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Snohomish PUD cosponsors regional cyber summit


From the April 1, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published April 1, 2013

Snohomish County, Wash., Public Utility District joined with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to cosponsor a Cyber Summit last week aimed at sharing information about protecting critical systems. The event addressed the unique cyber assets in Washington state and the approaches that companies and organizations are taking to confront challenges and provided an educational forum for legislators and government officials to gather information about the activities of various Washington public and private entities, the PUD said.

"This is a crucial and growing topic that we need to proactively address," said PUD General Manager Steve Klein. "At the summit, we assembled key players to identify partnerships and to brief lawmakers about how we’re taking all necessary measures to protect the power grid and other essential systems."

Cyber security "is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we are now facing," Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., said. "Today’s summit was an important step forward as we craft smart, effective policy to tackle this critical issue."

Snohomish and PNNL said they see the summit as an opportunity to develop a model of information sharing and collaboration that could be adopted to benefit other organizations throughout the United States.

Those attending included DelBene, representatives from several congressional offices, the FBI, the Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Bonneville Power Administration, the University of Washington, the Washington State National Guard, Seattle City Light, Tacoma Power, Puget Sound Energy and Avista Corp.

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