Sargent & Lundy to Present at the 2017 Grid of the Future Symposium

Firm to showcase expertise in power grid cybersecurity; reducing vulnerabilities and implementing protection for utility substations

October 5, 2017 - Sargent & Lundy is presenting at the upcoming Grid of the Future™ symposium, sponsored by the CIGRE U.S. National Committee (USNC) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) hosted by FirstEnergy. The GOTF symposium, taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, October 22-25, provides participants with the opportunity to network with their peers in the generation, transmission, distribution, markets, and smart grid technologies industries, and provides a variety of seminars and workshops in addition to educational speakers and tutorial sessions.

Sargent & Lundy is presenting two technical papers at the symposium highlighting the firm’s expertise in the field of power grid cybersecurity and substation cybersecurity:

“Methods for Reducing Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities of Power Substations Using Multi-Vendor Smart Devices in a Smart Grid Environment.” Presented by Matt Cole and co-authored by Atilla Aksoy, Jordan Bridges, and Fredrick Napier of Sargent & Lundy, this technical presentation will highlight recent cyber-attacks via third party devices and provide a detailed list of recommended methods to reduce an organization’s risk against such threats. The presentation will take place on Monday, October 23 during Paper Session 3A.

“Cybersecurity Challenges of Implementing IEC-61850 for Automation between the Smart Distribution Control Center and the Substation.” Presented by Matt Cole and co-authored by Raymond Arnold and Matt LaCourt of Sargent & Lundy, this presentation will outline the main benefits of IEC-61850 while identifying the security vulnerabilities introduced during operating the protocol for controls outside the substation and also provide recommendations for enhancing the protocol’s cyber resiliency. It will take place on Tuesday, October 24 during Paper Session 4A.



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