforce Development, and Data Management, and afternoon technical tracks focused on next generation cybersecurity strategies and solutions in the IT and OT domains. The week wraps up with a practical workshop on Cloud Cybersecurity enabling utility cybersecurity teams to make the business case and establish a robust security strategy to guarantee data security and gain organisational buy-in for greater levels of cloud migration.

With 70% of sessions being addressed by utility cybersecurity representatives, this week-long programme provides a truly end-user driven conversation with insights into successes and setbacks as well as clear directions on future utility roadmaps. Alongside the case-study agenda is a solutions zone displaying the latest IT and OT prevention, detection, and response solutions. Weaved into the week-long programme are a series of facilitated networking sessions supporting more intensive collaboration between IT and OT security colleagues as well enabling more effective technology scouting and partnering activities.


Monday 15th May 2023: Risk Management Briefing
The week begins with this insightful briefing on the Risk Management priorities of utility CISOs, with presentations shared on the current regulatory landscape, the implications of new standards, securing on-going cybersecurity budget, driving workforce development, and spearheading collaboration. Participants will come away with a clear understanding of what’s keeping the CISO awake at night, and how the entire cybersecurity team and ecosystem must align, to get the power grid ahead of the threat.

Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th May 2023: IT & OT Cybersecurity Conference & Exhibition
The main conference is comprised of morning plenary sessions where all participants are in one room, addressing macro issues such as regulation, workforce development and data management, and afternoon technical tracks focused on the specific implementation issues impacting IT cybersecurity and OT cybersecurity teams. A combined programme of facilitated networking activities enable IT and OT colleagues to come together and share experiences, expertise, and gain insights into each other’s priorities. Running alongside the conference is an Exhibition area with a focused display of IT and OT cybersecurity solutions proven in the power grid environment.

Friday 19th May 2023: Cloud Cybersecurity Workshop
The week wraps up with this Cloud cybersecurity workshop helping you to clarify the risks and opportunities of Cloud and Hybrid-Cloud solutions for the power grid. Participants will come away from this day with a clear action plan for gaining investment, aligning the workforce, and driving the implementation of Cloud solutions across the power grid.


Hanne Hansen, CISO - Energinet
Annilisa Arge Klevang, CISO - SEV
Catherine Buhler, CISO - Energy Australia
Indrek Kunnapuu, CISO - Elektrelevi
Erki Guhse, CISO - Enefit Connect
Jeremi Gryka, Deputy CIO / ICT Security - PSE
Greg Blezard, Head of Information Security - ENWL
Michael Knuchel, Head of Substation Automation - Swissgrid
Shawn McBurnie, Director IT/OT Cybersecurity and Compliance - Northland Power
Siv Houmb, Senior Adviser - Statnett
Michael Ring, Information Security Officer - TenneT
Phil Litherland, Cyber Security - OT Security Product Manager - National Grid
Janus Ahrensbach, ICS Security Architect - Energinet
Tom Joran Ronning, Team Leader of Operational Security - Statnett
Luka Mocnic, ICT Infrastructure Architect - Elektro Gorenjska
Olivier Clement, Head of Cyber Security Anticipation & External affairs - Enedis
Sampo Turunen, Specialist Secondary Systems - Fingrid
Barry Coatesworth, Cybersecurity Adviser - Scottish Power
Janne Hagen, Special Adviser Contingency Planning - NVE
Aurelio Blanquet, Secretary General - EE-ISAC
Massimo Rocca, Cybersecurity Manager - EE-ISAC
Anjos Nijk, Senior Representative - ENCS
Chris Kubecka, CEO - Hypasec
Lukasz Kisielewski, Manager OT/ICS - Accenture
Isabell Neise, Head of Business Development - UNISS
Dmytro Cherkashyn, Head of Cybersecurity Development - UNISS
Venkatesh Gollapalli, Security Architect - EY
Tomasz Wysztygiel, Cybersecurity Manager - EY OT/IOT Hub
Leandros Maglaras, Professor of Cybersecurity - De Montfort University
Laszlo Erdodi, Associate Professor - NTNU
Ivo Maritz, Senior Adviser, Cyber Security - Maritz Consulting
Andy Bochman, Senior Grid Strategist National & Homeland Security - Idaho National Lab
Stephan Beirer, ICS/OT Security - GAI Netconsult


“Smart Grid Forums is on the leading edge of grid security.”
Don Miller, Chief Technology Evangelist - Network Perception

"Great opportunity to learn from others how they handle the common problems allowing us to find the most effective and efficient solution. This is added value at its best!"
Michael Knuchel, Head of SAS Engineering – Swissgrid

"It was a relief to realise that SGN are not alone in their struggle to implement IEC 62443 requirements. The delegates attending the event were incredibly supportive and patient."
Jayne Crowley, E&I Engineering Policy Manager – SGN

“This was a great opportunity to learn about the IEC 62443 concepts, controls and framework.”
Anja Ivanovska, Info Sec Specialist - EVN

“A refreshing insight and different angle on cyberthreats and possible measures for the OT domain.”
Bas Mulder, Technologist OT – TenneT

“Very informative to see how cyber-criminal activity is becoming very organised, which makes them even more dangerous.”
John Milor, Cybersecurity Risk Consultant Expert - Pacific Gas & Electric

“The overall presentation and subject matter discussed was awesome. I have enjoyed the in-depth insightful discussion of the presenters thoroughly.”
Aninda Chatterjee, Project Engineer – Siemens


Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of utility smart grid implementation leaders and decision makers?

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect environment for you to do this and more! Capped at 30 stands we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest Substation, SCADA, Telecom, and Cybersecurity solutions for our audience and maximum visibility and interaction levels for our exhibitors.


Mandana White, CEO, Smart Grid Forums

Smart Grid Forums Ltd
PO Box 63594, London, N19 9FT, United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)20 8057 1700 | registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Smart Grid Forums is an independent conference production company serving the smart grid technical community. We monitor the market, conduct in-depth interviews with technical decision makers and translate this information into techno-commercial conferences that empower participants to accelerate their implementation plans and deliver exceptional results to their organisations. Our events are peer-to-peer exchanges. They are immersive, exhaustive and action oriented. We place the utility voice centre-stage and uncover the implementation insights that will enable you to benchmark your own digitisation strategy, fine-tune your own implementation plan, and deliver exceptional results to your own organisation.

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