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APPA offers webinar next week on cybersecurity legislation and regulation


From the May 14, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published May 14, 2013

By Meghan Riley
Education Coordinator

On Thursday, May 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, APPA will hold a webinar on "Cyber Security: Legislation, Regulation and Executive Orders." This webinar is intended to provide a legislative and policy overview, as opposed to a technical review, on how to ensure that your utility is cyber secure.

APPA staff members from three departments will lead this webinar: Will Coffman, senior government relations representative; Puesh Kumar, director of engineering and operations; and Nathan Mitchell, director of electric reliability standards and compliance. They will provide a review of cybersecurity issues from a legislative and regulatory standpoint, including actions taken outside of those frameworks (such as executive orders).

The speakers will also discuss what the future holds for the electric sector in this area, and how individual utilities should engage with their legislators and others to educate them on the steps the utility industry is taking on cybersecurity.

Specific topics will include:

  • Mandatory CIP standards – Versions 3 and 5, including which entities and cyber systems are covered and what is not covered for distribution and business systems
  • Information sharing, including through the Electricity Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ES-ISAC)
  • Executive order process and outcomes, with a focus on the cybersecurity framework
  • Cybersecurity Essentials, such as what is a threat, what is a vulnerability and how will I know?
  • Legislation

This webinar is worth 0.2 continuing education units, 1.5 professional development hours and 1.5 continuing professional education credits.

For more information and to register for the webinar, visitwww.APPAAcademy.org or contact Meghan Riley at MRiley@PublicPower.orgor 202/467-2919.


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