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Legal Seminar to include focus on cybersecurity


From the August 15, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published August 15, 2013

By LeAnne Nienhuis
Education and Customer Programs Manager
Four speakers will focus on cybersecurity issues at the APPA Legal Seminarthis October.  

First, APPA President & CEO Mark Crisson will give a high-level policy perspective on "Cyber and Physical Security Issues and the Challenges they Create for the Electric Utility Sector," including the activities of the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security, APPA’s participation in DHS’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council, and legislative activities in this area.

Jonathan Schneider of Stinson Morrison Hecker will speak on "Getting Serious About Cybersecurity," covering the White House’s directive to the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop a cybersecurity framework to be applied to critical sectors of the economy; proposed elements of the framework; how the proposal squares with existing NERC requirements; and other relevant guidance and judgment calls the framework will require municipal utilities to make. 

Critical infrastructure protection (CIP) standards will be the focus of another session, as Andrew Art of Van Ness Feldman speaks on "Moving Toward a ‘Culture of Security.’" As FERC is poised to approve CIP standards that will expand the scope of facilities subject to CIP compliance and require major compliance changes for owners and operators of bulk electric system facilities, attendees will learn about the forthcoming transition to Version 5 CIP standards, major changes in the standards, key implementation and compliance planning deadlines, and actions municipal utilities may take to help ensure a smooth transition.

"Cybersecurity Strategies for Small Utilities" will be the topic of another session. Understanding and addressing cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities is an industry-wide challenge, and smaller utilities are not immune to these risks and vulnerabilities. Meg McNaul of Thompson Coburn will discuss strategies and specific steps that smaller, non-bulk electric system public power utilities should take to identify potential cybersecurity threats and secure their systems. 

The Legal Seminar will be held Oct. 20-23 in Seattle, Wash., at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. APPA will apply for Continuing Legal Education accreditation in mandatory CLE states. 

For complete program and registration information, visit www.publicpower.org/LegalSeminar.
 

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