Presentation: Electric Grid Security (Physical & Cyber Security Threats
Speaker: Bobby Gray
What are the risks of losing a portion of or the entire electric grid in the U.S, and what happens when that occurs. Similar to weather-related outages, from ice storms to tornados or hurricanes, what preparation can be effectively put in place to “weather the storm”? What protection is in place to protect the key assets for electric energy production and to restore these services if they fail or are the target of physical or cyber-related attacks? Is this real or is it just an unlikely doomsday scenario? These topics are not pleasant to investigate or describe, but are a realistic concern in today’s environment.
Another hot-button topic. A great follow-up to the Drones presentation!
Bio: Bobby Gray has been with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) in Kansas City, KS for 3 years. Previous to that he worked at Kansas City Power & Light for 27 years in a variety of positions including Power Sales & Services, Transmission Planning, Certified System Operator, Electric Rate Design and Power Plant Engineer. He holds a BSEE and MSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and is a member of ASIS International and the KC –ASIS Chapter. Bobby has been in his current role of NERC Compliance Officer for the BPU for 2 years. In this role he is responsible for monitoring and directing activities at BPU designed to meet the NERC Reliability Standards and Requirements. He has held the title of CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Senior Manager and still is the Primary Compliance Contact with the audit and enforcement branch of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the delegated Regional Entity for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the NERC Reliability Standards.
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is a not-for-profit international regulatory authority whose mission is to assure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America. NERC develops and enforces Reliability Standards; annually assesses seasonal and long‐term reliability; monitors the bulk power system through system awareness; and educates, trains, and certifies industry personnel. NERC’s area of responsibility spans the continental United States, Canada, and the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico. NERC is the electric reliability organization for North America, subject to oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and governmental authorities in Canada. NERC’s jurisdiction includes users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system, which serves more than 334 million people.