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APPA offers two webinars next week on cybersecurity awareness, performance monitoring and accountability for boards


From the September 9, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published September 9, 2013

By Meghan Riley
Education Coordinator
On Monday, Sept. 16, APPA will hold a webinar, "Cybersecurity Awareness: Part I," from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Eastern time. This is the first in a four-part series of webinars presented by the APPA Academy and Hometown Connections.
    
Protecting your utility from the damage of cyber crime, sabotage and bad practices depends upon all personnel following the basic principles of cybersecurity.  Utility operations and IT teams need the support of everyone else on staff.  Security awareness/training has been proven to be one of the most effective means to improving the security of utilities. This four-part webinar series, led by N-Dimension Solutions, provides cybersecurity awareness training to every member of the utility staff and has been structured as a series to build upon and reinforce the training concepts. Registration links for the courses are below:

•   Cybersecurity Awareness Training: Part I – Sept. 16, 2013 
•   Cybersecurity Awareness Training: Part II – Jan. 23, 2014 
•   Cybersecurity Awareness Training: Part III – Apr. 17, 2014 
•   Cybersecurity Awareness Training: Part IV – Jul. 17, 2014 
                     
On Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 2-3:30 p.m., Eastern Time, APPA will hold a webinar on "Performance Monitoring and Accountability for Boards," the last in a nine-part webinar series on utility governance.

The public power governing body’s primary fiduciary duty is to represent the interests of the owners (customers) of the utility by assuring the organization’s long-term viability through (1) providing appropriate direction and (2) assuring the utility is using resources and operating efficiently and effectively. This responsibility is accomplished through due diligence: monitoring the performance of the organization and the individuals who run it. In this webinar, Jeff Tarbert, executive consultant for APPA, will describe the steps the board and management should take in developing an effective process for monitoring utility performance to assure it is delivering the highest value to customers.
                                                                     
Each webinar is worth .2 continuing education units, 1.5 professional development hours and 1.5 continuing professional education credits.
                          
For more information and to register, visit www.APPAAcademy.org under Webinar Series or contact Meghan Riley at MRiley@PublicPower.org or 202/467-2919.
 

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