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Smart Grid Educational Series

NREL hosts an ongoing series of educational webinars on smart grid-related topics, featuring speakers from the lab and the energy industry.

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Annual Cybersecurity & Resilience Workshop

October 9-10, 2017: Cross-Cutting Panels and Breakout Sessions

NREL's Cyber Physical Systems Security & Resilience (CPSSR) Center hosted its second annual workshop on October 9-10, 2017. With the workshop theme "best practices for distributed energy resource (DER) security," attendees came from utilities, vendors, and other national laboratories across the United States, exploring the critical subject of cybersecurity and the electric grid today. The below videos showcase one of the three cross-cutting panel discussions, as well as readouts on key takeaways from breakout group discussions. Learn more about the workshop.


Real-Time Optimization of Distribution Grids for Increased Flexibility and Resilience

October 16, 2017

This webinar featured NREL Senior Engineer Emiliano Dall’Anese on a system-theoretic optimization strategy that enables distributed energy resources (DERs) to achieve coordination in real time, to systematically ensure that electrical quantities are within given security limits throughout the whole grid while maximizing well-defined performance objectives of customers, aggregators, and utilities.

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Using MultiSpeak Data Model Standard & Essence Anomaly Detection for ICS Security

June 16, 2017

This webinar featured Tony Williams of the National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA) on the interoperability standard MultiSpeak and described applications and tools that can be used to infer potential cyber intrusions into Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

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Danger of Prolific Cybercrime and Network DDOS from Unprotected IoT Devices

May 19, 2017

Live from Syracuse University's Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE), this webinar featured a presentation by Scott Wu, chief executive officer of NewSky Security, and Richard Yim, vice president of product management with People Power Company. Wu and Yim discussed emerging threats due to the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) landscape and connected devices in the home, offices, and major industrial centers. Associate Director of Research at SyracuseCoE Chetna Chianese introduced the webinar with an overview of  SyracuseCoE.

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The Industrial Immune System: Using Machine Learning for Next Generation ICS Security

April 7, 2017

This webinar featured a presentation by Jeff Cornelius of Dark Trace on how new machine learning and mathematics are automating advanced threat detection—and why some of the world's leading energy and manufacturing companies are using these technologies to detect early indicators of cyber-attacks or vulnerabilities.

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Software Patching Lessons Learned: An Interesting Perspective

March 24, 2017

This webinar featured a presentation by Michele Wright and Lindsey Hale of FoxGuard Solutions on software patch management from an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and electric utility perspective.

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Using Streaming Analytics for Effective Real Time Network Visibility

March 3, 2017

This webinar featured a presentation by Dave Mitchell and Bill Sella of Singularity Networks about how traditional big-data network analysis can be flipped on its side through the use of streaming analytics.

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Solution for Data Security Challenges Faced by Smart Grid Evolution

February 17, 2017

This webinar featured a presentation by Dataguise CTO Venkat Subramanian on data security challenges faced by an evolving electric power grid.

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Deception Based Intrusion Detection & Prevention for SCADA Environments

February 3, 2017

This webinar featured a presentation by Senior Systems Engineer Chad Gasaway with Illusive Networks, discussing deception-based intrusion detection and prevention.

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Introducing AgilePQ DCM (Digital Conversion Module)

January 6, 2017
This webinar featured a presentation from three AgilePQ speakers on cryptography and the AgilePQ Digital Conversion Module (DCM).

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An Introduction to FIDO and Why It Matters

November 18, 2016
This webinar featured a presentation from Arshad Noor, Founder and CTO of StrongAuth.

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Smart Grid Support

October 7, 2016
This webinar featured a presentation on smart grid support from Reid Nuttal, Former CIO of Oklahoma Gas & Electric and Advisor to Connixt Inc., and G. Satish, CEO of Connixt Inc.

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Hitachi Consulting Vision for Environmental Sustainability

September 30, 2016
This webinar featured a presentation on energy conservation, sensors, and security from Rose Gabriele and Todd Hunter of Hitachi.

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Video Surveillance System Security & NERC CIP Compliance

August 19, 2016
This webinar featured a presentation on cybersecurity and video surveillance from Joe Coe of Hikvision, and a second presentation by John Chowdhury of NKSoft on compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) plan.

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Cybersecurity Technology & Architecture Dialogue

July 29, 2016
This webinar featured a presentation on a cybersecurity technology from Indegy's CTO, Mille Gandelsman, and a second presentation by Mike Marullo of Infonetrix on "The Case for Intelligent Infrastructure Intelligence That's Built In Not Bolted On!"

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Smart Grid Virtual Town Hall Meeting to Honor The Late Erich Gunther

NREL hosted this webinar on June 29, 2016, as a virtual town hall meeting to honor the late Erich Gunther of EnerNex, who was instrumental in the development of smart grid standards.

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Blackridge & Soha Cybersecurity Technologies

This webinar from June 14, 2016, is the first in a series of innovative cybersecurity technology showcases as part of the NREL Smart Grid Educational Series webinars. John Hayes, founder and CTO, BlackRidge Technology, presented on a new approach to securing the smart grid with identity-based network security. Robert Berlin, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Soha Systems, presented on enabling third-party access to critical applications while reducing risk of breaches.

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Industry Outreach for OE CEDS Roadmap Initiative/Cybersecurity in Connected Homes & Buildings

This webinar was presented on May 31, 2016, as part of NREL's Smart Grid Educational Series. Dr. Carol Hawk of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems (CEDS) presented on the industry outreach effort for the OE CEDS Roadmap Initiative. Roberta Gamble, Partner and Vice President at Frost & Sullivan, as well as Global Business Unit Leader for the Energy and Environment team, presented on cybersecurity in connected homes and smart buildings.

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Hardware Security for Smart Grid End Point Devices

Shrinath Eswarahally of Infinion hosted this webinar on hardware security for smart grid end point devices on May 11, 2016.

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Role of Software Defined Networking and WAN Virtualization in Securing SCADA Systems

Thomas Williams, Security Architect Lead at the California Independent System Operator (ISO), hosted a webinar on April 27, 2016, on the role of software defined networking and WAN virtualization in securing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.

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IoT/PowerMatcher Transactive Energy for Smart Cities

William J. Miller, President of MaCT USA, hosted a webinar on April 13, 2016, on the Internet of Things (IoT) and PowerMatcher Transactive Energy for smart cities.

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Nonlinear Oscillators and Self-Organizing Power Electronics Systems

NREL Electrical Engineer Dr. Brian Johnson hosted a webinar on March 30, 2016, on non-linear oscillators and self-organizing power electronics as scalable solutions for power systems design.

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Secure and Reliable Grid Integration of Distributed Energy Resources/CAISO Communication via Remote Intelligent Gateway

Doug Campbell, CEO of DC Systems, presented a webinar on March 9, 2016, on two topics: secure and reliable grid integration of distributed energy resources, and California Independent Service Operator (CAISO) Communication via a Remote Intelligent Gateway for Independent Power Producers.

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Insecure Field Devices on the Smart Grid: Cyber Risks, Damage Potential, and Practical Solutions

Maurice Martin, Technology Leader for NREL's Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Resilience Center, hosted a webinar on February 25, 2016, on the cyber risks, damage potential, and practical solutions for insecure field devices on the smart grid.

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